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Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle is a huge medieval castle in the South Wales, located in Caerphilly, seven and a half miles north of Cardiff. The castle stands out from other Welsh castles thanks to two distinct factors. The first of these is its sheer size; it is the second largest castle in the UK after Windsor Castle, occupying 30 acres.

The second distinctive feature is the system of defences, built in large part surrounded by a system of large artificial lakes. Caerphilly Castle was originally constructed in the 13th Century, which makes the engineering behind the construction of the dams and sluice gates required to create the water defences even more impressive.

By the 18th Century, Caerphilly Castle had fallen into disrepair, including the drying up of the water defences. Several successive owners invested in restoration work, however, and in 1950 it was gifted to the nation, which completed the restoration and re-flooded the lakes.

A tour includes a quiz and treasure hunt for children, a climb to the top of the battlements (for the stunning views) and s examples of ancient weapons such as siege engines, basically giant wooden catapults designed to break down the walls of castles. There are also displays and videos outlining the history of the castle and a gift shop.

An indication of the atmosphere and impressive aesthetic of Caerphilly Castle is given by the fact that it has been used as the backdrop in TV programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Rhiwbina, this romantic hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch (Red Castle) and Whitchurch Hospital. Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km). Lisvane & Thornhill Station is 27 minutes by foot.

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    Rudry Common, Van Rd, Caerphilly, Wales
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Caerphilly, this campsite is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Caerphilly Castle and within 9 miles (15 km) of Cardiff Castle and Cardiff University. Castell Coch (Red Castle) and Roath Park are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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      Manor Parc Hotel

      Manor Parc Hotel

      Thornhill Road, Cardiff, Wales
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lisvane, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch (Red Castle) and Whitchurch Hospital. Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km). Lisvane & Thornhill Station is 25 minutes by foot.

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        Channel View, Graig Road, Cardiff, Wales
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lisvane, this lodge is within 6 miles (10 km) of Roath Park, Cardiff Castle and Caerphilly Castle. Cardiff University and University Hospital of Wales (UHW) are also within 6 miles (10 km). Lisvane & Thornhill Station is 22 minutes by foot.

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          51 Glan y Ffordd, Cardiff, Wales
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cardiff, this apartment building is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Castell Coch (Red Castle) and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Whitchurch Hospital. Caerphilly Castle and University Hospital of Wales (UHW) are also within 6 miles (10 km). Taffs Well Station is 15 minutes by foot.

            Holiday Inn Cardiff - North M4 £56
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            Merthyr Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Castell Coch (Red Castle) and Whitchurch Hospital. Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium are also within 6 miles (10 km). Coryton Station is 20 minutes by foot and Whitchurch Station is 25 minutes.

              Garth Olwg 2 Bed Apartment by Cardiff Holiday Homes
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              Garth Olwg 2 Bed Apartment by Cardiff Holiday Homes

              8 Garth Olwg, Cardiff, Wales
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cardiff, this apartment building is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Castell Coch (Red Castle) and within 6 miles (10 km) of Caerphilly Castle and Whitchurch Hospital. Llandaff Cathedral and University Hospital of Wales (UHW) are also within 6 miles (10 km). Taffs Well Station is 21 minutes by foot.

                De Courceys Manor Cottages
                De Courceys Manor Cottages

                De Courceys Manor Cottages

                Tyla Morris Ave, Pentyrch, Cardiff, Wales
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Llanishen, this golf bed & breakfast is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whitchurch Hospital, University Hospital of Wales (UHW) and Castell Coch (Red Castle). Roath Park is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away. Birchgrove Station is 18 minutes by foot and Llanishen Station is 21 minutes.