The walk from the Church to the Castle takes about 45 minutes, along public footpaths and over the Iron Bridge. The reason the Sunday morning service still starts at 11.15 and not 11.00, was originally to enable the servants of Ruperra Castle to clear away breakfast and walk to church in time to meet the family who would arrive by coach.
The church is happy for walkers and cyclists to use the toilet anytime, which is situated in the building at the back of the graveyard behind a red door. Please respectfully leave it clean and tidy!
To arrange a visit to view the chapel and hatchments please email: email@example.com
If you are unable to visit you can take a virtual tour and view the hatchments and chapel: Heritage – St. Michael & All Angels Church, Lower Machen
The Church have also produced some remarkable books on the Chapel and Hatchments which are available for delivery for a donation. Find out more about the remarkable books
View maps and find out how to visit the area
In early drawings Ruperra Castle looks like an illustration in a fairy tale. Judging by the many delicate arched windows it was certainly not meant to be a fortress. How did such a romantic castle happen to be built in the early 17th century? This short film was made in 2009 and features the early history of the castle, its cultural and political background and the ancestry of Sir Thomas Morgan, the man who built it in 1626.