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Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly
(4.7/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
Historian Norman Pounds has deemed Caerphilly Castle "a turning point in the history of the castle in Britain." The large gatehouses, which break up the 12 hectare (30 acre) property, and the castle’s concentric walls mark a change in castle construction in England. Manmade lakes once surrounded the 13th-century structure but were drained in the 16th century. An extensive restoration in the 18th century brought the property back to its former glory. The artificial lakes were re-flooded in the 1950s. Note the 14th-century court decor in the great hall. For Caerphilly Castle and beyond, use our Caerphilly vacation generator to get the most from your Caerphilly vacation.
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  • What a beautiful castle! Staff incredibly informative and well mannered. Will definitely visit again when I'm in the area. 
  • We really enjoyed our visit here and saw some things that we had not seen at any other castle (the leaning tower). Good informative boards in the castle telling you about it's history. 
  • Wonderful and Stunning Castle. With beautiful lake surroundings. In the middle of the small town, Absolutely unique. You can visit for free on the Caerphilly Big Cheese Event in July (every year) 
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  • Big historic castle, we'll worth a visit. Lately the castle has played host to an increasing number of events and concerts which the great Hall and inner courtyard lend itself to fantastically. Well worth attending an event here or paying to visit, however if you are on a budget the castle has its doors wide open for free during the Big Cheese Festival every year which is a superb attraction in its own right. Will be visiting many more times.
  • Fabulous family day out. For a National monument the entry fee is fabulous. I love the integration of modern technology into the castle. Fabulous for kids. Not so good for prams.
  • This is such a beautiful place to be. So tranquil and picturesque, at a higher altitude than Cardiff and with a great mountain breeze surrounding the place. It really is worth your time.
  • Beautiful preserved castle with lots to go in and see. Outdoors there are some replicas of medieval weapons you can try which will get the kids interested. Inside the castle there is lots to look at. At some points of the year there is even a treasure hunt you can go on. Just be wary of the castle stairs if you have little ones.
  • Great for a day out, lots to do and see for the kids. Some great use of modern technology to bring the past to life.