I am a man who very much likes a castle, so whilst on our trip to Wales, we headed up to Caerphilly.
Caerphilly Castle is an imposing structure with a rich history which dates back to the 13th century where it was constructed by the De Clare family as a stronghold during the extensive fighting at the time.
It is the largest in Wales and one of the largest in Western Europe and is well known for the elaborate water defences that and large gate houses.
The castle was in use until well into the 1400’s at which point it started to fall in to disrepair and its moats drained away leaving it open to decay.
By the end of the 18th century, with some of the towers fallen and stonework taken to construct the town, the site was purchased by the Marquesses of Bute who took steps to protect and restore the castle before the family gave it to the state in 1950. The castle was restored further and the lakes flooded once again to bring back the true scale of the castle in its glory.
We spent a while walking around and taking it in. It really is a grand structure.
As there was a group of us, I had the camera on auto and was mainly snapping away, so I am not overly happy with all of the shots, so I have edited the photo’s in such a way to give hopefully give a sense of the castles age and history.
The view of the castle from the town gives a view of its size over its massive dam walls
More gatehouse details, the groove in which the portcullis would have slid up and down, there would have been one on either side of the gatehouses, presumably in order to trap attackers in so they could be attacked
In a place that has been left to ruin it is nice to see some wildlife making it’s home there
Thanks for looking