The theme for this year’s Wales Tourism Week is ‘Collaborating to Compete’ which aims to highlight the power of partnerships across the industry. It runs between 12th – 20th May 2018. With this in mind we’ve teamed up with our friends at Visit Caerphilly.
Visit Caerphilly spearheads the Caerphilly Tourism Association, which is a group of local businesses dedicated to providing visitors with their ideal leisure experiences, whether it be an overnight stay, a dining experience or visiting an attraction. Their main function is to bring tourism operators together, forming one voice to make the tourism industry stronger and ultimately increase visitors to Caerphilly.
To encourage more people to visit the area, or if you are a local, to experience attractions you may drive past on a regular basis, you can enter a free prize draw to win:
- An overnight stay for 2 people at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa
- Including a full Welsh breakfast and use of the leisure facilities
- Plus a 2 course dinner in Blas Restaurant
- Entry to historic Llancaiach Fawr Manor
- Including an afternoon tea or Sunday roast
- Entry to the remarkable Caerphilly Castle
You can find out more and enter here: Visit Caerphilly until Sunday 20th May 2018.
History of Caerphilly
Caerphilly is famous for lending its name to the popular cheese, which is thought to have been created to provide food to the local coal miners. Production died out after World War II with mass production being moved to Somerset and Whiltshire, however over the last 20 years or so local producers have starting to supply this again.
During the 1700’s Caerphilly began to grow into a market town as the south Wales Valleys underwent massive growth through industrialisation. The coal industry to this day still marks the landscape, and evidence of this can be found throughout. Other towns in the borough include Bedwas, Risca, Ystrad Mynach, Newbridge, Blackwood, Bargoed, New Tredegar and Rhymney.
Landmarks aren’t the only ones putting Caerphilly on the map; more recently comedian and magician Tommy Cooper, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, ITV’s This Morning Presenter Matt Johnson and Cardiff City and Wales footballer Robert Earnshaw lived in the borough following his family’s move from Zambia.
Caerphilly Castle is Wales’ largest and Britain’s second largest castle behind Windsor. At the beginning of the 15th century it was attacked by Owain Glyndwr, the last native Prince of Wales, who took over the castle. In 1648 during the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s army caused great damage to the south east tower, so it now leans at a greater angle the more famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Llancaiach Fawr is a fully restored Tudor Manor House which was building in c1550 for Dayfdd ap Richard. It’s a Grade I listed building, and is thought to have been built on the site of an earlier medieval structure. It was the home of Colonel Edward Prichard when King Charles I visited on 5th August 1645. The house is furnished as it would have been in 1645, including tour guides in traditional dress. It also has a long history of paranormal activity and features in the list of the 10 most haunted buildings in the country. Previous residents, members of staff and many visitors can testify to uncanny events.
Photography: Caerphilly Castle photograph courtesy of Cadw