Caerphilly Castle - Explorer Pass

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Visit Caerphilly Castle and Get Your Cadw Explorer Pass to Visit 20 Historic Monuments in Wales

Your key to unlock Wales' greatest castles, in one ticket!

The Castles of Wales Explorer Pass offers the freedom to explore all of Cadw's historic attractions and help you get the most out of your visit to Wales. 

  • Entry to 20 Welsh castles and attractions (see additional info for full list)
  • Visit as many castle as you want
  • Choice of either the 3 day pass or 7 day pass (the 3 day pass gives you 3 days of entrance and is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of entrance, valid for 14 days)
  • Save lots of money!

Book your Castle of Wales Explorer Pass by tapping 'Book' on this page. Once booked, your pass will be sent to you by email. Show this pass upon entry to all attractions either on your device or print if you prefer.

Wandering dragons and castles on islands

You know a castle is unique when instead of a moat surrounding its walls, it's more accurate to call it a lake.

Caerphilly Castle has been standing since the 13th century on an island in the middle of the Welsh town.

It’s impossible not to take a peek over the rails as you cross the drawbridge.

Watching the gentle waters is a peaceful way to start your adventure.

But let your imagination wander for a moment and the myths of crocodiles prowling the moats of castles can become frighteningly real.

Or more likely in the case of Caerphilly Castle, perhaps it’s the dragons you ought to be keeping an eye out for.

Entering Caerphilly Castle

Gatehouses loom above one after the other as you first enter the castle and it’s hard to believe that any enemy could breach these mighty defences. But they did.

Soon after it was constructed, attacks on the castle began.

But even now after all these centuries have gone by, Caerphilly Castle still stands as the biggest in Wales and only second in Britain to Windsor Castle.

A lot of the castle was restored by the fourth Marquess of Bute in the first half of the 20th century and you'll notice that as you’re stood within the inner walls.

The inner east gate looks as though it hasn’t seen a day go by since the 13th century.

But look the other way and the ruined walls of the inner west gate remind you of the war-torn history and age of the castle.

You might even spot the marquess himself, holding up the South-East leaning tower.

It’s a fascinating combination - the restored parts allow you to picture the castle just as it was when knights trotted through the grounds on horseback and Welsh lords plotted their next attacks.

Whereas the ruins hold the stories from all that time ago and seem to radiate a sense of age and wisdom throughout the whole place.

Events to keep an eye out for

History isn’t the only discovery to be made at Caerphilly Castle.

Events ranging from dragon visits to rock and DJ gigs often make their home within the castle walls so be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming ones.

Exploring the castle is a great way to spend your day.

Whether you’re bringing the kids along or just fancy a wander around the castle walls yourself, we’re sure this won’t be your last visit to Caerphilly Castle.

You’ll be back searching for dragons and roaming the great hall before you know it.

What other Cadw attractions can I visit with the Castles of Wales Pass? 

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Castles of Wales Explorer 3-day pass and 7-day pass explained:

  • The 3 day pass gives you 3 days of free entrance, that is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of free entrance, valid for 14 days.
  • The passes have been designed to be flexible and suit families and tourists spending one or two week weeks in Wales.

How much money will I save with the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass?

  • The more castles you see the more you'll save. 
  • Entry to the Castles of Wales can be anywhere between £8-£15 (approx) each, so this pass is great for anyone wishing to visit a bunch castes on their visit to Wales. 
  • You can visit a lot of castles in 1-2 weeks!

Who is the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass for?

  • Ideal for anyone looking for things to do in Wales, for anyone wanting to soak up as much Welsh culture as possible, and perfect for families on a budget!
  • Wales is often referred to as the "Castle Capital of the World" and has more castles per square mile than any other country, so this pass is also great for any tourists coming to Wales too!

What does Cadw mean?

  • Cadw [cad-oo] is the Welsh word for 'castle' or 'keep' 

What are the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass family tickets?

  • 2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What Cadw attractions are included in the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass? 

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Cilgerran Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Denbigh Castle 
  • Harlech Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
  • Weobley Castle

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