A town in the county borough of Caerphilly in South Wales, Caerphilly is an interesting place to visit for your vacation.
Located at the bottom of the stunning Rhymney Valley, Caerphilly enjoys spectacular surroundings as well as holding its place as a commuter town to Newport (12miles away) and the capital, Cardiff, which is a mere 7.5 miles away, making Caerphilly the ideal place to enjoy a country retreat whilst enjoying visiting the sites of the big cities.
Amongst the great things to see in Caerphilly is Caerphilly Castle, built in the 13th Century and standing as the largest castle in Wales and the second largest in Britain. Caerphilly is, of course, famous for its cheese and this is marked with a sculpture of a cheese in the town centre. To celebrate its links with fine food, Caerphilly holds a three-day festival each year entitled “The Big Cheese”, in which there are many great things to see and do.
Parc Penallta, near Ystrad Mynach/Gelligaer, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly CF82 7GL (01443) 816853
Transformed from a former coal tip, Parc Penallta allows visitors the opportunity to navigate three waymarked trails that cross woodlands, grasslands and marshlands.
From its high point observatory, you can also see right across the county borough, as well offering unique views of an unusual earth sculpture; ‘Sultan’, the pit pony.
Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Treharris, Caerphilly CF46 6ER (01443) 412248
Built as a semi-fortified manor during the Tudor period, Llancaiach Fawr Manor has been restored to the way it would have looked in 1645.
Famously visited by King Charles I during the Civil War, the manor is also ranked in the Top Ten of most haunted buildings in Great Britain.
Aber Valley Heritage Project, Senghenydd Community Centre, Caerphilly CF83 4HA (02920) 830444
Run voluntarily and with free admission, the Aber Valley Heritage project aims to preserve the rich heritage of the Universal and Windsor Collieries that once dominated the valley.
Although most of the displays relate to the mining disasters of 1901 and 1913, the project contains a great many artefacts and interactive demonstrations.
The Winding House, Cross Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly NP24 6EG (01443) 822666
Charting the history of Caerphilly County Borough from the Celts and Romans to the present day, The Winding House is a newly-opened museum in the heart of the County Borough.
Allowing visitors to build a castle, negotiate 9th Century compensations cases and learn Latin, The Winding House is an exciting new attraction in Caerphilly.