1. South Wales
  2. Glamorgan and Cardiff
  3. Cardiff

About Cardiff Castle

The world-class heritage attraction is a stunning medieval castle located in the heart of the Welsh capital, Cardiff.

For over 2,000 years Cardiff Castle has housed the Romans, and the Normans, right up to the Victorians and the local community during WWII airstrikes. Today, however, it’s home to tours, workshops and dressing up - but always with that healthy dose of history!

Cardiff Castle History
The Castle holds a rich and fascinating history, dating back to Roman times and has been used as a royal palace, military fortress, and private family home! Today, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales, drawing visitors from all over the world to explore its history and architecture.

The Castle's origins can be traced back to the Roman period when a fort was built on the site. This was later replaced by a Norman motte-and-bailey castle in the 11th century, before undergoing several phases of expansion and renovation over the centuries. With each ruler ad owner adding their own style to the architecture, the Castle now has an abundance of various features.

Cardiff Castle's most notable additions were made by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart in the late 19th century. He hired the famous Victorian architect William Burges to transform the castle into a grand, Gothic Revival palace. Burges added opulent interiors with a number of impressive architectural features, such as the impressive Clock Tower where you can hear about the Black Tower tales. As well as the Arab Room, Barbican Tower and the stunning Banqueting Hall which holds elaborate carvings!

The Victorian gothic Castle also offers tours where you can visit the State Apartments where you can peak a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of the Castle's guests. Also, there is an impressive art gallery showcasing the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement and a temporary exhibition space which host different themes throughout the year!
This is definitely one of the coolest spots to discover!

Wartime Shelters
Any history buffs out there? Why don't you take a dive and discover the air raid shelters within the Castle tunnels? These bomb shelters were used during WWII and was estimated to hold 1800 people. 

You can see what the air raid shelter tunnels were like and hear what the sirens sounded from this bygone era. An unforgettable experience for visitors. 

Glorious Gardens
Don't forget to wander around Cardiff Castle's beautiful landscaped grounds and gardens! You'll find the Walled Garden and the Animal Wall, both of which were designed by Burges.
Did you know there's also a Roof Garden? It sits at the top of Bute Tower and was built around the 19th century in 1875! The garden was inspired by visits to Pompeii and was styled like ancient villas. With illustrated stories adorning the walls and a bronze fountain at its centre! 

The castle walls also offer spectacular panoramic views of the capital city and the surrounding countryside! Making it a fabulous spot for photography.

Cardiff Castle is no stranger to holding fantastic events. From welcoming music artists with music stages, like Rag 'n' Bone Man, Blondie, Sting, Bastille and more!
What music artist can say a castle was their music stage?!

Food & Drink
Feeling hungry? Cardiff Castle has all the food you need. Head to The Castle Cafe and nibble on fresh sandwiches, paninis or even jacket potatoes! 

If you live or work in Cardiff, you're entitled to the Cardiff Castle Key - which holds special extras for you and the family.

  • Discover the air shelter tunnels and castle grounds
  • Explore the beautiful castles and its history
  • A fantastic tourist attraction and one of the coolest spots in Wales
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March - October
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

November - February
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
Closed 25th - 26th December & 1st January

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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
Adults from £13.00
Kids (5-16) from £9.25
Seniors from £11.30
Under 5's: Free

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Yes, there is parking nearby.

Please use the city centre car parks or on-street meter parking.

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Contact Details

Castle Street
Glamorgan and Cardiff
CF10 3RB

Tel: 029 2087 8100

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