Picton Castle and Gardens

Picton Castle is a rare 13th-century castle with a series of elegant Georgian interiors

A venerable exterior hiding a series of 'elegant Georgian rooms': Picton Castle

A venerable exterior hiding a series of 'elegant Georgian rooms': Picton Castle

The castle was built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan, and it is still used by his descendants, the Philipps family. From the outside, the building looks like a condensed version of an Edwardian castle, but once you are past the entrance you discover that it instead of the expected inner courtyard and keep it has a series of elegant Georgian rooms more typical of a stately home.

Sir John Philipps, the sixth baronet, remodelled the interior of the castle in 1749-52, completely redecorating the house above basement level, adding new plasterwork, panelling, and sash windows and at least four marbled fireplaces. A Regency wing was added some years later.

Visitor information

A stroll through the grounds reveals 40 acres of woodland gardens famous for their azalea and rhododendron displays and profusion of wild flowers. Children will love  the maze and play area, while adults will enjoy the tapas at  Maria’s Courtyard Restaurant.  Books, games and toys are on sale in the shop, and you can take home your own piece of the gardens by buying plant from the nursery. Picton's two galleries host art and crafts shows through the summer months.


Venue details

Picton Castle and Gardens Picton Castle and Gardens, The Rhos, Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire SA62 4AS 01437 751326 www.pictoncastle.co.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £6.50)

21 Mar – 31 Oct
Castle and Gardens, Daily, 10am – 5pm
Gardens open all year round