Caerphilly Castle

Accredited Attraction — Wales
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    Caerphilly Castle Attraction Map

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    Caerphilly Castle

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    Caerphilly Castle

For two weeks only (Nov 23–Dec 9), Caerphilly Castle will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland, where guests can enjoy outdoor skating on a real ice rink...

Castle open Monday to Friday 12.00 – 4.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Ice-rink open Monday to Friday 12.00 – 9.00pm    

Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 9.00pm

Tickets available:  ticketsource.co.uk/caerphilly-castle-ice-rink

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.

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Opening times

Dates
10 December 2018 - 28 February 2019

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'

Visitor Notice: 

The Great Hall of Caerphilly Castle will be closed to visitors from Monday 7 January–Friday 1 February 2018. This is to allow our conservation specialists the safety to carry out essential maintenance work on the interior of the hall. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

Admission costs

Adult - £8.50
Family - £24.60*
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

Student and children under 16 - £5.10

Senior Citizen - £6.80

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Prices valid until March 2019

Facilities and information

Baby changing Cycle stands Dogs welcome Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Charging car park Portable induction loop Toilets Video presentation
  • 02920 883143
  • CaerphillyCastle@gov.wales
  • Disabled visitors can be dropped off by car at the main entrance
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.