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Overview

Fear of a Welsh prince inspired the mightiest medieval castle in Wales

Llywelyn ap Gruffudd didn’t build Caerphilly Castle. In fact he twice tried to knock it down before it was finished. But he was certainly its inspiration.

The rise of the powerful Prince of Wales persuaded Marcher lord Gilbert de Clare that he needed a fortress in double-quick time. And it had better be truly formidable.

So from 1268 de Clare constructed the biggest castle in Wales – second only to Windsor in the whole of Britain. Massive walls, towers and gatehouses were combined with sprawling water defences to cover a total of 30 acres.

That’s three times the size of Wales’s modern-day stronghold and home of Welsh rugby, the Principality Stadium.

On the death of Llywelyn this frontline fortress was transformed into a palatial home with a hunting park and northern lake. It passed into the hands of Edward II’s ruthless and greedy favourite Hugh Despenser, who revamped the great hall in ornate style.

By then Caerphilly must have appeared like some mythical castle floating in an enchanted lake. An effect oddly enhanced by the Civil War gunpowder that left the south-east tower at a precarious angle.

In fact Wales’s very own Leaning Tower – even wonkier than that of Pisa – is probably the castle’s best-loved feature.

More about Caerphilly Castle


Opening times

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 6pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm Monday - Saturday

11am – 4pm Sunday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£8.90
Family*
£25.70
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£5.30
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£7.10

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Facilities

Baby changing icon Charging car park icon Civil ceremony licence icon Digital trail icon Disabled access icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon Toilets icon Video presentation icon School visits icon Venue hire icon Wi-Fi icon Water refill station icon

Toilets available with baby changing facilities.

There is both short and long stay pay and display car parks 200m from the monument. There is dedicated disabled parking.

Venue licenced for civil ceremonies.

Caerphilly Castle weddings

 

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

Central level paved areas but restricted access to towers due to steps and slopes.

Disabled visitors can be dropped off by car at the main entrance.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

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.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

A video presentation is available at this site.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.

Water refill station available at this site.


Directions

Road
A468 (from Newport), M4 (J32), A470, A469 (from Cardiff).
Rail
1km/0.6mls Caerphilly, on the Cardiff-Bargoed Rhymney route.
Bus
Opposite, Caerphilly/Islwyn No 26, Cardiff-Caerphilly/Tredegar.
Bike
NCN Route No.4 (200m/219yards).

Postcode CF83 1JD

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 02920 883143

Email
CaerphillyCastle@gov.wales

Address
Caerphilly Castle
Castle St, Caerphilly CF83 1JD