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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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One Planet Society - Caravan Park

One Planet Society - Caravan Park

Rudry Common, Caerphilly
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Caerphilly, this caravan park/campground is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Caerphilly Castle and within 9 mi (15 km) of Castell Coch and Cardiff University. National Museum Wales and Cardiff Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£93
New House Country Hotel

New House Country Hotel

Thornhill, Cardiff
4.3
of 5, from 60 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Cardiff, this romantic hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Caerphilly Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cardiff University and Castell Coch. National Museum Wales and Cardiff Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Cardiff Cosy Home

Cardiff Cosy Home

24 Pendragon Close, Cardiff
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Thornhill, this apartment is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Whitchurch Hospital and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Roath Park. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£43
Village Hotel Cardiff

Village Hotel Cardiff

29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff
3.8
of 5, from 124 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whitchurch Hospital and Castell Coch. Llandaff Cathedral is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

£52
Holiday Inn Cardiff - North M4

Holiday Inn Cardiff - North M4

Merthyr Road, Cardiff
3.6
of 5, from 56 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cardiff hotel is located in the suburbs, within 1 mi (2 km) of Whitchurch Hospital and Castell Coch. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£29
ibis Cardiff Gate - International Business Park

ibis Cardiff Gate - International Business Park

Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff
3.9
of 5, from 118 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cardiff Gate, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Roath Park, Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Cardiff University and Castell Coch are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£34
Campanile Cardiff

Campanile Cardiff

Caxton Place, Pentwyn, Cardiff
3.2
of 5, from 74 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cardiff, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Roath Park, Cardiff University, and Wales Millennium Centre. National Museum Wales and Llandaff Cathedral are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£91
Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Maesycwmmer, Blackwood
3.8
of 5, from 39 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of River Taff, Caerphilly Castle, and Treharris Park. Castell Coch and Cwmtillery Lakes are also within 12 mi (20 km).