Skip to main content

What? Hunt for Welsh Dragons at Wales’s largest fortress and spot fairies at Wales’s fairy-tale castle

Where? Cardiff and Caerphilly

Cadw sites to see: Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch

Most ‘Instagrammable’ spot: the leaning tower of Caerphilly Castle, of course. This spot provides the ultimate opportunity to snap that iconic pose (giving Pisa a run for its money!)

Both situated within 20 minutes of Cardiff City Centre, Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch are filled to the brim with history, myths and magic — sure to inspire children and adults alike.

Built in the 13th century by Gilbert de Clare, Caerphilly Castle is the largest fortress in Wales and second largest in Britain. Not only is the site jam-packed with Welsh history, but the striking castle grounds are also home to a beastly family of real Welsh Dragons…

On your trip, make sure you pay a visit to The Dragons’ Lair where you’ll come face-to-face with the mythical creatures and experience their epic tale.

After a morning at Caerphilly Castle, spend your afternoon in Tonwgwynlais, beginning with a visit to Castell Coch, where younger visitors can enjoy ‘fairy spotting’ with a little help from the Cadw app.

Finally, end your day with a walk around Fforest Fawr — a beautiful woodland close to the castle, where visitors can enjoy a sculpture trail on a magical journey through the greenery.