We visited Caldicot Castle on a hot sunny day in May 2012 with our two young children. The castle is on the outskirts off the Welsh town off Caldicot set in a public park.
The castle is largely intact, albeit that it was extensively restored in the Victorian and Edwardian era and more recently turned in to a series of rented homes for local working families.
There is plenty of parking adjacent to the castle and a children's play area next to the car park. The park around the castle is very pleasant and makes a great location for a picnic.
The castle has a small gift shop and a cafe in the grounds. We took the complimentary audio guide which was really necessary to bring the castle to life as there is not as much signage as one would find in a similar English Heritage, CADW or National Trust property.
Our kids had great fun playing in the children's play area inside the castle grounds and explored various parts of the castle.
Some parts of the castle are occupied or not accessible to the public because they are in use as office or storage space and much of what is on display in the various parts of the castle is not original or authentic to the castle's history. Some parts of the castle were also in a state of partial or ongoing repair and restoration.
Overall a good day out but we were left with the impression that this castle would be better off in the hands of either The National Trust or CADW.
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