Find Hidden Treasures in Tretower’s Summer Quest
During the school holidays, treat the kids to an awesome adventure with a summer quest at Tretower Court and Castle. As little ones unearth hidden relics, they’ll learn all about the tower’s fascinating history!
Without a doubt, treasure trails are some of the best family-friendly activities in Wales. What could be more exciting than walking in the footsteps of the country’s most famous crusaders? Or emulating great fortune seekers in a race against time? If we’ve sparked your interest, keep reading to find out more.
What can you expect?
Tretower’s summer quest is just one of the highlights of the Cadw event schedule. The itinerary brings you bucketloads of exciting activities spanning 130 historic locations. Whatever you choose and wherever you go, you’re bound to make amazing memories that last a lifetime.
Tretower Court and Castle is nestled within the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) National Park. As you can imagine, there’s plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas. Before or after the treasure hunt, why not explore the dreamy waterfalls or check out other unforgettable family-friendly attractions?
However, you don’t need to travel far and wide. The castle itself provides hours of entertainment. Once home to powerful Welsh lords, the stately structure represents some of the country’s most lavish architecture. The medieval court, grand hall and ornamental gardens used to be a magnet for poets and romantics. Nowadays, they attract thousands of history buffs from across the globe.
As for the summer quest, you’re in a race against time. You must find all the hidden treasures scattered across the castle and grounds, working quickly before Walter the Wrecker of Dunraven Castle arrives. He wants the secret bounty all to himself!
Alongside being great fun for budding explorers, the treasure trail is an interactive learning experience. The whole family will walk away a little more knowledgeable about the region’s rich heritage.
Tretower’s summer quest FAQS
When does the event take place?
Luckily, this event takes place on multiple days throughout the school holidays. Fantastic news because your little one doesn’t have to miss out. Join the fun from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 3rd September, between 10am and 5pm.
Do you have to book and pay?
Although you don’t have to book tickets for the event specifically, you might have to pay the general admission fee. You can do this online or when you arrive. Here’s the price list:
- Members: Free
- Children (under 5): Free
- Adults: £8.70
- Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £28.20
- Disabled person and carer: Free
- Juniors (aged 5 – 17): £6.10
- Students: £6.10
- Seniors (aged 65+): £8.10
Blue Light Card holders receive an additional 10% off. You’ll have to show your card on arrival to be eligible.
How do you get to Tretower Court and Castle?
Tretower Court and Castle is in the western part of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park. It’s signposted in Tretower off the A479, three miles north of Crickhowell. You can also find bus, train and bike routes.
Address: Tretower Court and Castle, Tretower, Crickhowell, NP8 1RF
What facilities are there?
There’s a fantastic range of facilities at Tretower Court and Castle, including a brand-new visitor centre with a restaurant and gift shop. Outside, you’ll find ample parking and bike storage, picnic tables and walking trails.
Is the venue dog-friendly?
Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to access the outside and ground floor levels. However, you won’t be able to take them to the castle’s upper areas.
Is there accommodation nearby?
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Explore Cadw’s sensational summer schedule
Want to learn more about Welsh history and culture? Browse the full Cadw summer activities calendar. There’s something to suit every interest, including medieval festivals, scavenger hunts and archaeology workshops.