Enjoy castling? Wales is perhaps the best country in Europe for exploring medieval castles. In fact, it has more castles than it’s nearby sister, England. As I am a big fan of exploring castles and have a close friend in Cardiff, I included Wales in my three week long exploration of Europe.
My first castle visit was to Caerphilly, a town located near the capital city of Cardiff. The town is know for its cheese (Caerphilly) but it has an very impressive medieval castle in Europe. In fact, it’s the largest castle of its type in Europe. The castle is surrounded by a moat and has an outer wall for defensive purposes. It was built in the 13th century by the English to help control the Welsh people.
The castle, like most in Europe, has been restored somewhat. After crossing the moat via a bridge and paying the £4 admission fee, I entered the tower of the outermost wall, admired the beautiful Welsh countryside and took a few pictures. I descended the tower and visited the innermost court. The highlight was seeing the grand hall which had a walk in fireplace and a display of Welsh flags. I then ascended one of the towers and checked out apartments reserved for visiting kings, etc. I even saw a medieval privy or toilet. I continued on, visiting the courtyard, walking along the ramparts and checking out the leaning tower of Caerphilly (one of the towers lists at 10 degrees off verticle).
Despite the light rain, it really enjoyed visiting this castle. I’m looking forward to visiting more castles during my five day stay in this beautiful country.
For more photos of this castle, click here.