The Castle Hotel has a long association with rugby in Wales, not least because the inaugural meeting of the Welsh Rugby Union took place here on 12th March 1881, and Neath is home to Wales’ oldest rugby club, founded in 1871.
The actual inauguration was held in our oak panelled Centenary room where the walls are adorned with the shields of the 11 original founding members. Strangely enough, Neath itself was not an original member, even though it boasts the oldest rugby club in Wales.
The WRU continue to patronise the hotel, and held their official 125th Anniversary meeting here on 12th March 2006 when David Pickering, chairman of the WRU, presented us with a plaque of the commemorative game between WRU Presidents XV and Neath at the Gnoll rugby ground.
WEEKEND RATE AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
£30.00 per person bed & full Welsh breakfast (based on 2 sharing)
STAY 3 NIGHTS AND GET 3RD NIGHT HALF PRICE to include a saturday
BOOK 5 ROOMS AND GET 6TH ROOM FREE
SPECIAL DINNER, BED & BREAKFAST RATE £40.00 per person (based on 2 sharing))
SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE FOR VISITING TEAMS & SUPPORTERS’ CLUBS UPON REQUEST
These rates are subject to availability and are not available during some of the 6 Nations Championship weekends.
The hotel is a great base for rugby enthusiasts as it’s within easy reach of so many great rugby venues and each year we welcome supporters and players alike from around the world. The iconic Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is only 40 minutes away by car and 45 minutes by train which leaves from Neath station (2 minutes walk) and pulls in 5 minutes walk from the ground.
The stunning Liberty Stadium, home to the Ospreys, is only 10 minutes away by car and our local ground, The Gnoll, is a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
If you’re flying over from Ireland the hotel is 45 minutes from Cardiff Airport and if you’re arriving by ferry into Fishguard, we’re 11/2 hours away.
For great rugby days, visit us at the Castle Hotel – birthplace of Welsh Rugby