Discover the biggest castle in Wales, Caerphilly Castle – second only to Windsor Castle in the whole of Britain. Explore 30 acres of massive walls, towers and gatehouses, combined with sprawling water defences. Home to Wales’ very own Leaning Tower – even wonkier than that of Pisa – the castle offers the perfect playground for budding historians. The castle appears like a mythical structure, floating in an enchanted lake. The Castle offers towers to explore, a maze to negotiate, a dragon’s den and a grand Great Hall to discover. Head to Caerphilly Mountain for breath-taking views over the Bristol Channel, Cardiff and Caerphilly. Explore footpaths around the mountain as you get up close and personal with the local horses, cows and sheep. Follow the route over Rhiwbina Hill and stroll through ancient woodlands for stunning panoramic views of the coastline.
Climb to the High Point Observatory at Parc Penalta to be rewarded with panoramic views across the South Wales valleys. As you explore this diverse site it’s hard to imagine that this beautiful and tranquil place was a black coal tip only 30 years ago. Explore everywhere that Parc Penalta has to offer, from the wide-open areas on the plateau to the more intimate spaces of the lower part of the site, it is full of hidden gems for you to discover. Walk through the Parc’s willow tunnel, watch a dragonfly’s aerial acrobatics over a pond or find the Sleeping Giant. No visit to Parc Penallta is complete without seeing Sultan the Pit Pony. Sultan is the iconic feature of the park. At 200 metres long and 15 metres high he is one of the largest figurative earth sculptures in the country. Locals gave him the name Sultan after one of the popular “show” pit ponies from the nearby Penallta Colliery. Admire his springtime coat – a carpet of cowslips. Wander around his several hoof-shaped ponds. Sit in his ear and enjoy the views, or visit the viewpoint to get an elevated view of Sultan the pit pony.
Discover Sirhowy Valley Country Park, as you take a gentle stroll along part of the former railway track that ran from Tredegar in the north to Newport docks in the south. Explore nearly four miles of paths through the woodlands that rise from the river bank and extend up the valley sides.
Delve into rising hillsides into the local woodlands, or travel down to the riverbank of the River Sirhowy to enjoy a walk accompanied by the sights and sounds of the water rushing past on its way downstream. Look out for the spectacular Penllwyn Tramroad Bridge, complete with original stone sleepers, or discover the Babell Chapel, the last resting place of the poet Islwyn.
Explore the Country Park’s two local nature reserves, Graig Goch and the Flatwoods Meadows, and our traditional working hill farm at Ynys Hywel.