- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for ages: Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Caerphilly Castle is this 'slumbering giant' dominates the skyline over Caerphilly, wonderful for getting little imaginations going and so dramatically scenic it's been used for numerous filming shoots including the popular TV series Merlin!
It's surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands and was built by Gilbert ‘the Red' de Clare, an historic nobleman who also built the original Castell Coch, ‘Red Castle', located just on the other side of Caerphilly mountain. It's great educational stuff for those of school age studying fortresses and the like, but also just eminently explorable terrain for a trip out with curious kids!
It's an interesting combination of opulance and practicality with the concentric 'walls within walls' pattern matched in its graceful intricacy by luxurious rooms within those walls. However in terms of a modern attraction there are few provisions made to add additional entertainment so you may want to try and engage the kids in historical storytelling and imagination play as you go round, thereafter letting them run about in the ground and play knights and princesses!
There is both short and long stay pay and display car parks 200m from monument and there is dedicated disabled parking but there's also a train station less than a mile away and a bus stop right opposite so with kids young enough to enjoy the novelties of alternative travel you've got a couple of easy ways to add some adventure to the trip.
- Restaurant Onsite
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Toilets Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available Nearby
Getting There and Contact Information
Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Gwent, CF83 1JD, Wales
Click here to visit Caerphilly Castle's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Closed 24th - 26th December, 1st January.
Under 5's: Free
Written by . 07.12.17
Caerphilly Castle is a proper castle - all crumbly walls and moats. There's not masses to do if you have kids but it’s definitely worth a look, especially on a sunny day. We combined it with a walk as the local area is really lovely too, and it’s nice to go all the way around the grounds.