Now in the capable hands of the National Trust, which has embarked on a major restoration programme, the Castle is an exceptional attraction for anyone visiting South Wales.
Masses of events take place here, from classic car rallies to falconry demonstrations, archaeology tours and medieval fun days for the kids. There is a beautifully preserved medieval bridge Wales’ only restored tidal mill - which would have been fed by the nearby Carew river - an 11th century Celtic cross and a diverse range of wildlife from swans to owls, and several species of bat. Even, if legend is to be believed, the ghost of a Barbary ape!
Visit and learn of Carew Castle’s colourful past, featuring Princess Nest, said to have been the most beautiful woman in Wales, rumours of treason and piracy, and a spell in the Tower of London for one unfortunate owner. Bring a picnic to enjoy and make sure you take the circular one-mile walk around the grounds that takes in the principal highlights and allows superb views of the castle.