February 19, 2016

A Winter Wander at Caerphilly Castle

Built in the 13th century and occupying 30 acres of land, Caerphilly Castle stands as the largest castle in Wales, and the second largest in Britain. Housed in the Welsh town of Caerphilly, the castle itself is right at the heart of the town posing a juxtaposition with all the buildings you'd find in your average town - shops, homes etc. I'm not from Wales, as some you may know, but I do now live here, and the first time I visited the town of Caerphilly I was quite blown away - there is something very impressive and demanding about a castle at the centre of a relatively small welsh town.

We've visited the castle before and had wonderful experiences - although the last time we visited we weren't able to look throughout as certain areas were cordoned off due to the filming of a show, so I'd be sure to check in to that first if you were ever thinking of visiting. On this particular day we didn't actually venture inside the castle; the plan was to walk the perimeter of the castle, something we've never done before. The castle is surrounded by a large expanse of water, as well as a number of grass and greenery patches, so there is a lot to be seen and captured.

Ultimately we didn't walk the entire perimeter - it was far too cold - but we did have a good old wander and warmed up afterwards in the Caerphilly Visitor Centre cafĂ© with a hot drink and a little treat - if you visit the area, I'd recommend popping in. Impressive views of the castle can be found inside too as it's literally right across the road.














Sometimes winter can put us off visiting places due to the cold, but if you bundle up you can have a great little adventure to places you'd perhaps only visit in the warmer months.

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18 comments

  1. What an amazing place! Thank you for your lovely photos!
    I so enjoy the intense blue colour that can be found in these photos! :)
    Have a great weekend! xx

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    1. I love the blue tones too, Sara. Although the castle is beautiful regardless of backdrop, I was saying to partner after viewing these pictures how a clear blue sky has a way of making anything look beautiful. Haha!

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Stunning photos! #PhotoFriday

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  3. What fabulous photos - we used to go on holiday to north Wales when I was a child, and I remember visiting most of the castles along the coast there, but have never been to Caerphilly. It looks incredible though, I love a moat and some fantastic towers still. #myfavouritetrip

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    1. Caerphilly Castle is well worth a visit if you're ever in the area. I'll have to venture to some of the castles in North Wales - I bet they're beautiful.

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  4. Wales has some great castles but this has to be one of the best. It makes me want to make a return visit.

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    1. This is actually the one and only I've visited here in Wales, but there are plenty more on the agenda.

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  5. It has been quite a few years that I visited and for some reason it looks even more... crumbled. But still oh so grand and beautiful. But also pretty cold. I guess a castle can and is a lot of things.

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  6. Wonderful photos! I loved seeing the blue sky - I've missed seeing it lately! Glad that you braved the cold for a visit! Just the kind of place I love!
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    1. Blue skies are always a welcome sight during the winter months - you've got to make the most of them when they appear!

      :-)

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  7. what wonderful sights to see

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  8. Amazing photos Jade! So clear and I really get a sense of how cold it was. It's been freezing here too. The castle looks huge, don't think I have been to one so big or one with water surrounding it still. Love seeing a little photo of your boy again too, those chubby cheeks made me smile. Thanks very much for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

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    1. Thank you!

      I can deal with the cold when there's clear blue skies about - blue skies are the best, but much more treasured in winter.

      Haha - they never fail to make me smile either.

      Thanks for hosting :-)

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  9. These are stunning pictures. Thank you for sharing. I cannot take my eyes off all the blue. :)

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    1. Thank you - and thank you for visiting!

      I love all the blue, and am happy it's vibrancy came across!

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