I stepped out of my hotel, under cover of an umbrella, and departed Cardiff by train for the short ride to Caerphilly Castle.
Covering a sprawling 30-acres, Caerphilly Castle is Wales' largest and the second largest in the UK after Windsor Castle. The castle dominates the small town by the same name in which it's located.
Built in the late 13th century, it was the first to use concentric walls in Britain. According to historian Allen Brown, it features “the most elaborate water defenses in all of Britain.”
The castle grounds are no more than a five-minute walk from the Caerphilly train station.
By the time I approached the main entrance, the clouds had parted, and a rainbow was arching its way toward the moat.
My trip was made in partnership with Visit Wales and included a complimentary stay at the Parc Hotel by Thistle.
Dave is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Go Backpacking and Feastio. He's been to 66 countries and lived in Colombia and Peru. Read the full story of how he became a travel blogger.
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