A Road Trip To Kidwelly Castle In a Mini Countryman
We took Mini Road Trip to see how many castles we could see and film in one day. Our First Stop was Kidwelly Castle at Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales.
It was a great day out and a spectacular location!
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Hello people of the internet…
And welcome to Something Vloggy.
And today myself, Ian, and this Jo…
We’re going on the road trip to see how many castles we can see in one day.
It will be a Mini adventure. Well it’s gonna be an adventure in a Mini.
Where We’re Headed
We are heading to Kidwelly Castle.
It looks quite stunning so I’m looking forward to having a look.
How about you Ian?
Are you looking forward to having a look?
I am very much looking forward to having a look.
We are currently going along the Head of the Valleys Road, which is really hard not to say in a Welsh accent, but I can’t do one, so I’m not going to try, because it would be offensive.
We’re here! If you can’t tell there’s a castle behind me.
Looks quite impressive.
Let’s go exploring.
Blimey. How the hell do you wear that?
You’d need to be Brian Blessed in order to wear chain mail really.
This is what the castle would have looked like in its hay-day.
He disappeared…. never to be seen again.
Oh, that’s deeper than I thought it was gonna be.
You can see, there was something here that was secured to the wall at one point.
Yes, it does.
We’ve come down into the dungeon
If you thought the echo in the last bit was good this is brilliant.
(Singing like Monastic Chanting) Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh Ahhhhh Ahhhhhhhhh.
Stop showing off, you.
Let’s go and find another piece of dungeon.
It’s very dark and compact in here.
Whilst actually not being very dark because there’s a window.
Tell you what, it’s very atmospheric. If you ever wanted to read a ghost story…
If you’ve got one like on the tip of your brain.
I avoided the puddle.
Cor, Really slippery.
Hanging onto the bars here.
And on a slope.
Just another room.
The courtyard is quite something.
I mean, I know the first thing I did when I got here was complain about the weather… but it actually makes it look more dramatic I think.
A lot of the holes in the castle have served as quite nice little roosting spots for Jackdaws I think they are.
This looks like it would be a great filming location for somewhere like The Merchant of Venice or an episode of Doctor Who, where they visit another planet or perhaps another time.
Doctor Who, come here.
This kitchen has an awesome fireplace, I can tell you that for nothing.
Also a window with the two holes. I’m guessing one was to look out of.
And one was to feed waste through? I don’t know.
Initially, this one was built out of mud and wood, but because, I’m guessing, it was such a good defence position, they later built it in stone.
It’s surprisingly intact for a castle of this age.
I mean, obviously, the building hasn’t been used in quite a long time, and I know that there have been bits of work done to make sure that the fabric of the place stays intact.
It’s now home to a bit of wildlife as well, but there’s so much of it.
A lot of the castles that we visit, there’s just not very much left.
Whereas this one, there’s massive amounts of it left. It’s a brilliant castle.
I’m really quite chuffed with this one.
It’s a smashing spot as well.
I’m currently standing above the main gate, and I’m in a room that is very, very tall. It’s not particularly wide, and it’s not particularly deep, but it is tall, and it’s got a couple of slots in the floor.
One of them is for the portcullis to go down through, and the other one, is so that, if you if you had your enemy at the gates then what you could do is you could pour something hot and unpleasant down onto them.
Lead was a favourite.
Because there are too many drips some of them are forming stalactites.
Stalagmites up from the bottom.
Can’t believe how much of this castle there actually is.
It’s just, when you think it’s going to be a dead end, there’s just more of it opening up.
It’s a… yeah, it’s well worth a look. We’re not gonna be able to show you everything clearly, because there’s just so much.
So much stuff.
Kidwelly is a Norman Castle and has been knocking around since, well, Norman times.
I think it’s well worth it for the four pounds it costs to get in here.
We’ve been here over an hour now, and we keep finding more of it.
There’s More – On Top of the Tower
There’s an up.
God, there is an up.
I’ll fall over and squash you.
Not the cheeriest of thoughts.
You never see this anymore.
You never get to go up to places like this.
The views fantastic and the view’s everywhere.
You just don’t get to go up to places like this. They’re all generally cordoned off.
Obviously this one’s sound enough that you can. So….
Quite chuffed indeed.
So that was Kidwelly Castle.
And you can’t knock it cuz it’s brilliant.
It is brilliant.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed that, which…..
It was huge. Labyrinth of a place.
I know we like our castles, which obviously is why we bring you to see castles, but this one, is great. There’s just so much of it and I really do think we possibly missed stuff.
The views, if you can make up to the tower, are….
Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
Next episode we’re heading to Carmarthen Castle.
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See you next time.
Bye for now.