Picton Castle and Gardens

Archive for 2020

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December at Picton

The Welsh Owl Garden Over the year there have been lots of exciting developments over in the Welsh Owl Garden. Visitors are often surprised to see just how many different species of birds and animals we have on the grounds of Picton; we have quite a menagerie! Sadly, due to the pandemic, animal sanctuaries and […]

Our Glorious Gardens

  It has been so lovely to see visitors back at Picton this week, just in time to enjoy the last of the spectacular Autumn colours after the second Welsh lockdown. Although it has been a tough year, with a lot of days where the grounds have been closed to the public, the gardening team […]

A Garden of Romance

The Walled Garden Project The restoration of the Walled Garden is so impressive and the work has moved on so quickly over the summer. It is quite breathtaking. The heritage Greenhouse is now in placed and is looking FABULOUS! The walls of the old cottages are repaired, the roofs are on, just waiting for some […]

The Castle is Back on the Menu, boys!

Over the last couple of weeks, despite the weather’s best efforts to blow us all away, we’ve had lots going on. Walled Garden Restoration Progress There has been huge progress over at the Walled Garden Project, thanks to the great team of cheery builders (and let’s not forget their fantastic and impressive beards). The much […]

Family Days Out!

We are really excited about our new family days this summer. What is not to love about Puzzling and Baby Owls??? From this week (10th August 2020) we will be having themed, family focussed days, every Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of the school holidays. There are going to be lots of extra activities […]

So Much New to Do…

The lovely weather is perfectly timed to coincide with lots of new things to do at Picton. So much that we hope you will be able to fit it all in! Welsh Owl Garden One of our firm favourites with the ‘young at heart’ of all ages is, of course, our wonderful Owl Garden. But […]

Open and Covid Prepared

We are So Happy to welcome People back to Picton From my post in the car park (peeping over the top of my mask) it has been lovely to greet familiar faces, chat with new visitors and to listen to the wild laughter of the children on the Jungle Boardwalk. After so many months at […]

Coping with Coronavirus!

This year will forever be remembered as the the strangest period of most of our lives! Dealing with Coronavirus and the drastic changes we have all had to make to our daily lives is something that will be etched in our minds for years to come. But it’s amazing how resilient we all can be […]


2021 Update The gardens and The Welsh Owl Garden & Zoo are open daily from 10-5.  The castle will reopen for tours on Monday 17th May. The Courtyard gallery will be open from Monday 17th May. The Mansion of Mystery Escape Rooms will reopen from Wednesday 19th May The gift shop, play area and lawnmower […]

Fairies and Folklore April 6th-19th

To celebrate the return of our hugely popular Fairy Door Trail this April, we are hosting a fun fortnight of magical activities here at Picton Castle! Explore the beautiful woodland areas of our gardens hunting for the hidden fairy doors, work out the clues and then head to our gift shop to claim your certificate […]

Families of Picton Tours 8, 11, 22 & 25 March

Families of picton castle tours In March we will be hosting a new event exploring the ‘The Families of Picton.’ This will be the second in our series of specialist tours on different aspects of Picton’s rich history. During this tour we will be looking at the personal stories of the individual family members throughout the 800 years […]

Wildlife Rescue and Conservation at Picton

We had an amazing time with rescued animals last week Pembrokeshire Hogspital were here all week and brought in some of their residents. This is Tritan and he was found injured on the playing fields at Tasker Milward School. Although he has recovered, his injuries have left him blind, which means he can’t be released […]

All Aboard for Wildlife Week!

Despite the recent storms there are early bursts of colour everywhere in the garden; snowdrops, daffodils, camellias and even the rare lords-and-ladies are emerging! The squirrels are scampering everywhere, the woodland birds are flitting madly and you can hear the drumming sound of the woodpeckers. In celebration of the end of winter we have organised […]

Lord Milford’s Portfolio of Mystery Castles

Recently a fascinating portfolio of sketches has come into our hands and it has opened up a bit of a mystery that we hope the good people of Pembrokeshire and beyond might be able to help us with. The story behind the folio is quite interesting. It was purchased in an auction by one of […]

The Mansion of Mystery

  Do you have a quiet weekend ahead? Then why not spice things up with a trip to the Mansion of Mystery Escape Room at Picton Castle? The theme of the escape room is the ‘Time Machine’. The story is set in 1895. Cornelius Cogworthy, the greatest inventor of the Victorian age, has invented a […]

The Winter Garden at Picton

  Very few people know about our newly created Winter Garden tucked away in the woodlands near the Peep-In Walk. It has been planted with winter interest and colour in mind. It is made up of some familiar seasonal favourites such as birch and dogwood in unusual varieties, all laid out in complementary and eye-catching planting […]

Winter Activities at Picton Castle

There is a decided January chill in the air but the trees and evergreens in the garden are radiant in the soft dewy sunlight. To make the most of the shorter days we have some new treats for our visitors. We have put together a new wild life spotting trail for children, with pictures and […]