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Caerphilly

Caerphilly

Caerphilly

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Caerphilly is a town in the county borough of Caerphilly, located at the southern end of the Rhymney Valley. The town, with a population of just over 30,000, is separated from the Cardiff suburbs of Lisvane and Rhiwbina by Caerphilly mountain. it was traditionally within the county of Glamorgan on the border with Monmouthshire.

Caerphilly is principally known for its cheese and its castle. Although either of these two emblems of Welsh culture would merit a trip to the town in themselves there are a host of other exceptional reasons to visit Caerphilly. The Aber Valley Heritage Project is a volunteer run museum open to the public that gives an insight into the ancient and industrial past of the community, whilst the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre has recently been refurbished.

Ruperra Castle provides a slightly less dramatic companion to Caerphilly Castle and nearby Llancaiach Fawr Manor offers a glimpse into the working life of a 16th century Manor. Nature lovers will enjoy the tranquillity of Coed-y-Wenin and Parc Penallta. Caerphilly also has plenty of contemporary attractions with a number of luxury spa centres, golf clubs and even a climbing centre. Caerphilly railway station is on the Rhymney line from Cardiff Central.

HISTORY & CULTURE
Originally produced in the town, Caerphilly cheese has a recipe similar to those for other crumbly cheeses – Cheshire, young Lancashire and Wensleydale. Being close to the great mining towns of South Wales, the young cheese was a firm favourite amongst mining communities as its shallow height and tough coat made it easy to eat with dirty hands down the mines whilst its salty, moist curd helped to replace the minerals lost during the hours spent labouring underground.

Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates and hogs the limelight. The fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales. 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. Gilbert de Clare and Llywelyn ap Gruffydd were contemporaries at war and early attempts by Gilbert to build a castle were thwarted by the Welsh prince. Gilbert eventually won through and built a mammoth stronghold using the concentric ‘walls within walls’ system of defence. He also made sure there were large and comfortable rooms to live in. However, once the threat posed by Llywelyn was quelled by Edward I, the raison d’etre for this massive fortress changed. The castle’s condition worsened until late in the 19th century when the third marquess of Bute began preservation work.

Children welcomeDogs accepted

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Caerphilly TIC

Address

South Wales,
CF83 1AB

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Map reference: ST 157868  Lat: 51.57374 Long: -3.21780

M4 Junction 32, A470, A468.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Caerphilly station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted