Caerphilly Travel Guide

  • Caerphilly
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  • The Winding House
    The Winding House
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  • The Winding House
    The Winding House
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Caerphilly Highlights

  • Pro
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     ENORRRMOUS medieval castle, tasty cheese 

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     Be prepared for rain showers!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     A town with unrivalled welsh history 

Caerphilly Things to Do

  • The Winding House

    Situated in New Tredegar in Caerphilly Borough is the Winding House Museum, This is the Museum for Caerphilly County Borough and is situated On the site of the old Elliot Colliery next to a Winding house which has a Working Steam Winding Machine which once used to transport the men down to the pit face as well as bring the Men and coal back up!...

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  • Statue – Tommy Cooper

    Tommy Cooper - thought by many to be the greatest comedian of his generation - was born in Caerphilly on 19th March, 1921 and died of a heart attack during a TV show in 1984. The 9ft (2.7m) bronze statue on a 4ft (1.2m) plinth was sculpted by James Done and depicts him wearing his trademark fez. The statue was commissioned by the Tommy Cooper...

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  • Caerphilly Castle

    Caerphilly Castle was built in 1268-1271 by the Anglo-Norman lord, Gilbert ‘The Red’ de Clare to defend against Llywelyn ap Gruffydd ('Llywelyn The Last'), the last Prince of a united Wales before the conquest of Edward I. The castle was Britain's first concentric castle, with a ring of shallow lakes surrounding it. It is the largest castle in...

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  • Tourist Information Centre

    The friendly staff offer independent advice with the planning of routes and the booking of accommodation and also give lots of information on places to visit. The centre also houses an impressive gift shop showcasing locally made quality crafts & foods and a café where they do an “orgasmic Lemon cake and hot chocolate”. The nearest public toilets...

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  • Lest We Forget

    War Memorial The Caerphilly War Ms memorial commemorates the town’s residents who were killed or missing in World War I and World War II, and the conflict in Northern Ireland. The memorial was unveiled in 1922 by the Earl of Plymouth.September 2011

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  • Twyn Community Centre

    The Twyn Community Centre is a traditional building close to Caerphilly Castle which doubles as a home for the monthly Caerphilly Farmers Markets, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, usually on the second Saturday of each month.September 2011

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Caerphilly Restaurants

  • A Lovely Pub

    The Travelers rest is a lovely pub on Caerphilly mountain. It was probably an old cottage of farm house years ago and has a lovely thatched roof, it has been extended but has retained and great features inside like the old fire places which would be lovely to sit around on a cold winter day.We called here for lunch after exploring the nearby ruins...

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  • join the breakfast queue

    This snack bar on the top of the Caerphilly mountain claims to be the oldest snack bar in the UK. It is now a wooden shack off the main road, where a branch goes over the mountain. The view over the mountains is fine. There is parking and apparently the place is crowded with people queuing on Sundays for breakfast.We only stopped for a cup of tea...

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  • Pub meals

    Nice old thatched pub which is very popular. Located near the top of a local visitors spot namely Caerphilly Mountain..meals are served all day and children are made welcome..

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Caerphilly Transportation

  • How to move around

    The bus dropped us in front of the castle so we just walked inside. Later we walked a bit in the town, we saw a lot of local buses (probably connecting the towns with other towns). The castle is located in the city center anyway so if you have some extra time you can check this town easily.The train and bus stations are in walking distance from the...

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  • How to go there

    by busWe took bus 26 from Cardiff central bus station (£4.20 return ticket). On our way back we went to the Caerphilly Bus station and took bus A back to Cardiff (or bus B, take which one comes first). Buses A & B make different route than bus 26 but all of them end at Cardiff. On Sundays only bus 26 is available.by trainYou can also use the train...

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  • Take The Train To Caerphilly

    The train was the fastest and cheapest option we found to go to Caerphilly from nearby Cardiff, faster and more comfortable than a bus, so if you're in the area head by Cardiff Central station give it a shot.

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Caerphilly Shopping

  • December

    The Caerphilly Medieval Market has a variety of festive entertainment including Street entertainers, re enactment displays, the castle Jester, music, Santa’s grotto, cookery demonstration programme, children’s workshops and funfair rides.Annually, usually the second weekend in December.Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pmSunday: 10:00 am to 4:00...

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  • shopping in the city

    At the small pedestrian street opposite the castle entrance we bought some nice and cheap clothes from Cancer Research Wales(pic 1). It’s a typical store of its kind, we saw many in UK, they sell items in low prices, and all that because all the money go for Cancer research or to the Red Cross. Most of them are second hand (but usually in good...

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  • Great Welsh Gifts

    This is a great shop for all kinds of Welsh gifts, from Sheep Poo Paper to Rugby shirts all Welsh themed there is something for everybody in here. If there is something special you want or something in another size then you can always order it from their website.

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Caerphilly Local Customs

  • Caerphilly Castle - Locomotive 4073

    GWR 4073 Castle Class The GWR 4073 Class or Castle class locomotives are a group of 4-6-0 steam locomotives built by the Great Western Railway. When introduced the Castle Class were heralded as Britain’s most powerful express passenger locomotive, the first, Caerphilly Castle, made its debut at Paddington station in August 23, 1923 and was...

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  • July – The Big Cheese

    The Big Cheese is an annual celebration portraying the history, heritage and culture of Caerphilly, now in its 14th year took place from Friday July 29 to Sunday July 31 and attracted over 80,000 people. This year there was the usual extravaganza including street entertainers, living history encampments, music, dance, traditional funfair, folk...

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  • Caerphilly Cheese

    This cheese was first made in Caerphilly in about 1830 and is a traditional, farmhouse, unpasteurised, vegetarian cheese made from cow's milk. It is normally of a wheel-shape with ivory-white rind dusted in fine flour. As the cheeses begin to age in a moist cellar, the white and gray moulds become thicker and more leathery. Being close to the...

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Caerphilly Warnings and Dangers

  • The Moat!

    The Moat at Caerphilly Castle can be very dangerous! don't go swimming or paddling init, especially if the siege engines are operating as you might get a big lump of hard mud on your head!

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  • Here comes Patty!

    This isn't really a warning or danger for you other VTers, but it's definitely going to end up as a dangerous one for me, I might get beat up. I photgraphed Patty in her sexy wellies; she told me off and wouldn't look at me, she dared me not to put the picture on here. Well, any of you that know me, know that I can never pass a dare... So here is...

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  • Watch your step

    The staircases up to the museum etc are rather steep and although there is a hand rail, it is easy for an elderly visitor to have problems, especially those who wear bifocals or varifocals [like me!]. A tumble down any of these stone steps would be unpleasant. I was alone in the castle when I visited and decided not to climb up; that is until I...

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Caerphilly Tourist Traps

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    by Zmrzlina Written Jul 17, 2003

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    Okay, so I know it is unreasonable to expect folk to adapt modern living to fit a tourist attraction, but the town surrounding Caerphilly Castle is so very commercial. I guess I was hoping for something on the idea of the village of Corfe (see Corfe Castle page), or even Salisbury where there is commercial life, but there is also some remnants of old.

    Unique Suggestions: Bring a picnic lunch and sit in the park around the castle. Or better yet, find a grocer in the town and buy your provisions, then go to the park. If someone knows of an excellent, independently owned, pub or restaurant that has something special going for it, I am happy to add it to my tips. I didn't find any.

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Caerphilly What to Pack

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    by warney Written Nov 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: You can buy small luggage and hold alls anywhere in town - Safeways Caerphilly often have the handle/wheel type luggage (all sizes) on offer so you may be able to pick up a bargain there.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Plenty of stores around 'old' and 'new' Caerphilly town centre so you don't need to bring much - however I would advise you to be wearing shoes when you arrive!!! Oh and clothes come to think of it!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of places to buy toiletries and medical supplies - go to Safeways, Asda, or Hywel's chemist at the bottom of town. To be honest you have so much choice - the supermarkets are cheaper, you can also buy own brand medical supplies which are reduced by as much as 50%.

    Photo Equipment: Again, the photo equipment is in plentiful supply. My recommendation would be Walters photo shop in the court yard, just off the twyn (opposite the castle) - excellent quality and the staff are very knowledgable.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Backpacking
    • Castles and Palaces

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Caerphilly Off The Beaten Path

  • Ruperra Castle

    Ruperra Castle was built in 1626 by Sir Thomas Morgan, who was knighted by King James 1st. It was a typical Jacobean courtier’s house, an example of the ‘Great Rebuilding’ of the 16th and 17th Centuries. King Charles 1st stayed here in 1645 raising support after the Battle of Naseby. A deer park was recorded in 1684 when the Duke of Beaufort...

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  • Wales' Own Ironbridge

    The Iron Bridge is now a listed stucture. It was built in 1826 to take the new carriage way from the Castle through Coed Craig Ruperra and across the Rhymney River to Lower Machen Church where the family and their servants attended Sunday services. I stumbled across the Ironbridge walking trail whilst on my way back through Coed Craig Ruperra after...

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  • Coed Craig Ruperra

    Ruperra woodlands lie just a 15-20 minutes drive away from the Centre of Caerphilly. The woodland is managed by the Ruperra Conservation Trust and they do a mighty fine job. During the 400 or so years of ownership by the Lords Tredegar of Ruperra Castle, much of the woodland was used as an extension of the estate gardens, with exotic plantings...

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Caerphilly Sports & Outdoors

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    by warney Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Quite a lot to do in a small area. You have the opportunity to take part in some leisure activities in the local sportscentre, open to all and very good value for money. Activities include squash, badmington, a fully fitted gym, 25 metre pool, health suite and 5 a side football.

    During the winter months you can watch the local rugby club take on allcomers at Virginia park (close to the sports centre) and is very reasonable to get in.

    If you fancy horseriding you can rent the four legged animals and take a trip in the country side. Newly built is a trail where tourists and locals can ride their bikles or just walk - very flat in a hilly area!

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Caerphilly Favorites

  • History of Caerphilly

    The Romans built an auxiliary fort at Caerphilly in A.D.75. which was follwed later when the Christian missionary Saint Cenydd established a monastic site at Caerphilly. On leaving he was reputed to have entrusted it to his son Ffili. It is from the combination of this story and the Town's Roman origins that Caerphilly takes its name - the fort...

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  • Tommy Cooper

    Caerphilly was the birth place of the famous Comedian Tommy Cooper who was born here on 19 March 1921 and died doing what he loved best, on stage on the 15th April 1984. There is a statue next to the Visitor information centre on the Toyn Car park.

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  • Medieval Siege Warfare

    To any military historian, Caerphilly is one of the highlights of Wales. And one of its must-see attractions, beside the castle, is this collection of medieval siege engines. They were the best of their day. Most of them were refined, modified versions of the ones employed by the Romans. While primitive by our standards, they were very advanced for...

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