Covering 30 acres, Caerphilly Castle is one of the greatest surviving castles in the medieval Western world.
It was a highpoint in medieval defensive architecture with its massive gatehouses and water features. It was built by Earl Gilbert de Clare, at beginning of 1268 to frighten Llewelyn, the last native Prince of Wales from fighting the Normans in the southern part of Wales. It was then used as a model for Edward I's castles in North Wales.
Crafty Llewelyn seized it when it was half finished, but it was soon back in Norman hands. After Llewelyn's defeat and death, the Welsh threat substantially ended, and the castle became the administrative centre for de Clare's estates. Edward II spent time here.
Caerphilly Castle became uncomfortable for a family residence and so began decaying, and stone was taken to build a nearby country house. The Victorian Bute family coal money rescued and restored the castle.
An informative Castles of Wales exhibition is located in one tower and working replicas of siege engines are on the grounds. There is also an Audio Visual tour available.
Public Transport Directions
Please contact us for public transport directions.
Exit M4 Junction 32. Take A470 or A469 and follow signs for Caerphilly.