We took bus 26 to Caerphilly (£4.20 return ticket, you can also go there by train from Cardiff in 20’).
It is a boring and obviously non attractive small town but it’s a town that houses an impressive castle from 13th century!!
The castle is very big, we spent about 2 hours inside, we didn’t have any guide with us but there were useful signs everywhere. We checked numerous inner yards and went up and down some of the towers, checking the rooms, only the Great Hall (pic 2) seems impressive, we also checked the view from small or big windows and taking some nice pictures of us with medieval background :).
The only disadvantage is that the rooms are empty, there’s no decoration, I would like to see them with furniture, not the original of course but just for the people to see how it was for the real people that were living there at that era. I got excited with the numerous birds that have conquered the castle, I loved it when were standing at the edge of a tower watching down the city (pic 5)
It’s open daily 9.30-17.00 (july&august till 18.00, November-february 10.00-16.00)
The entrance fee is £4
After the castle we spent some time in the town, we did some shopping (the prices were really low) and we had lunch at King’s Arms pub before we take the bus back to Cardiff.
Caerphilly castle is one of the most impressive examples of medieval castle building in Great Britain. Construction of the castle commenced in 1272 under the orders of Marcher Lord, Baron Gilbert de Clare. De Clare built the castle to prevent his powerful rival Llewelyn ap Gruffyd from invading the area.
Famous for its ‘leaning tower’. Impressive great hall, now used for various functions. Two site exhibitions, audio-visual display and replica medieval siege weapons. Audio tour.
Caerphilly Castle, in Caerphilly approx 7 miles north of Cardiff
Caerphilly Castle, a truly medieval castle (which is the third biggest in Europe), can be a marvellous place to see. Take the bus #26, #71 or #72, which will take you to the site. The important point is: *the bus back to Cardiff does NOT pass from the other side of the road*. It is always a good idea to ask the locals.
The second biggest in UK and one of the most impressive defensive in Normandy style, finally I got to visit it