Situated in South Wales not far from the capital city Cardiff, Caerphilly is only a few miles from the majestic Brecon Beacons and is best known for the imposing Caerphilly Castle, as well as its cheese. Caerphilly also has great shopping and entertainment options.
The castle has huge medieval water defenses and is one of Wales’s largest. Built by Lord Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century to keep out the Prince of Wales, Caerphilly Castle has been well preserved by the Bute family, who also took care of Cardiff Castle. The castle also has a tower with an impossible lean, and is said to have a resident ghost.
Lying below the imposing castle, Caerphilly town features many old buildings, including the Drenewydd Museum that features a mock up of what life was like in Victorian Wales in the 1870s. The museum is located in two cottages. People who want to get a real feel for the history and culture of this magical part of Wales should make sure that they take the time to pay a visit to the Drenewydd Museum. The Drenwydd Museum displays Victorian life in a Caerphilly cottage from the 1870s and there is always plenty to discover here.
There is a good range of shops in Caerphilly where you can buy fashionable items as well as the town’s famous cheese. There is also a market in town where bargains are on offer, and many specialist shops. Caerphilly also boasts a number of excellent coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, and pubs; the Caerphilly International Summer Festival in July is a must-see.
Not far from Caerphilly is the beautiful Sirhowy Valley Country Park, which is set in 1,000 acres of woodland and is another reason why people stay in the town. The Brecon Beacons are also well worth a look and feature the huge peak of Pen y Fan.