23rd June/27th July
Back in June I was a parent helper on Mouse’s trip to Caerphilly Castle in Wales.It has been many, many years since I’ve visited a castle.As this was part of a school wide project, I was looking forward to learning something about its history as I’ve always had a big interest in people and places from the past.We arrived after an hour and half journey via coach and across the second Severn bridge just after 11 o’clock.I had 6 year 3 kids placed in my charge and after a very lengthy process of getting all the class into the toilets, as a few got wet from drinking from the drinking fountain, tried to climb a dangerous castle wall and insisted they needed to sit down to lunch way too early.In light of the latter, we sat on the grass looking onto the dragon sculpture for a snack break.
The dragon sculpture blew smoke as well as looking stunning life-like, (as true to life as a mythical beast can be) and it was a fixation of many of the kids.Caerphilly Castle is the second largest castle in the U.K, second to Windsor and was built over two years in the 13th century.The outside walls were painted white, this is still visible even 700+ years later.One of the towers has come away from the main castle and leans in a dramatic fashion.Because of the materials used for cement, it’s likely to stay like that for a very long time.For safety measures part of the tower is cordoned off.
Mr. Skelton, the learning and outreach officer from our local museum came along on the trip.He not only gave us all thorough background history on Caerphilly Castle but also told us how the different areas were used to protect from enemies.The castle is actually a castle in a castle.Once you go through one set of gates and moat, you cross over another bridge over a moat to go through a second set of gates.Inside the castle grounds, you can get a sense of how it may have been like to have lived here when the castle was lived in.
The view from up from on top of the castle is breath taking.You can see why the castle is used for civil wedding or civil partnership ceremonies, corporate events, functions, meetings, concerts, theatres, festivals and re-enactment events and is a popular for location for filming and photography.
After lunch Mouse asked if we could come back again.So, 6 weeks later we came back with Kip and Cat for my birthday and met up with Jo from Ojo’s World for the day.
Caerphilly Castle has been used in many television and films productions, it’s worth checking before visiting if the castle is open for when you plan to go.
Daily 9.30am – 5.00pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Adult – £6.00
Family – £16.20*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Linking up with Coombe Mill for Country Kids