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Caerphilly Castle is everyone’s dream castle: a fairy-tale presence that dominates the town and will dominate your imagination after you have seen it. It seems almost incongruous that this medieval fantasy should sit so close to contemporary, vibrant Cardiff, but it is to the visitor's advantage that it does.
Caerphilly’s location right next to Cardiff puts it in very easy access of anyone taking a flight to the Welsh capital, and a stay in Caerphilly will place you in easy reach of the South Wales coast, acres of forests and glorious countryside to explore.
Cardiff International Airport is situated just 12 miles from central Cardiff, in the Vale of Glamorgan at Rhoose. This means that although the city of Cardiff is just seven miles from Caerphilly the airport itself is nearly twenty miles away.
Cardiff Airport is a major international airport that offers a wide variety of inbound and outbound flights. There are more than a million passengers who pass through the airport every year.
A selection of more than 14 airlines offer flights to destinations around the world from Cardiff Airport, and additional ones are available during the peak summer season. Wherever you wish to fly from or to you should have plenty of carriers, departure cities and flight times available.
Direct flights are available from and to Cardiff both domestically and internationally. The most popular flights within the UK are those from Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Belfast, Aberdeen and Newcastle. UK flights to Cardiff Airport generally take an hour.
On arrival after your flight to Cardiff you will find that the airport has everything you may need. There are hotels on the airport’s doorstep, ATMs and money changing facilities, places to freshen up, places for meals or snacks, shops and a good choice of car hire desks.
If you are going to need a car for your holiday in Caerphilly you can arrange your car rental along with your flights through Expedia, allowing you to save time when your flight lands by simply picking up your car and heading off into your South Wales adventure.
The drive to Caerphilly from Cardiff Airport takes just 40 minutes, so you may even decide to head west towards Cardiff to enjoy the rest of your day there before you make the short journey north to Caerphilly.
If you are heading straight for Caerphilly you can do so by taking the A4232.
Taxis are available just outside the terminal should you need them and the T9 bus from the airport will drop you at Cardiff Central train station from where regular trains are available for Merthyr Tydfil. The whole transfer should take little over an hour.
Now you have arrived in Caerphilly a glorious medieval castle awaits, vibrant Cardiff is close at hand, the Welsh coast beckons and forests, lakes and rivers wait to be explored. Have fun!