Thursday, 31 March 2016

Would We Dare To Meet the Dragon at Caerphilly Castle?

We wanted to go somewhere fun today. Would we dare to meet the Dragon at Caerphilly Castle? I've lived in Cardiff for over 40 years and have never been to Caerphilly Castle although it is less than 5 miles away. So what tempted me to visit today? The dragon? My new senior citizen CADW membership? All of those but we just want to take Bear to see the wonderful places on our doorstep.


Would We Dare To Meet the Dragon at Caerphilly Castle? Caerphilly Castle from across the lake
Would We Dare To Meet the Dragon at Caerphilly Castle?

Today the sun was shining. A perfect day to visit a Castle and a Dragon.

There is a big pay and display car park across the park to the castle. A lovely walk on a sunny day with lots of ducks and geese. Bear loved it! He was already thinking that this was wonderful and couldn't get any better but he was wrong.

The approach to the castle is fantastic, with it's famous leaning tower. We had free entry because we are members of CADW (£10 off at the moment) and under 5's go free.


Castle with leaning tower
The leaning tower

Just inside the castle is the shop then the Dragon.

A Smoking Dragon!

Were we brave enough? Brave enough to stand in it's claw? To look into it's eye? To stand anywhere near when it was breathing out smoke? Well yes and no!

toddler in claw of dragon
Bear in the claw of the Dragon


toddler by eye of dragon
Bear had a good look at his eye

toddler held by adult next to smoking dragon
Not so brave when the Dragon has smoke coming from its nostrils

Bear didn't like the Dragon when it had smoke coming out but loved it's eye and it's claw.

What else is there for toddlers?

Lots of sounds. Horses stomping, drawbridges rising, in the great hall the fire crackling. Wonderful sounds to bring the place to life.

There was a fabulous interactive display in one of the rooms where you could blow up a barrel, or flood the moat, or open a birthday card.


board with graphics. flood moat. open card
Touch screen has some surprises!

toddler in empty room
Lots of space to run around inside....

toddler on grass in front of ruins
...and outside.

toddler looking down well
A well. Just like a big drain really



toddler in puddle in doorway
Medieval puddles are the best




toddler by massive wooden statue holding up tower
A Giant holding up the leaning tower



Tommy Cooper statue outside castle
Just outside is the statue of Tommy Cooper


The Dragon is at Caerphilly Castle until 1st July. Would you dare to meet the Dragon at Caerphilly Castle?






*We purchased our CADW membership on site at Strata Florida. £10 off  new membership at sites until 30th June 2016. All views are my own, or Bears.
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  1. This looks brilliant! The picture of bear in the dragons claw is fab! x

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    1. He had no fear of the claw Lol but didn't like the smoking dragon

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  2. Oh my gosh the dragon is so cool! Looks like you guys had an amazing time and so much playful fun :) xx

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    1. It's so much better in real life, and when it bellows smoke....

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  3. What a gorgeous place and such a fun place to take a toddler. The dragon looks awesome too!

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    1. He just loves running around and we get to see new places.

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  4. I LOVE Caerphilly castle! I should take my nephew, I'm sure he'd love it!

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    1. Oh you must! Go before 1st July to make sure you get to see the dragon xx

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  5. I live in Caerphilly and I didn't get a chance to see the dragon! So jealous!

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    1. You can just see it from the entrance (so free) but you have to pay to get up close

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  6. That castle is absolutely fabulous. Looks like a brill day out, photo's are fab too!

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    1. It is a great castle. Huge and so much left to explore

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  7. What a beautiful day out. The sun is shining, the castle is stunning and the dragon looks so cool. Your pictures are gorgeous. xx

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    1. Thankyou. That's what a sunny day does, makes everything look good xx

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  8. That castle looks aso magical lol. It looks like you had a lovely day out x

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  9. Wow, what an amazing place! I wish I lived near something historical, or even touristy! I love that your son is afraid of the Dragon with the smoke coming out haha, my daughter would be the same way! x

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    1. We are very lucky we have lots of castles on our doorstep, this is one of the best.

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  10. Looks like a fantastic place to visit! Love the dragon statue! x

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    1. I think it's the best castle so far! We all loved it, something for everyone.

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