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Visting Chepstow, we recommend:

Visting Chepstow, we recommend:

'The Venue, The Town & our recommendations'

About the Castle (reproduced from Cadw Website).

Beautifully preserved Chepstow Castle is a history lesson in stone.

If you think modern doors are long lasting, think again. Chepstow boasts the oldest castle doors in Europe. All wood and all of 800 years old. Until 1962 these doors hung in the main gateway, but are now in safe keeping in the on-site exhibition. Let’s just say it would be nigh on impossible to find a replacement.

The whole site is a lesson in longevity. From around 1067 through to 1690, the castle, almost chameleon-like, changed its appearance as fashions changed in military architecture. More a case of bright architects than bright colours however.

Century after century, the castle grew and grew along its narrow cliff top ridge. The oldest building is the Norman great tower but building work continued well into the 17th-century as medieval battlements were replaced by stronger musket-friendly parapets. Bows and arrows were so last century!

There is a lot more to Chepstow Castle and we always advise Festival goers to visit the site (and the Town) on show days. The Castle is open as usual during the day and you can see a much larger area including the stunning views of the River Wye from the ramparts, two further Baileys, the Barbican and the Great Tower.

Feel free check out:

Some great photos and information on the Castle is available at:

and of course the guardians of Chepstow Castle:

 The Castle is open to visitors during the Festival from 9:30am – 6:00pm


As a Venue.

We think you will agree, simply awesome. From the minute you first approach the imposing entrance you will see that the Castle is something very special.

Once you passed through the mighty gates you enter the ‘Lower Bailey’ and see the ancient splendour of the arena.

The fully enclosed site bounded by tall historic walls provides some astonishing acoustics. Also the arena naturally slopes gently towards the stage, giving great views where ever you are. You may very well wonder if it was purpose built for live concert and shows?


It is simply spectacular, large enough to create a buzz yet small enough to be relaxed and chilled.

And as the sunsets over the ramparts............



Chepstow Town. 

The historic walled border town and ancient port of Chepstow, is a lovely place for a ‘mooch’ and definitely worthwhile of arriving early.

Whether you fancy enjoying some fine food available at many local establishments, taking in a little retail therapy, having a stroll around the quaint Town or a quiet meander along the banks of the River Wye.


Once upon a time it is said that Chepstow had the highest concentration of Public Houses in the Country ! Probably fueled by the extremely 'thirsty' workers at the National Ship Yard.

There are still some great bars open for a few late drinks after the shows, giving you a chance to chat about the great day you have had.

If you are staying, we are at the start of the stunning "Wye Valley" and also border the "Forest Of Dean", both beautiful parts of the world. We thoroughly recommend you make the most of your time with us and take in the local area!

Recommended places to stay:

The Beaufort Hotel & Bar, Chepstow (01291 622497)

Greenman Affordable Accomodation, Chepstow (07870 611979)

The George Hotel & Bar (01291 625363)

Recommended places to eat and drink:

The Beaufort Hotel & Bar, The Lion Public House,The George Hotel & Bar

The Three Tuns Public House (+B&B), The Queens Head Micropub

The Limetree Cafe & Bar, The Riverside Wine Bar & Meditteranean Restaurant

StoneRock Artisan Pizzeria, Upstairs Bistro & Bar