Caerphilly Castle

Accredited Attraction - Wales
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    Caerphilly Castle

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    Caerphilly Castle

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  • Caerphilly Castle © Crown copyright (2016) Cadw

    Caerphilly Castle

The fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales.

Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates. Hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms. It’s also a great backdrop for TV and film. It secured a starring role recently in the popular BBC TV series Merlin.

This stone behemoth, surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands was the brainchild of Gilbert ‘the Red’ de Clare, a redheaded nobleman of Norman descent. He also built the original Castell Coch, ‘Red Castle’, located the other side of Caerphilly mountain.

Gilbert de Clare and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd were contemporaries at war and early attempts by Gilbert to build a castle were thwarted by the Welsh prince. Gilbert eventually won through and built a mammoth stronghold using the concentric ‘walls within walls’ system of defence. He also made sure there were large and comfortable rooms to live in.

However, once the threat posed by Llywelyn was quelled by Edward I, the raison d’etre for this massive fortress changed. The castle’s condition worsened until late in the 19th century when the third marquess of Bute began preservation work. We have a lot to thank the Butes for in South Wales!

Big things are happening at Caerphilly Castle. We are embarking on a major theatre production with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, bringing Macbeth to the largest castle in Wales. Work started on the 23 of January, and will continue until the 23 of February. Large theatre sets are being built in the Inner East Gatehouse and in the Great Hall. Some parts of the castle are being heavily transformed. Access might be restricted in some parts, but we are making ever effort to re-open rooms once sets have been built.

More information about the show, along with tickets, available from Chapter.

Please note that Caerphilly Castle will close at 3pm on the 16 and 18 of Feb, due to matinee performances of Macbeth.


Please note that the Cadw Dragon will be temporarily absent from Caerphilly Castle for six weeks from 16th February 2017.

During this period, the Dragon will undergo its annual health check and indulge in some much-needed ‘me-time’ ahead of the busy spring season.

The Dragon will return to Caerphilly Castle on 2nd April 2017 but make sure you keep your eyes peeled during its absence – it could pop up anywhere…

Events at Caerphilly Castle

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Opening times

Dates
1 November 2016 - 28 February 2017

Times

Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'

Admission costs

Adult - £6.00
Family - £16.20*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £4.20
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Facilities and information

Baby changing Cycle stands Dogs welcome Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Charging car park Portable induction loop Toilets Video presentation
  • CaerphillyCastle@wales.gsi.gov.uk
  • Disabled visitors can be dropped off by car at the main entrance
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Prices valid until March 2017
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
  • Please do not feed bread products to the birds. Bread is harmful to the birds.
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
  • This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website
    http://www.noflydrones.co.uk/
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Directions

Postcode CF83 1JD

Car Road A468 (from Newport), M4 (J32), A470, A469 (from Cardiff).

Rail Rail 1km/0.6mls Caerphilly, on the Cardiff-Bargoed Rhymney route.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.