- 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
See our Weekend Wedding Package with 60 to 70 day guests and 50 guests staying 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.
in or near to Caerphilly,
or can you go further afield
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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