Picton Castle & Gardens

A medieval castle enriched with Georgian creativity.

Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 4AS

Picton Castle in Wales
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Surrounded by a spectacular 40 acre RHS Partner Garden, Picton Castle originated in the 13th century, with a splendid Georgian wing added in the 1790s.

A treasured family home for over 700 years, the elegant rooms feature magnificent fireplaces by Sir Henry Cheere, and fine works of art, including the controversial ‘Picton Renoir’.

Picton Castle is a most unusual ancient building, as it is a fully developed medieval castle that was transformed into a stately home in the 18th century. From the outside with its four symmetrically spaced half round towers and gatehouse entrance flanked by two narrower towers it is based upon patterns of Irish castles of the period and is the only one of this type in the mainland UK.

As soon as you enter the Castle it is revealed not to have an inner courtyard and keep but rather a series of finely planned rooms typical of the grand country house that it is.

Opening Times


November to March: Daily, 10am to 4pm, tours at noon, 1pm; closed 24 to 26 Dec, 1 Jan.

April to October: Daily, 9am to 5pm, tours 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free and do not need to pre-book. Guided tours of the castle can only be booked on arrival at the ticket office, so arrive early to avoid disappointment if possible.

Group Visits
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip visited the Castle for lunch in 2014. Picton's Head Gardener recalls anextraordinary feeling of seeing such a familiar face in real life. He assumed she would be seven foot tall - she’s not! On her last visit, in the 1960's, the Queen liked the curtains in our White and Gold Drawing Room so much, similar ones were commissioned for the Palace of Holyrood.

Picton Castle Great Hall

Become a Historic Houses member

Explore the nation’s heritage from just £59 per year.

Hundreds of the most beautiful historic houses, castles, and gardens across Britain offer our members free entry.

Receive a quarterly magazine exploring the architecture, collections, and family histories of our grandest and oldest homes, and get an insight into what it takes to keep them standing today.

Enjoy monthly online lectures about the houses and their extraordinary history, presented by experts including house owners, curators and guest lecturers.

Join now
Picton Castle Dining Room

Sign up for our free bulletin

Are you interested in the stories locked away inside Britain’s Historic Houses? Every Friday, we publish a free newsletter detailing news, stories and details from our member houses. From the stained glass windows of Knebworth House to the armoury of Bamburgh Castle, whether you’re a member or just interested, subscribe here and explore the treasures of Britain’s Historic Houses.