Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Castles, Historic Buildings And Places

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.

This stone behemoth, surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands was the brainchild of Gilbert ‘the Red’ de Clare, a redheaded nobleman of Norman descent. He also built the original Castell Coch, ‘Red Castle’, located the other side of Caerphilly mountain.

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A day exploring two of South Wales castles, Caerphilly Castle and Castle Coch, we would suggest dropping in for lunch at the Bunch of Grapes as part of a perfect day.