A little bit about us...
Picton Castle was built shortly before the 13th century, and was lived in until just over 30 years ago. Ownership of the castle has always stayed with important Welsh families, the last of which was the Philipps family, who made the decision to create a charitable trust in order for the preservation of the building to be maintained.
The castle and surrounding 40 acres of beautiful woodland gardens, have been open to the public since the trust was created. Picton Castle and Gardens remains one of Pembrokeshire's most popular visitor attractions, and we receive over 30,000 visitors per year.
How you can help...
The Coronavirus outbreak has had a devastating effect on the Pembrokeshire tourism industry. However, visitor safety is our number one priority, and so we made the decision to close the whole site to help stop the spread of this deadly virus.
As a charity who relies so heavily on the income from visitors, we are struggling, like so many others, to make ends meet.
We need your help to get us through this tough time, so we can look forward to re-opening our castle and gardens, and providing our visitors with the wonderful experiences we are known for.
In exchange for your kind donations, we will gift you with rewards, for you to redeem once we re-open. This much needed cash injection will help us to maintain the castle and gardens over the coming months, and allow us to plan for the future.
How our charity works...
We rely on our visitors to provide essential income to help maintain the castle and gardens. To help enhance our visitor experience, we deliver a diverse range of events throughout the year, including fairs, dog shows, photography courses, Halloween and Christmas events, to name a few!
We also offer tours of the castle interior to visiting members of the public, and we are one of the most popular places to visit for coach groups, who love our relaxed tours and wonderful restaurant! Our on site gift shop is also hugely popular, and stocks an array of Picton themed goodies, and many other wonderful gift ideas. Our plant sales throughout the summer months are an important part of our fund-raising activities, and we stock a huge variety, a firm favourite with our guests.
We have two holiday lodges here at Picton Castle, which have recently been refurbished. Income from our holiday lodges is vital to us, and we are lucky to be able to provide such a wonderful setting for holidaymakers. Guests can wonder the gardens at their own leisure, and have the privilege of enjoying the gardens in the evening, once our day visitors have all gone home! On site we also have Maria's infamous courtyard restaurant, providing much needed refreshments to our guests, and the Mansion of Mystery Escape Room, who will this year be opening their second room!
Last year we were joined by The Welsh Owl Garden, and their wonderful collection of owls and exotic birds. A permanent fixture at Picton Castle, they are hugely popular with our guests and this year will hopefully be performing flying displays on the north lawn every day once we re-open.
We thank you for your support and generous donations and we look forward to seeing you all very soon!