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Your Caerphilly Wedding Reception in a Castle
- it's all yours for your Day

"We only allow one wedding a day in the castle, so
our Castle is exclusively yours for your wedding day"

This sets our castle apart from wedding venues in Caerphilly / South Wales area who may have more than one wedding on same day.

Exclusive Use Caerphilly Wedding Packages
in a Welsh Castle
- a stunning Wedding Venue
under an hour from Caerphilly
once the A465 roadworks finished!

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Award winning Castle Wedding Venue in South Wales for your big day!

  • Time from Caerphilly to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue: 57 minutes

  • Distance from Caerphilly to Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Reception Venue: 40 miles

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See our Caerphilly Wedding Packages

See our Weekend Wedding Package with 60 to 70 day guests and 50 guests staying overnight.

See our amazing two day full weekend VIP Wedding Offer. This is a great idea for Caerphilly Couples wishing to hire an entire castle for a full weekend. With all your guests staying overnight with you (this is for a large wedding, for 70 staying two nights) you can make a full weekend of it. It'll be like having your own private castle for the weekend, and at a cost you will be most pleasantly surprised by.

See how guest accommodation use reduces what you as the couple pay, for a £28,000 value wedding, to around a third of this cost - circa £10,300 for a VIP Superior Two day Two night full weekend wedding in 2023-2025 (same price each year).

For all our wedding packages, see Wedding Packages Selection for the most suitable wedding package for you.

Why Choose Craig y Nos Castle,
near Caerphilly?

You get Exclusive Use of our castle wedding venue near Caerphilly.

All your guests can stay overnight with you on your wedding day. Party late into the night, with no worries about you or your guests getting back home to Caerphilly.

Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue sleeps up to 81 guests in en-suite doubles and family rooms.

We're probably the only castle wedding venue where all your guests from Caerphilly can stay overnight.

A unique Wedding Venue - the romance of a real Welsh Castle combined with the historic grandeur of our very own Opera House licensed for wedding ceremonies.

Craig y Nos Castle only accepts one wedding a day, so you and your guests from
Caerphilly will have the run of the whole ground floor of the castle exclusively.

You're not in just one room, you and your guests have the run of all our ground floor rooms:

(1) The opera house for your wedding ceremony, where you will be the star of the show, on stage, before all your guests

(2) Welcome drinks in the Nicoloni Room, our main reception lounge (or outside in gardens if weather is fine)

Wedding Reception lounge at Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue for Caerphilly

(3) Your wedding breakfast in our 130 seater conservatory with fabulous views overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park

(4) Evening wedding party and late night disco in our evening function room and music room, with resident's bar.

Should you 'go local',
for a wedding venue
in or near to Caerphilly,
or can you go further afield
for a more special and unique wedding day?

'Local Venue'
'Destination Wedding Venue'?

You may have guests some distance away from Caerphilly, who'll need to travel to your wedding anyway, so it won't matter to them so much where you get married.

For guests who live local to you, friends and neighbours and acquaintances and even work colleagues in and around Caerphilly, do you want a local wedding venue near Caerphilly where all your guests can get to easily? Or are you all happy about travelling along a shiny new A465 (by the time of your wedding) to Craig y Nos Castle?

Will you invite
'Evening Only' Guests
or invite everyone for the whole day?

'Evening-only' guests won't travel far from Caerphilly. Craig y Nos is more of a 'destination wedding venue', where your closest friends and relatives come to your wedding, and where you invite everyone for the whole day.

When you choose a venue further away from your Caerphilly base, you'll tend to invite everyone for the whole day. Also you'll need somewhere all your guests can stay overnight.

Craig y Nos Castle sleeps over 8o guests. Have most of your Caerphilly wedding guests stay with us. Everyone will party with you late into the night as they have no worries about getting home to Caerphilly.

Unlike with a 'local' wedding reception, when you marry at Craig y Nos, you won't have so many guests shooting off early to get home. With more local weddings nearer to Caerphilly, a wedding party dwindles around 11-12 as guests leave to go home. Having everyone stay over at Craig y Nos means your party lasts late into the night.

A truly magical and unique
castle wedding venue

Craig y Nos Castle is a popular destination wedding venue for couples all over the UK. It combines the attraction of getting married in a real castle, in your own fairytale castle for either a day or a whole weekend, a historic building (yours exclusively for your wedding) in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The mountain scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park guarantees you stunning photo opportunities both inside and outside the castle. The Grade One Listed Opera House makes a fantastic setting for your wedding ceremony. You get exclusive use of the whole ground floor of the castle for you and your Caerphilly wedding guests.

Hosting over 100 weddings a year, Craig y Nos Castle is a truly magical and unique castle wedding venue for Caerphilly Brides and Grooms with reasonable and affordable rates.

AB21 Bathroom at Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue for Caerphilly
AB31 loft room at Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue for Caerphilly

Caerphilly Wedding Theme ideas,
Wedding Decor and Wedding Gift Ideas,
based on Caerphilly's history, style and culture

Link your wedding theme, wedding decor and wedding favours to the history, style and sense of place of Caerphilly. Your wedding theme may be linked to your own past, to key moments in your relationship with each other, your favourite colours, your personal tastes, or you may incorporate elements of your home town of Caerphilly into your wedding day 'story book'.

When considering wedding decor you may already have plenty of your own ideas for your wedding. Or maybe you are still looking for inspiration? Reflect the story of Caerphilly in your decor, to connect your personal history in your home town's roots, and your family's location in Caerphilly. You may get some ideas from the history of Caerphilly below, its buildings, street names, or local transport routes etc.

Room 21 en-suite at Craig y Nos Castle Wedding Venue for Caerphilly
AB28 Bathroom at Craig y Nos Castle wedding venue for Caerphilly

Interesting Facts About Caerphilly you may not know
and could use in your wedding theme/ decor/ story

1. Population 30,388.

2. A Roman fort was built here in AD75. Subsequently St. Ffili built a fort, and in Welsh a fort is 'Caer'. This is said to have given rise to the name Caerphilly.

3. An Anglo-Norman Lord, Gilbert de Clare, began building Caerphilly Castle on 11 April 1268 and it acted as a buffer against  Llywelyn the Last, the Prince of Wales, who controlled most of mid and north Wales. The Castle was a powerful and impressive symbol of Anglo-Norman rule.

4. Caerphilly Castle is the largest castle in Wales and the second largest castle in England, after Windsor Castle. De Clare also built Castell Coch. Caerphilly Castle's concentric layout was more flexible than earlier Castles and gave rapid access to any part of the castle via mural passages and wall-walks, while its towers and gatehouses could be independently defended against attackers. One part of it might be taken but other parts would remain defended. Attackers were unable to mount siege engines against the inner walls due to the protection afforded by the outer walls.

5. The castle’s active role as a defensive fort against Welsh invasion from the North was an extremely short one. By 1283 Edward I had removed the threat of Welsh independence and the need for Caerphilly had gone.

6. However in 1316 Llywelyn Bren, Gruffyd ap Rhys's son, lay siege to the castle with an army of 10,000 men. The outer wall of the castle was breached but not the inner defences, which could not be penetrated. Caerphilly town was burned down and though rebuilt, it remained very small throughout the Middle Ages.

7. Subsequently Owain Glyndŵr attacked and took over the castle in 1403-1405. Repairs were made but by 1530 the castle was a ruin. The Mid Wales area had calmed down and there was no longer any need for the castle for military purposes. In 1583 the castle was leased to Thomas Lewis, who removed some of the castle's stone walls to build his nearby manor, The Van Mansion, further damaging the castle.

8. That the castle recovered from its derelict state is down to the restoration work undertaken by the Bute family and the reflooding of the lakes  in the 1950s. The Marquess of Bute acquired Caerphilly Castle in the C.18th and embarked on a massive restoration which was later continued by the State. The Castle is now in a better restored state than it was 500 years ago.

9. The castle of Caerphilly was used as a filming location for Merlin and the Doctor Who episodes The Rebel Flesh and The Almost People (2011).

10. Around 1700 Caerphilly developed into a market town. Caerphilly expanded due to the Industrial Revolution and coal mining.

11. In the summer, Caerphilly hosts 'The Big Cheese' festival.

12. Tommy Cooper was born in Caerphilly.

Wedding Theme Ideas
based on Caerphilly history

The town of Caerphilly is dominated by the Castle and its history, so any wedding theme based on Caerphilly would necessarily reflect the story of the castle in some way.

An obvious approach would be to name your tables after all the castles built by the Normans, or castles in and around Cardiff specifically. As Craig y Nos Castle is also a 'castle' - albeit a mock Victorian 'sham' castle (i.e. a pretend castle, one of many built by the Victorians in the C.19th), a castle theme to your wedding may be relevant.

The castle theme could extend to your wedding cake, as I have seen a few wedding cakes at the castle with a castle design or a castle 'topper'.

You could replicate Caerphilly Castle itself for your wedding cake. One couple recently had a black gothic castle made out of artificial material, to reflect the gothic nature of Craig y Nos Castle. You could do something similar with Caerphilly Castle, commissioning a model of it which is artificial and sits on top of the lower tiers of your cake, becoming the the top tier. Not being made of icing, an artifical castle construction is something you could keep afterwards.

Make sure your castle replica is of a light-weight material as we have had recent instances of top heavy upper tiers sagging into the lower tiers, causing a leaning effect similar to one of the towers of Caerphilly Castle. This can happen when the lower tiers of a wedding cake are made of sponge instead of the heavier, stronger (and more expensive) fruit cake. So be sure to build your castle on strong foundations!

I cannot see many wedding themes that you could use based on the relatively limited information about Caerphilly town as a distinctive place in its own right. The town's story is too much dominated by the castle for you to take much from the history of the town and ignoring Caerphilly Castle. It is possible you could do something with the Caerphilly Cheese Festival, replicating a mini version of this for your third course at your Wedding Breakfast, perhaps.

A visit to Caerphilly Castle may give you further inspiration.

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