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Caerphilly Castle under siege by Welsh dragon

Dragon having broken through the banks of Caerphilly Castle Credit: Cadw

St David's Day might seem like the perfect time to visit Wales' largest castle. But be warned, you might be in for more than you bargained for.

Visitors to Caerphilly Castle will today risk being 'captured' by a four meter long, red and black scaled dragon.

Behind the scenes of Wild Creation's latest creation. Credit: Cadw

Its arrival marks the launch of Cadw's Historic Adventures campaign, which looks to encourage visitors to Cadw sites during Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure.

The campaign also includes a public screening of the upcoming Wales vs England Six Nations game as well as an after dark 'sleepover' - all to be hosted at Caerphilly Castle over the coming weeks.

We’re always looking at new and exciting ways to bring Wales’s historic monuments to life for visitors to explore and enjoy; and we’re confident that this creative programme of events will attract a wide-range of visitors to experience Cadw sites.

– Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism
Visitors flee from the dragon's clutches. Credit: Cadw

The dragon took 15 weeks to sculpt out of fibre glass, weighs one tonne and can blow smoke out of its flaring nostrils.

This terror of Caerphilly is the latest creation from the Cardiff based prop design specialists, Wild Creations.

The medieval backdrop of Caerphilly Castle is the perfect location for this mythical, reptile-like monster – it could almost be the billboard of a Hollywood blockbuster!

– Matt Wild, owner of Wild Creations

You might remember one of their earlier creations, the famous 'ball in the wall' which appeared on Cardiff Castle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Cardiff's 'ball in the wall' proved to be a Rugby World Cup hit. Credit: Cardiff Council

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