Caerphilly Castle dares visitors to brave the Dragon’s lair
Wales’ largest fortress, Caerphilly Castle, has opened two new family attractions. After months of planning and secret installations, the castle now invites visitors to explore an interactive medieval labyrinth, Gilbert’s Maze, and a mystical Dragons’ Lair.
Gilbert’s Maze has been designed by specialists behind The London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds. Explorers are challenged to dodge objects, solve clues and locate secret passageways to capture the mighty fortress without being caught by its 13th-century owner, Gilbert de Clare. Gilbert will be present at the castle throughout August, as part of historic interpretation group, Past Pleasures.
The castle and its iconic leaning tower is now home to a brood of Welsh Dragons – visitors are invited to brave the smoke and snarls inside the lair, uncovering the Cadw Dragons’ tale, choreographed to a dramatic audio-visual display.
Caerphilly’s transformation follows the launch of Legends of the Sky at Caernarfon Castle — a first-of-its-kind 3D hologram game that allows visitors to command and train their very own holographic dragon.
Each new attraction is part of a £9.5m Welsh Government investment to enhance visitor experience at Wales’s sites over the next three years and say a big ‘diolch’ to the millions of people who have played a part in protecting the historic monuments.