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Caerphilly Castle is a huge medieval castle in the South Wales, located in Caerphilly, seven and a half miles north of Cardiff. The castle stands out from other Welsh castles thanks to two distinct factors. The first of these is its sheer size it is the second largest castle in the UK after Windsor Castle, occupying 30 acres.

The second distinctive feature is the system of defences, built in large part surrounded by a system of large artificial lakes. Caerphilly Castle was originally constructed in the 13th Century, which makes the engineering behind the construction of the dams and sluice gates required to create the water defences even more impressive.

By the 18th Century, Caerphilly Castle had fallen into disrepair, including the drying up of the water defences. Several successive owners invested in restoration work, however, and in 1950 it was gifted to the nation, which completed the restoration and re-flooded the lakes.

A tour includes a quiz and treasure hunt for children, a climb to the top of the battlements (for the stunning views) and s examples of ancient weapons such as siege engines, basically giant wooden catapults designed to break down the walls of castles. There are also displays and videos outlining the history of the castle and a gift shop.

An indication of the atmosphere and impressive aesthetic of Caerphilly Castle is given by the fact that it has been used as the backdrop in TV programmes such as Doctor Who and Merlin.

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Private BedHaus Annex Opposite Caerphilly Castle
Private BedHaus Annex Opposite Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly, Wales
The price is $77 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this apartment in Caerphilly. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Caerphilly Castle and Castell Coch are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Stayed one night to watch a concert
"Cute annex, fully equipped for 2 people. Lovely location. Train station and shops/restaurants close by. Hosts were very pleasant and made sure we had everything we needed. Suggested areas of interest we may like to visit during our stay too."

Reviewed on May 29, 2022

Private BedHaus Annex Opposite Caerphilly Castle
New House Country Hotel
New House Country Hotel
4 out of 5
Thornhill Rd, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 9UA
The price is $175 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (174 reviews)
"A beautiful place that was well maintained with amazing views. Loved that fact that we could dine, have a cocktail and breakfast without going anywhere."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

New House Country Hotel
The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
Taff's Well, Wales
Stay at this cabin in Cardiff. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Caerphilly Castle are located nearby. Discover ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (22 reviews)
Cosy cabin
"Perfect place for us to stay when we needed somewhere easily accessible to Cardiff. Didn’t get to spend much time in the accommodation but all seemed as described, and it was only a short walk to the train station"

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
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Holiday Inn Cardiff - North M4, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Cardiff - North M4, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Merthyr Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff, Wales, CF15 7LH
The price is $63 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
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Private BedHaus Annex Opposite Caerphilly Castle
Private BedHaus Annex Opposite Caerphilly Castle
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The price is $77 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
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New House Country Hotel
4 out of 5
Thornhill Rd, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 9UA
The price is $175 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
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The Old Art & Coffee House on the Taff Trail - Wales
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Taff's Well, Wales
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Village Hotel Cardiff
Village Hotel Cardiff
3.5 out of 5
29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff, Wales, CF14 7EF
The price is $70 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
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De Courceys Manor Cottages
De Courceys Manor Cottages
3.5 out of 5
Tyla Morris Ave, Pentyrch, Cardiff, Wales, CF15 9QN
The price is $141 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
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Gwaelod Y Garth Inn
Gwaelod Y Garth Inn
3.5 out of 5
Main Road, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff, Wales, CF15 9HH
The price is $110 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
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The Parkgate Hotel
The Parkgate Hotel
4 out of 5
Westgate Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1DA
The price is $108 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
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Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 acres of wooded Hillside in South Wales
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Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 acres of wooded Hillside in South Wales
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