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Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly castle.svg Aaron Ramsey

Caerphilly Castle

Aaron Ramsey

Artboard Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey

Position Midfielder
Number 10
Date of Birth DEC 26 1990
First Game Denmark 2008/09
Height 5'9
Club Juventus
Caps 63
Goals 16

Dreigiau Cymru

The Football Association of Wales has teamed up with Cadw to represent each of the 26 players in the Cymru squad for UEFA EURO 2020 at historic sites across the country. 

Celebrate Cymru at EURO 2020 by grabbing a selfie at these locations to share on social media using our #DreigiauCymru hashtag. 

You can also scan the QR code on each Dreigiau Cymru to log the visit in your personal digital sticker book right here on TogetherStronger.Cymru. How many digital player stickers can you collect from visiting Cadw sites across Wales?!

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Castle History

Fear of a Welsh prince inspired the mightiest medieval castle in Wales

Outside view of Caerphilly Castle

Llywelyn ap Gruffudd didn’t build Caerphilly Castle. In fact he twice tried to knock it down before it was finished. But he was certainly its inspiration.

The rise of the powerful Prince of Wales persuaded Marcher lord Gilbert de Clare that he needed a fortress in double-quick time. And it had better be truly formidable.

So from 1268 de Clare constructed the biggest castle in Wales — second only to Windsor in the whole of Britain. Massive walls, towers and gatehouses were combined with sprawling water defences to cover a total of 30 acres.

That’s three times the size of Wales’s modern-day stronghold and home of Welsh rugby, the Principality Stadium.

Caerphilly Castle famous leaning tower

On the death of Llywelyn this frontline fortress was transformed into a palatial home with a hunting park and northern lake. It passed into the hands of Edward II’s ruthless and greedy favourite Hugh Despenser, who revamped the great hall in ornate style.

By then Caerphilly must have appeared like some mythical castle floating in an enchanted lake. An effect oddly enhanced by the Civil War gunpowder that left the south-east tower at a precarious angle.

In fact Wales’s very own Leaning Tower — even wonkier than that of Pisa — is probably the castle’s best-loved feature.

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