Renowned for being the largest castles in Wales, and the second largest in Britain behind Windsor, Caerphilly Castle is one of the finest examples of a medieval fortress in South Wales. The castle was built in the 13th century by Gilbert de Clare with the aim of taking control over Glamorgan and preventing Llywelyn the Last.
The tower is further known for its concentric design, its extensive water defences, and massive gatehouses, designed to intimidate and detere. During its construction, one of the towers started to lean, earning its nickname as the ‘Leaning Tower of Caerphilly’, bringing a little slice of Pisa to South Wales.
Caerphilly Castle was subject to a number of sieges, including one in 1316 when it was attacked by 10,000 of Llywelyn Bren’s men, and another later in 1326 when it was captured by Edward II. Today, Caerphilly Castle is maintained by Cadw Heritage.
Visitors to the castle can explore the grand Great Hall where grand feasts and events would have taken place, climb up to the South East Tower which houses a chapel and former living quarters, visit the Inner Ward where you’ll find further living quarters and a kitchen, and soak up the castle’s history in the exhibition and visitor centre.
For adults its £10.60 to enter Caerphilly Castle and £7.50 for children. Family tickets can be purchased for £34.30, as well as memberships starting at £24 per year for individuals.
Step back in time and discover the wonders of Caerphilly Castle…