From Tintern Abbey, we headed out to Chepstow Castle which was less than 20 minutes away. Excellent use of time and pre-planning if you ask me. I was excited to tackle another castle, especially after the amazing visit to Tintern Abbey. We arrived at Chepstow, and the castle actually didn’t seem that big. It wasn’t dramatic like Caerphilly, instead it was similar to a sleeping dragon.
One of the interesting elements of Chepstow Castle is actually these medieval doors. They are over 800 years old, and are in full display for visitors to see. I loved being so up close to incredible handy work. Neal wasn’t as impressed as me, but this is a girl who can’t hang a picture straight.
When we arrive at a new site, Neal sets off to explore (almost like a little boy). He always climbs the slippery steps without fear and then calls my name from the top of the castle wall. **Swoon.**
When I finally brave the steps (they are that scary people), I was surprised at how large and expansive the castle grounds were. It seemed to keep on going!
The Great Hall at Chepstow Castle was amazing, filled with details (big and small) not to mention the scale! Can you imagine breaking bread with the Lord of the manor here?
There was something o charming about the ivy that covered the walls at Chepstow Castle.
As we were leaving the castle, I spotted this little boy who was out walking along the castle perimeter. I could only guess the types of tall tales of kings and knights he had running through his head.
Across the street from the castle was this sweet lil hotel.
Neal really enjoyed Chepstow Castle, primarily because he could see so much potential in the castle. (They are currently doing major conservation projects, so Neal is excited to return once they are complete.) This castle was very different from previous castles we have visited, I enjoyed it for the details different color bricks, the ivy, the Great Hall and the expansive estate.
Up next is our visit to some Roman Ruins! ( Yes, we visited Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Roman Ruins all in one day. Needless to say I was exhausted at the end of the day! )
* If you are looking to explore Wales, look at purchasing a CADW explorer pass. 3-Day pass for two adults is £20.30 while a 7-day pass is £31.60. This allows for unlimited access to all CADW sites and well worth the money. For more information, visit CADW’s site here. (Yes, this is another CADW site…Neal and I are getting the most of our membership.)
* We would recommend about 1 hour to see Chepstow, there is a good amount of walking around on these grounds.
* Parking at Chepstow Castle, has a public car park near the castle that is free parking on Sunday, for all day! (Who doesn’t like that?)
*The grounds of Chepstow Castle is very steep. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes, they are best to navigate steep paths and slippery steps.