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)