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Contents 04 Regional Overview
13 Explore Caerphilly
16 Coach Parking
06 12 Refreshment Stops
15 Event Highlights
17 Tour Guides
18 Maps & Travel Information 3
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Discover Caerphilly With a history dating back to Roman times, Caerphilly is always a popular stop on any tour of Southern Wales. The centrepiece of the area of course is the huge 800 year old castle. It sits on a 30 acre site, which makes it the second largest castle in Britain. It also boasts a tower that leans at a greater angle than its more famous counterpart in Pisa. The castle has been seen on many TV programmes, including Doctor Who and Merlin. Another great historic attraction in the area is Llancaiach Fawr Manor. Step through the doors and back in time to the 17th century where Colonel Prichard and his household’s servants will greet you and tell you all about how they live and work. The manor is also reputed to be the most haunted house in Wales and has been the location of many unexplained happenings.
With so much history, the area’s museum is definitely worth a visit. The Winding House Museum sits on the site of an old colliery and brings together all the history of the county borough of Caerphilly in a permanent exhibition as well as a changing exhibition. The area is also home to a number of major events throughout the year. Caerphilly Castle provides the stunning backdrop for the flagship Big Cheese Festival every summer whilst spring’s Food Festival and the Christmas Fayre are also big draws.
Attractions History abounds in Caerphilly with a castle, museum and haunted manor house. It also has some stunning countryside and one or two surprises. Caerphilly Castle
Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre and Lake
Iconic castle dating from the 13th Century and the second largest in Britain. With new interactive interpretation and access to spiral staircase towers; previously restricted from public viewing.
With stunning walks through the forest and valley floor taking in the tranquil lake. Picnic and BBQ spots along with Raven’s Café in the visitor centre offering catering for refreshments and lunches for groups.
tel: +44 (0)2920 883143 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
tel: +44 (0)1495 272001 email: email@example.com web: www.cwmcarnforest.co.uk
Llancaiach Fawr Manor
Historic manor house where costumed characters from the 17th century guide you around. The house is also reported to be the most haunted in Wales. Group rates and tours available.
Enjoy the ‘Heritage Experience’ - an immersive journey through time, telling the story of the creation, demise and final restoration of one of Wales’ most iconic buildings, the Grade II* listed Newbridge Memorial Hall.
tel: +44 (0)1443 412248 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk
tel: +44 (0)1495 243 252 email: email@example.com web: www.newbridgememo.co.uk
Senghenydd Memorial Garden
Winding House Museum
Located in Senghenydd the Memorial Garden commemorates all those in Wales who lost their lives as a result of the coal industry. Every colliery disaster is remembered on a series of ceramic paviers as part of a ‘Pathway of Memory’ around the garden.
A range of exhibits and a series of exhibitions bring history alive. The impressive Victorian Winding Engine comes to life on certain days throughout the year and can be pre-booked for groups.
tel: +44 (0)2920 830445 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.visitcaerphilly.com
tel: +44 (0)1443 822666 email: email@example.com web: www.windinghouse.co.uk
Unique luxurious 4* Golf and Spa resort set in over 100 acres of meadowland and hidden amongst the breath taking valleys of South East Wales. • • • • • • • • • • •
30 minutes from Cardiff City Centre Easily located for the M4 motorway 42 Bedrooms Blas Restaurant Gym Fusion Spa 18 hole golf course 9 Hole golf academy course 3 function rooms Winners Bar Complimentary WI-FI
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Air conditioning with individual climate control Internet access point LCD TV Tea and coffee making facilities In-room safe Direct dial telephone Reading lights Iron and ironing board on request Power showers
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18 metre swimming pool 4 treatment rooms Relaxation room Sauna and steam room Aromatherapy suite Jacuzzi and hydrospa 30-station gymnasium
• 6021 yard par 71 championship course Winners Bar: • 6 TV screens including a 50’’ Hi-Def plasma • South facing sun deck overlooking the 10th & 11th fairways & fountain • Pool table • Light snacks
Group rates from £45 per person Dinner, Bed and Breakfast From £30 bed and breakfast per person based on 2 people sharing a standard double or twin
Driver stays for FREE* Tour Guide stays for FREE* *terms and conditions apply www.brynmeadows.co.uk | 01495 225590 | firstname.lastname@example.org Maesycwmmer, Ystrad Mynach, Caerphilly, South Wales CF82 7SN
Activities Dust off the cobwebs and get out into the countryside to enjoy one of these fantastic activities. Mountain Biking at Cwmcarn Forest
Rockwood Riding Centre
The trails have it all - testing climbs, swooping descents and demanding technical sections. Ride 15.5km of almost pure single track through a landscape once scarred by coal mining but now considered one of Walesâ€™ hidden gems.
Situated on Caerphilly Mountain in 250 acres of private land. Individual and group lessons available. ABRS approved. Indoor arena with viewing area.
tel: +44 (0)1495 272001 email: email@example.com web: www.cwmcarnforest.co.uk
tel: +44 (0)2920 866281 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.visitcaerphilly.com
Rock UK Summit Centre
Taff Valley Quad Bikes & Activity Centre
The indoor climbing walls are up to 18 metres high with over 180 climbing routes in the main climbing centre plus an additional bouldering area. The centre also has a world class man-made caving system with a waterfall inside.
A family run activity centre, specialising in Quad Bike treks through the countryside on a 360 acre working hill farm. Also taster sessions in archery and Clay Pigeon Shooting available.
tel: +44 (0)1443 710090 email: email@example.com web: www.rockuk.org
tel: +44 (0)2920 831658 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.adventurewales.co.uk
Llechwen Hall H ot e l & R e s tau R a n t
A Haven of Tranquillity on the Hillside... Set in six glorious acres of hilltop countryside in the heart of the Cynon Valleys, Llechwen Hall Hotel & Restaurant provides the ideal location for your getaway. Stay in an unrivalled hillside location with panoramic views, AA Rosette awarded cuisine, 20 individually designed bedrooms and situated only 20 minutes from Cardiff â€“ Llechwen Hall Hotel is a magnificent Countryside retreat. - Discounted room rates for group bookings - Complimentary accommodation for the coach driver - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast tariffs available -
To Book, Call: 01443 742 050 Llechwen Hall Hotel, Llanfabon, Nr Pontypridd, CF37 4HP www.llechwenhall.co.uk
Accommodation With a choice of a four star resort, rural hotel, village hotel and well known Premier Inns, groups are welcome and catered for in the county borough of Caerphilly. Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa
Llechwen Hall Hotel
Bryn Meadows is a four star boutique golf, hotel and spa resort. The lavishly equipped bedroom suites, with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside, will enable you to completely relax.
Llechwen Hall Hotel is a privately owned historic country house hotel with magnificent views, exceptional food and stylish surroundings.
tel: +44 (0)1495 225590 email: email@example.com web: www.brynmeadows.co.uk
tel: +44 (0)1443 742050 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.llechwen.co.uk
Caerphilly Crossways Crossways Business Park Caerphilly
Caerphilly Corbetts Lane Caerphilly
tel: +44 (0)871 527 8184 web: www.premierinn.com
tel: +44 (0)871 527 8182 web: www.premierinn.com
The Wingfield Hotel If you need the comfort of a traditional en-suite room after a busy day exploring, then The Wingfield Hotel is the place for you. Close to many important sites, the hotel also boasts a restaurant and sports bar. tel: +44 (0)29 2088 9199 email: email@example.com web: www.wingfieldhotel.co.uk
Llancaiach Fawr The perfect place for... Fascinating history brought vividly to life, evening ghost tours, cream teas, lunches & dinners.
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Refreshment stops Take time out from your tour to enjoy a spot of lunch or a refreshing tea or coffee at one of the many cafes, pubs or restaurants throughout the region. Bella Capri Italian Restaurant Bella Capri, Italian Restaurant
Blas Restaurant at Bryn Meadows Hotel, Golf & Spa
Family owned Italian restaurant, catering for every occasion including group bookings. Quick and efficient service; a stones throw from Caerphilly Castle.
Blas at Bryn Meadows use the best ingredients from local suppliers, to create modern dishes with a Welsh theme.
Caerphilly, CF83 1PA www.bellacapri.co.uk
Blackwood, NP12 2RB www.brynmeadows.co.uk/dining
Llechwen Hall Hotel
Gourmet cuisine and excellent wines are served in the charming AA rosette 17th Century beamed long house. Excellent service and group menus available. Nelson, CF37 4HP www.llechwen.co.uk
The Conservatory Restaurant at Llancaiach Fawr Manor
The Malcolm Uphill
This 400 year old former Farmhouse has a delicious seasonal menu in a cosy atmosphere with open fireplaces and traditional beams.
For group bookings Llancaiach Fawr cater for every kind of visit from afternoon tea to evening tours and dinner with 17th Century recipes and entertainment.
The Malcolm Uphill is a popular Wetherspoonâ€™s pub in the centre of Caerphilly with a large selection of food and drink available daily.
Rudry, CF83 3EB www.chefandbrewer.com
Nelson, CF46 6ER www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk
Caerphilly, CF83 1FQ www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/ home/pubs/the-malcolm-uphill
The Rock Inn
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Excellent lunch and evening menu in a charming atmosphere. High quality furnishings and quirky memorabilia adorn the walls. Prebooked groups catered for.
Purchase a truckle of Caerphilly Cheese and stop for coffee or cake in the delightful coffee shop whilst enjoying impressive views of Caerphilly Castle.
Blackwood, NP12 1DD www.therockblackwood.co.uk
Caerphilly, CF83 1JL www.visitcaerphilly.com
Country pub perfectly located for group meal stop between Caerphilly and Cardiff. Seasonal food and carefully nurtured ales on offer. Thornhill, CF83 1LY www.vintageinn.co.uk/ thetravellersrestcaerphilly
Explore Caerphilly 1 day Itinerary Take a tour around Caerphilly. A massive castle, a haunted house and a poiginet memorial. Finish off the day with a delicious local ice cream surrounded by beautiful countryside.
Stop 1 – Caerphilly Castle Iconic castle dating from the 13th Century and the second largest in Britain. Highlights include a tower that leans at a greater angle than the one in Pisa and the impressive great hall, scene of many formal occasions throughout the centuries. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk Stop 2 – Senghenydd Memorial Garden Located in Senghenydd the Memorial Garden commemorates all those in Wales who lost their lives as a result of the coal industry. Every Colliery disaster is remembered on a series of ceramic paviers as part of a ‘Pathway of Memory’ around the garden. www.visitcaerphilly.com Stop 3 – Llancaiach Fawr Manor Historic manor house where costumed characters from the 17th century guide you around. Find out what life was like for them during the civil war. The house is also reported to be the most haunted in Wales. www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk Stop 4 – Winding House Museum Museum chronicling the history of Caerphilly and surrounding area. A range of exhibits and a rotating series of exhibitions brings history alive. Look out too for the massive Victorian winding engine which comes to life on certain days throughout the year. www.windinghouse.co.uk
Explore the Region - 2 Day Itinerary With so much to do it can be challenging to know where to start. We’ve put together a sample two day itinerary for you, giving you the opportunity to visit some of the very best attractions in the region. Day 1 Stop 1 – Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly Llancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly is a 17th century manor house. Take a tour of the house and meet the servants who will tell you tales of what life was like for them back in 1645. www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk Stop 2 – Cyfarthfa Park & Museum, Merthyr Imposing 1824 castle housing a museum with a collection of fine art and social history items. www.visitmerthyr.co.uk/attractions/cyfarthfa-park-museum.aspx Stop 3 – Guardian Mining Memorial, Six Bells Towering above the village of Six Bells is the Guardian Mining Memorial. Commemorating the 1960 Six Bells mining disaster, the monument was unveiled in 2010. www.guardianwales.info Stop 4 – Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Blaenavon The Centre features an interactive Victorian school room, film and multi-media displays which not only provide visitors with a unique insight into the significance of Blaenavon’s Industrial Landscape, but also introduces them to the area’s many attractions. www.visitblaenavon.co.uk Stop 5 - Shire Hall, Monmouthshire Built in 1724, the elegant building has a remarkable past. Once a centre of commerce and governance for the town, it also served as a courthouse. www.shirehallmonmouth.org.uk
Day 2 Stop 1 – Tredegar House, Newport Set in 90 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Newport is this 17th century house. Now in the care of the National Trust, visitors can hear about the house’s history and it’s eccentric former owners and view the art collection. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house Stop 2 – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff As part of a visit to the Centre, behind the scenes tours are offered where you can discover the secrets of the landmark building and find out what lies beneath the inscription. Special deals are available for groups and there is ample coach parking nearby. www.wmc.org
Day 2 (Continued) Stop 3 – Dyffryn Gardens, The Vale of Glamorgan Covering more than 55 acres, Dyffryn Gardens feature a stunning collection of intimate garden rooms including a rose garden, Pompeian garden and an extensive Arboretum featuring trees from all over the world. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dyffryn-gardens Stop 4 – McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Bridgend Situated right on junction 36 of the M4 Motorway, the undercover mall has over 90 shops selling high street and designer brand names at discounted prices. www.bridgenddesigneroutlet.com Stop 5 - The Royal Mint Visitor Experience, Rhondda Cynon Taf Take a look behind the scenes at Britain’s oldest manufacturing organisation. See for yourself the people and processes that put the pounds and pennies in your pockets. www.royalmint.com/en/the-royal-mint-experience
What’s on in Southern Wales Time your visit right and not only will you stay in some great accommodation, get to sample some great food and visit some top attractions, you’ll also get to enjoy some fabulous events. We’ve highlighted some of the most popular ones here, but there are hundreds more going on throughout the year. For a full list of events in the region, please visit www.visitsouthernwales.org Steelhouse Festival, Blaenau Gwent
Nos Galan Road Races, Mountain Ash
Isle of Fire, Vale of Glamorgan
Abergavenny Food Festival
The Big Splash, Newport
RHS Flower Show Cardiff
Merthyr Food Festival
The Big Cheese, Caerphilly
Porthcawl Elvis Festival
Blaenavon World Heritage Day, Blaenavon
Coach Parking Find out where to drop off your passengers or park your coach in some of our main towns and attractions. Caerphilly Caerphilly’s coach parking facilities are ideally placed for making the most of a visit to the town, whether visiting the castle or browsing the shops. Coach Drop Off Castle Court Shopping Centre, CF83 1NU (opposite castle)
Coach Park Crescent Road, CF83 1XY
Coach Driver Incentives A free cup of tea/coffee and cake for coach drivers at The Visit Caerphilly Centre www.visitcaerphilly.com Contact the Events & Marketing Team on: +44 (0)1443 866394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s so much to do in Southern Wales that we couldn’t fit it all into one brochure. Take a look at our website for more ideas for your group visit. www.visitsouthernwales.org
Tour Guides Make sure you get the most out of your visit to the region by hiring the services of a tour guide. Members of The Wales Official Tour Guide Association are the only guides officially recognised to be able to guide in Wales. They can provide highly trained, professional and experienced Blue Badge Guides, who will help bring your journey to life. There are dozens of guides, each with their own specialisms, interests and language skills. Blue Badge Guides can take you all over the region, whilst Green Badge Guides offer a more specialist and localised expertise.
To find a guide to suit your needs please visit www.walesbestguides.com
Maps and Travel Information Easy to get to We’re a different country with our own language and culture, yet we’re surprisingly easy to get to. We’re only around two hours down the M4 from London whilst Birmingham and the West Midlands are only an hour or so from our borders.
So in next to no time you could be here, immersing yourself in our culture and traditions and who knows maybe even trying to get your tongue around our language. Croeso - or welcome in English. We’re not very big, but we certainly fit a lot in – and getting around the region couldn’t be easier. A comprehensive road system links all the major towns, while many towns and villages are well served by the local train network which connects with the mainline stations.
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, Southern Wales Tourism cannot accept responsibility for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, or for any matter in any way connected with or arising out of the publication of the information contained within this brochure. The brochure may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the prior consent of the publisher. www.visitcaerphilly.com @Visitcaerphilly Visit Caerphilly
Published by: Southern Wales Tourism Photographs: Southern Wales Tourism would like to thank Mike Chapman, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Visit Britain ÂŠ Crown Copyright Visit Wales for the use of their images in the publication. Map ÂŠ Collins Bartholomew Ltd Design: Mediadesign
The county borough of Caerphilly has an annual events programme with some fantastic festivals taking place in various towns. The highlight of the events programme is The Big Cheese which attracts over 70,000 visitors each year, offering a huge food & drink market, craft stalls, entertainment, funfair and medieval re-enactment village in the grounds of Caerphilly Castle. JULY
Last Weekend in July
Caerphilly Christmas Fayre has been growing over the past ten years and now attracts over 90 stalls. The fayre celebrates Christmas through the town and inside Caerphilly Castle.
Second weekend in December
Caerphilly Food Festival in early May has become a firm favourite, with a variety of food & drink suppliers, many local, along with cookery demonstrations.
Email us for a group/coach booking form for any of our events, you will be allocated free parking for the event period along with a lunch pass and goodie bag for the coach driver. email@example.com For a full list of events visit our website visitcaerphilly.com
Caerphilly has a strong and proud heritage, just like the magnificent Caerphilly Castle, Wales' largest castle (which has a tower that outle...