Welsh dragon on the move

  • Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle

  • Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle

  • Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle

Fancy getting up close to a real Welsh dragon? Well, you’re in luck — the colossal dragon that broke the banks of Caerphilly Castle in March this year is embarking on a grand tour of seven Welsh castles this summer.

The beast will make appearances at castles all over Wales. Leg one of the tour sees the Dragon visit Flint Castle, Caerphilly Castle and Chepstow Castle. The second leg of the tour shall be announced very soon — so watch this space.

The famous creature, measuring four metres in length and two metres wide, has reptile-like black and red scales, flaring nostrils that fire smoke, and an outreached claw ready to capture passers-by.  

Read on to find out where you can meet the beast — if you dare!

TOUR: LEG 1

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 09 July 2016–10 July 2016
Venue: Flint Castle
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Flint Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see for free until 4pm on Sunday, 10 July 2016 when it will continue its journey across Wales.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 19 July 2016–31 July 2016
Venue: Caerphilly Castle  
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Caerphilly Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 31 July when it will continue its journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 01 August–14 August 2016
Venue: Chepstow Castle  
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Chepstow Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 14 August before it continues its journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.

TOUR: LEG 2

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 16–25 August
Venue: Beaumaris Castle  
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Beaumaris Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 25 August before it continues its journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 27 August–1 September
Venue: Rhuddlan Castle
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Rhuddlan Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 1 September before it continues its journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 3–15 September
Venue: Kidwelly Castle
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Kidwelly Castle.
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 14 September before it continues its journey across Wales. Usual admission fees apply.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 17 September 2016
Venue: Y Maes, Caernarfon  
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster on the Maes
Booking: No booking required. The dragon will be available to see until 5pm on 17 September when it will continue its journey across Wales. Visitors wishing to explore Caernarfon Castle on the day will enjoy 10% off usual admission.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 18 September – 26 September
Venue: Harlech Castle
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Harlech Castle.
Booking: No booking required. Usual admission fees apply.

Event: Dare to meet the Dragon
Date / Time: 27 September – 12 November 
Venue: Raglan Castle
Info: Visitors are dared to stand inside the dragon’s giant claw as they are ‘captured’ by the mythical monster at Raglan Castle.
Booking: No booking required. Usual admission fees apply.



Visitors meeting the beast can access bonus Dragon content by opening the Cadw app in-front of the beast’s enormous snout, thanks to the latest iBeacon technology.

Make sure you share your adventurous experience on social media with the hashtag #HistoricAdventures — our favourite will win a year’s free family entry.

PLUS: Dragon Spotters Wanted!

Families can also enjoy dragon-related fun at more than 30 Cadw sites this summer, from a ‘dragon spotter’ quest trail, dragon merchandise, and dragon-themed storytelling sessions. Contact your local site to hear more.