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Caerphilly Castle [PHOTOS]

Day Two in Wales and after an overnight stay in Cardiff, it’s just a 20 minute drive north to the town of Caerphilly.

Our destination today is Caerphilly Castle. The second largest castle in Great Britain and certainly quite an imposing structure.

The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. Surrounded by extensive artificial lakes – considered by historian Allen Brown to be “the most elaborate water defences in all Britain” – it occupies around 30 acres (120,000 m2) and is the second largest castle in Britain. It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses. (I copied all of that off Wikipedia)

These days, much of the castle is still intact with plenty of towers to climb and grounds to meander through. Whilst there aren’t loads of interactive exhibits, it is still interesting and lets be honest, what better way is there to discover a castle than to actually wander around it at your own pace.

We visited on a Sunday morning and it took us a good couple of hours to explore what is a large area but did notice that it wasn’t very busy which did surprise us. As such there was plenty of space for kids to run around and explore (because what can be more exciting for little people than exploring a real castle)

 

Tintern Abbey - © Mark Roddis 2014

Tintern Abbey [PHOTOS]

And so we begin.

As discussed just last week, our family quest to explore Great Britain has begun and our first weekend takes deep into Wales.

This is Tintern Abbey. Dating back to 1131AD in the county of Monmouthshire just off the A466 Monmouth to Chepstow road (you really can’t miss it) on the banks of the river Wye. Whilst it is somewhat of a ruin these days, it is still an imposing structure and one can only imagine what it must have been like when it was still intact.

If you are in this part of the world, it really is worth stopping to have a look round and an hour or two is plenty to see all it has to offer. Kids will love it to as there is loads of room for them to run about and let off steam.

Prague 2014

Back to Prague again

I have been head down at work for many months and my current project has now come to an end. Time to head off for a few days just to clear my head and get away from it all.

As you know, I have been to Prague many times and know my way around by now. It is also easy to get to, easy to get around and inexpensive.

So here are a handful of photos taken over a period of 3 days in mid March 2014. Enjoy