A huge dragon has just appeared on the banks of a Welsh castle

An enormous dragon has just appeared on the banks of a Welsh castle.

The dragon, which is four metres long, has reptile-like black and red scales, smoke-flaring nostrils, and an outreached claw.

It was unveiled overnight by the same people who created Cardiff Castle’s amazing Ball in the Wall .

The dragon’s reptilian features are terrifying (Photo: Wales News Service)
This is it being put together in a workshop (Photo: Wales News Service)
The dragon in place at Caerphilly Castle (Photo: Wales News Service)
(Photo: Wales News Service)

The dragon was sculpted and moulded before being built out of fibreglass.

It weighs one tonne and took a team of 15 six weeks to construct.

It was created by Cardiff-based prop design specialists, Wild Creations.

Watch the dragon being made

Video thumbnail, The castle dragon being made

Its arrival marks the launch of Cadw’s Historic Adventures campaign, which will take place at Cadw sites during Visit Wales’s Year of Adventure.

One of the events is a public screening of the Wales v England Six Nations game in Caerphilly Castle .

There will also be a weekend celebration of real ale and craft beers at Chepstow Castle.

Matt Wild, owner of Wild Creations, said: “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! We’re delighted with the end product and hope that it inspires people from across Wales to pay the site, and the dragon, a visit this spring.”

A giant rugby ball has crashed in to Cardiff Castle. The installation will stay at the castle for around three weeks during the Rugby World Cup.
Pictured is Matt Wild, 32, of Wild Creations based in Cardiff, who worked with Cardiff Council to create the installation.
Matt Wild of Wild Creations, who also created the Ball in the Wall

Visitors to Caerphilly will be able to see the dragon for free until 3pm on Sunday, March 6, or later by normal site-admission when it moves inside the castle from March 7 until the summer.

Those that take the most dramatic pictures “being captured” by the dragon and use the hashtag #HistoricAdventures on Facebook or Twitter will be in with a chance of winning one of 10 Cadw Explorer Passes.