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“Good scenery, but could have been better”
Review of Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle
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$425.44*
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Private South Wales Day Trip from Bath
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Caerphilly
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales. Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates. Hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms. It's also a great backdrop for TV and film. It secured a starring role recently in the popular BBC TV series Merlin.
Reviewed August 26, 2013

The scenery was great. However, the castle itself was slightly disappointing as all the rooms or chambers were empty and just empty space. Also, there are no historical context available like other castles. It's a good place for small kids as there are events going on from time to time. But if you're looking for some historic taste of Caerphilly, be prepared to be welcomed by a beautiful but empty castle.

Thank Jess C
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Central Caerphilly is dominated by the castle. The main castle buildings are on an island and are well preserved and/or rebuilt and there are lots of passages that can take you right up to the top of the main gate tower. A second island was the People's Island, thought to be a place of refuge for the townsfolk if the English barbarians came! Around the main section there are outer defences that are as big again.
As English Heritage buildings, a guide is useful as there are limited information boards.
The leaning tower is, apparently, at a greater angle than Pisa and is held upright by a stone sculpture of a man (or giant), wide-armed pushing into the wall.

Thank John L
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Never been to a wedding in a 13C castle before. I feel like getting married again and having the ceremony and reception here.

Thank 1Nuggers
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

This castle is beautiful and very impressive. You can climb through all the towers and paths, and the views are amazing. There is a definite lack of information on site (unless you pay for the guidebook), so it would be helpful to do some of your own research before you go, even if you just print the wikipedia page. Still worth the visit even without any extra accompanying info. If you've ever been to an old castle before, you'll recognize what things were.

Thank Jen J
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Caerphilly Castle is stepping back into time, but not just one time. Rather, it has so many layers of history, as this centuries old places often do. Built in 1268 originally, it was home to various princes and at least one runaway king (one of the Edwards of England stole a material part of the English treasury, ran to the castle, was pursued and caught by his wife, then Queen of England). The great room is amazing, although we could only peer in as there was a wedding reception on at the time. There are many staircases to climb and windows to peer through, and our 7 and 5 year old kids really enjoyed it. There is a short animated history film of the place that is not suitable for kids as it shows too much violence (there is a warning but it doesn't specify that among the scenes is a beheading). So, I would skip the film with the kids but there is enough green open spaces for them to run while adults enjoy a picnic on the grounds. I wouldn't recommend the restaurants in Caerphilly and saw nothing else in the town of interest beyond the castle. Caerleon is about 15 minutes' drives from Caerphilly and has great Roman ruins, better small town pubs and a more village atmosphere to walk through.

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