Cilgerran Castle - Explorer Pass

Please note, Cilgerran Castle will not be opening this summer

Visit Cilgerran Castle and Get Your Cadw Explorer Pass to Visit 20 Historic Monuments in Wales

Your key to unlock Wales' greatest castles, in one ticket!

The Castles of Wales Explorer Pass offers the freedom to explore all of Cadw's historic attractions and help you get the most out of your visit to Wales. 

  • Entry to 20 Welsh castles and attractions (see additional info for full list)
  • Visit as many castle as you want
  • Choice of either the 3 day pass or 7 day pass (the 3 day pass gives you 3 days of entrance and is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of entrance, valid for 14 days)
  • Save lots of money!

Book your Castle of Wales Explorer Pass by tapping 'Book' on this page. Once booked, your pass will be sent to you by email. Show this pass upon entry to all attractions either on your device or print if you prefer.

Welcome to Cilgerran Castle

Standing watch over the village below, Cilgerran Castle rises out of the earth, towers stretching up to meet the clouds drifting overhead.

The castle walls have seen centuries go by, weather-beaten and full of stories to tell, an adventure exploring the ruins of Cilgerran is a glimpse into a time long ago.

Stories of romance

Built during the 12th century, like most castles, its purpose was mainly strategic.

But romance and drama lie at the heart of Cilgerran - tales of princes and princesses, mysterious kidnappings, and love affairs.

Certain rumours tell that the walls of the castle were built to keep Princess Nest safe.

Daughter of the ruler of south Wales, her beauty was unmatched and she would later become known as 'Helen of Wales'.

Said to be abducted by her second cousin, whether in fact it was Nest’s plan all along to escape the castle or not we’ll never know.

Only the walls themselves know the answer and they’ve been holding that secret well for over 900 years.

Exploring the castle

Wander through archways and along castle walls, over bridges, and up staircases to the tops of towers, all while taking in the phenomenal views surrounding you.

Built onto the cliff face, the River Teifi carves its way through the land below the castle.

Roaming the grounds, daydreaming about princesses and medieval folks going about their lives, it’s impossible not to get swept up in the history and beauty of the castle.

Run your fingers along the crumbling stones and take a moment to imagine what it would’ve looked like when it was first constructed all that time ago.

Inspiring Romantics

The famous Romantic painter Joseph Turner only added more intrigue and mystery to Cilgerran Castle by his paintings of the ruins.

Hazy air, castle walls blending in with the surrounding nature, and the river roaming its way below it all.

Look out from the castle walls and try to spot where Turner would’ve stood while creating his masterpieces.

Cardigan Castle standing nearby

Just a few miles downstream, Cardigan Castle can be found on the opposite riverbank.

There's something universal about castles that everyone loves.

Whether it’s the history, architecture, or spectacular views that tend to come hand in hand, a day out castle exploring is fun for the whole family and a fantastic way for everyone to leave with big smiles on their faces.

What other Cadw attractions can I visit with the Castles of Wales Pass? 

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Castles of Wales Explorer 3-day pass and 7-day pass explained:

  • The 3 day pass gives you 3 days of free entrance, that is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of free entrance, valid for 14 days.
  • The passes have been designed to be flexible and suit families and tourists spending one or two week weeks in Wales.

How much money will I save with the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass?

  • The more castles you see the more you'll save. 
  • Entry to the Castles of Wales can be anywhere between £8-£15 (approx) each, so this pass is great for anyone wishing to visit a bunch castes on their visit to Wales. 
  • You can visit a lot of castles in 1-2 weeks!

Who is the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass for?

  • Ideal for anyone looking for things to do in Wales, for anyone wanting to soak up as much Welsh culture as possible, and perfect for families on a budget!
  • Wales is often referred to as the "Castle Capital of the World" and has more castles per square mile than any other country, so this pass is also great for any tourists coming to Wales too!

What does Cadw mean?

  • Cadw [cad-oo] is the Welsh word for 'castle' or 'keep' 

What are the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass family tickets?

  • 2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What Cadw attractions are included in the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass? 

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Cilgerran Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Denbigh Castle 
  • Harlech Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
  • Weobley Castle

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