Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

Stapleton Castle Tours

Sunset over Stapleton Castle
Sunset over Stapleton Castle

An icy morning at Stapleton Castle
An icy morning at Stapleton Castle

Fancy a personal tour of a private castle site? Then we have a very special treat for you in 2020!


Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne.  It has no public access, due to the perilous state of the ruins. However for 2020 we are pleased to announce that the owners, Trefor & Margaret Griffiths, are offering guided walks to private parties around the site.

Tours last a minimum of one hour and include the site of the 12th century castle, the ruins of the 17th century house, the mill site and a relaxing stroll through the gardens.

Book your tour:

Bookings are by prior arrangement, so please call the owners on 01544 267327, preferably giving 24 hours notice. They will do their best to fit in with your time requirements, but will always offer an alternative time/date if they cannot accommodate you then.

Prices are £5 per person, with a minimum charge of £25.

It really is that simple – they are happy to take you, from one person to a whole group!

Presteigne from Stapleton Castle

Refreshments can be arranged after the tour, if you fancy a cuppa to unwind.

What a perfect addition to a visit to The Judge's Lodging. Combine us both and experience a truly immersive day in the history of the area!

Please be aware that the site of the castle itself is on hilly ground. Do wear sensible shoes and be prepared to walk and stand.

Mortimer knight

All proceeds from tours are donated  to The Judge’s Lodging.

Tours are strictly by appointment





Photographs © Alex Ramsay






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