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Caerphilly

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Caerphilly is a town in South Wales, at the southern end of the Rhymney Valley. It is the largest town in Caerphilly (county borough). Historically it was in the county of Glamorgan, on the border with Monmouthshire. At the 2001 Census, the town had a population of 30,388. It is a commuter town for Cardiff and Newport, 7.5 miles (12 km) and 12 miles (19 km) away respectively, and is separated from the Cardiff suburbs of Lisvane and Rhiwbina by Caerphilly mountain and gives its name to Caerphilly cheese.HistoryThe town's site has long been of strategic significance. Around AD 75 a fort was built by the Romans during their conquest of Britain. An excavation of the site in 1963 showed that the fort was occupied by Roman forces until the middle of the 2nd century.Tradition states that a monastery was built in the area by St Cenydd, but this claim lacks support. Nonetheless, the district was formerly named Senghenydd after him, and Cenydd's son, St Ffili, is said to have built a fort (caer) in the area and thus gave the town its name. Another explanation is that it is named after the Anglo-Norman Marcher Lord, Philip de Braose.
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Caerphilly Castle ©
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Caerphilly Castle
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Llancaiach Fawr ©
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Llancaiach Fawr
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Duration: 2 hours
Caerphilly Mountain ©
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Caerphilly Mountain
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Aber Valley Heritage Museum ©
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Aber Valley Heritage Museum
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Four Waterfalls Walk
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Four Waterfalls Walk Ystradfellte
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Caerphilly

Sirhowy Valley Country Park ©
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Sirhowy Valley Country Park
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Parc Penallta ©
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Parc Penallta
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Duration: 2 hours
Senghenydd Memorial and Garden ©
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Senghenydd Memorial and Garden
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Duration: 30 minutes
Tommy Cooper Statue
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Tommy Cooper Statue
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Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Caerphilly

St Martin's Church ©
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St Martin's Church
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Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Caerphilly

Y Galeri ©
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Y Galeri
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Duration: 2 hours

Spas in Caerphilly

Captiva Spa & Lounge ©
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Captiva Spa & Lounge
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Duration: 2 hours

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