Cardiff Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Cardiff Castle

4 star Rating 4 / 5 3 reviews

Cardiff, Glamorgan and Cardiff, Wales

  • Outside view of Cardiff Castle
  • Boy in costume at Cardiff Castle
  • Dining room in Cardiff Castle

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Indoor and Outdoor

For over 2,000 years Cardiff Castle has housed the Romans, 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!

Begin with a tour of the grounds using an audio guide aimed at kids, with tales of prisoners held captive in the Norman Keep or the onslaught of enemy armies. You’ll spot the Roman-built walls and explore Wartime tunnels where more than 1,800 people used to hide as sirens rang out across the city. Kids will especially love trying on soldiers’ uniforms and holding an ancient musket.

Discover countless luxurious rooms in the main house on a guided tour and keep eyes peeled for the secrets left behind by William Burges, or for Banquo the earless dog who’ll kick kids off on the Animal Trail. Special events and workshops also feature frequently throughout the year including the daredevil Joust! performance, or an education in battle strategy during The Romans’ Return.

  • 2,000 years of history to explore
  • Guided and audio tours
  • Events and workshops including the daring Joust!


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Disabled Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


Castle Street, Cardiff, Glamorgan and Cardiff, CF10 3RB, Wales


Click here to visit Cardiff Castle's website
029 2087 8100

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

March - October
Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

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


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

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes

More Information

Pets allowed

Assistance/Guide Dogs only.

Guest suitability

Please note the Castle Apartments are not accessible by wheelchair or pushchair. This is the only place at the attraction that is not accessible. All other places are fully accessible. 

Parking facilities

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

Eating information

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 16:00


Check out the animal statues!

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by . 07.12.17

We came here for their annual cheese festival and had a great time. We sat out on the grass, had a bit of a nosy around the keep and obviously ate lots of cheese - best bit was looking at the funny animal statues along the front. They’re easy to miss though.

Loads to do!

5 star Rating 5 / 5

Written by lisaaao . 07.12.17

This is a must-visit if you’re in the Welsh capital, there’s so much to do! Climb the Norman Keep for amazing views over Cardiff (there’s 50 steep steps up, but so worth it), and the Firing Line museum has loads of great dress up and hands-on activities for kids. There’s also hawks and owls in the grounds too, and loads of spaces for a picnic – so definitely lots for a full day out. We’re already planning to go back for one of themed weekends too, we absolutely loved it!

Stunning castle

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by Worcester Wanderer . 07.08.17

Cardiff Castle is a great day out. There's lots to see and do. A large part of the displays are more suitable for adults though, so you'll have to be creative to keep young ones entertained for the whole visit.