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Cardiff Castle, Cardiff

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Explore 2,000 years of history at Cardiff Castle, built on a site first used by Roman invaders. The original fort constructed here was a rectangular structure much larger than the current castle, which was built during the Norman invasions of the late 1060s. Norman advance into Wales was often marked by the construction of castles, frequently on old Roman sites. Improved and expanded over the centuries, the castle is now a tourist attraction. Don’t miss a visit to the castle’s Firing Lane Museum of the Welsh Soldier, which is a joint regimental museum of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and the Royal Welsh. Check online for special events, including concerts, lectures, jousting demonstrations, and plays. Use our Cardiff road trip planner to arrange your visit to Cardiff Castle and other attractions in Cardiff.
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  • There's loads to do for a family with kids and the apartments are astounding and very memorable. Such a pity that the catering was dreadful. We'd hoped for some brunch but all they could offer at... 
    There's loads to do for a family with kids and the apartments are astounding and very memorable. Such a pity that the catering was dreadful. We'd hoped for some brunch but all they could offer at...  more »
  • Fantastic visit. The tour guide was informative and funny. He really knew his stuff while keeping it light hearted and funny. Lots of interesting facts and amazing rooms we were told we could take.....  more
    Fantastic visit. The tour guide was informative and funny. He really knew his stuff while keeping it light hearted and funny. Lots of interesting facts and amazing rooms we were told we could take.....  more »
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  • I visited Cardiff Castle when I came from Texas to Cardiff on 9-11-17. Prior to this trip, I had never been to the UK. I was in Wales for about a week. Cardiff was the closest city to where I was staying. When looking for things to do, there was plenty of guided tours to choose from. But I wanted to experience the beautiful city just as everyone else does, on foot. So I hopped on a bus from Barry to Cardiff. I had seen a brochure for the Castle at the hotel I was staying at. And I quickly decided to add it to my mental to do list. As I was walking down St. Mary St. I had seen and visited many things. Then at the end of the street, I see this beautiful structure. Yes, it was Cardiff Castle. I approached the entrance and purchased my ticket. I then turn and look across the Castle green at the brilliant looking Norma Keep. Then two my left, the actual Castle. There was so much to see. It was a bit of a visual overload. So I visited the gift shop to see what keepsakes I could purchase as well to see if there is a castle guide. To give me a starting point. I did find that there was guided tours that took you around the Castle and they most likely gave you information that you would not be able to find out on your own. But I decided to venture out on my own. I made myself a starting point and off I went. I had seen so much. It seemed like I had visited every square inch I was able to visit that day. But I’m sure there was more that I wasn’t able to see because I wasn’t part of a tour. Regardless, it is such a beautiful place and full of so much history. I highly recommend a visit when it re-opens and we are back to somewhere close to normalcy. I loved it so much that I could go back again and again. Well worth every penny spent.
  • Very beautiful place. Lovely grounds. Weather was perfect which went in our favour. The staff were very helpful and they were around if you needed anything. Great value for money. Loved it

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