ST 155-871 Glamorgan Wales
Caerphilly Castle is an impressive 13th century stone concentric fortress, founded by Gilbert de Clare. The large central island, is protected by lakes to the north and south, a fortified screen wall to the east, that forms a barbican and a ward with a stone revetment to the west. The high curtain wall of the inner ward, is defended on the angles by huge circular towers and dominated by a massive keep-gatehouse. The lower outer curtain wall is flanked by open bastions and two twin-turreted gateways. The castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Britain and a supreme example of military fortifications, supported by extensive and unique water defenses. A mound to the north-west is a Civil War artillery redoubt, built on the site of a Roman fort. One and a half miles east is Gwern-y-Domen and 7 miles south is Cardiff Castle.
Caerphilly Castle is located in the town centre, off Castle Street. 7 miles north of Cardiff, on the A470-A469.
The site is owned by Cadw and is open daily, July and August 9:30-6:00pm, March to June, September and October 9:30-5:00pm, November to February 10:00-4:00pm, Sunday 11:00-4:00pm.
There is a car park nearby.