A view of Caerphilly Castle from inside the first gate.
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.”
A rainbow appears over Caerphilly.
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.
The main entrance to the castle is the imposing outer east gatehouse, reached by crossing a bridge over the surrounding moat.
View of Caerphilly, and the castle's main entrance, from atop the inner east gatehouse.
View of the concentric defenses, and working side engines (catapults), from atop the inner east gatehouse.
The dining room features wooden timbers on the roof and a massive, human-size fireplace.
The innermost courtyard at Caerphilly Castle.
The scale of Caerphilly's architecture is truly awe-inspiring.
The idyllic Welsh countryside forms the perfect backdrop for a fisherman on the artificial lake surrounding Caerphilly Castle.
The Welsh flags fly above Caerphilly Castle on what turned out to be a beautiful day.
My trip was made in partnership with Visit Wales and included a complimentary stay at the Parc Hotel by Thistle.
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