Cardiff Castle, Castell Caerdydd, Cardiff

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Cardiff Castle, Castell Caerdydd, Cardiff

Castle/Historic House - Address: Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB

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Review of "Cardiff Castle, Castell Caerdydd, Cardiff"

published 19/07/2017 | ravingreviewer
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"Bread of heaven!"

Having visited Cardiff many a time over the last few years, it wouldn't be right to not visit the castle at least once or twice every couple of visits. Being situated right in the heart of the Welsh capital, it is easily accessible by all forms of transport both public and otherwise - there are numerous car parks within easy walking distances; many local bus services stop almost outside (or again within a short walking distance), and the coach and train stations are also within a good enough distance.

Originally a Roman fort believed to have been established in about AD50, it was rebuilt quite considerably during and after the Norman conquest with many further additions or alterations being done over the years. Having been passed through the hands of many wealthy families, in the mid 1760's came under the ownership of the Bute family who have been very influential in Cardiff and the surrounding outlying areas for many generations. Gifted to the city of Cardiff at some point during the early to mid 1900's, it was home to the National College of Music and Drama - and has since 1974 been open to the public for them to visit it and to marvel at its splendour and immense variety of history.

It is fairly obvious as to where the main entrance to the Castle actually is, and there is so much to see and do once you are in there. This ranges from taking a look along the wall of the Castle a lot of which is meant to be the original Roman offering; the Norman Keep with its fifty plus steps to reach; wartime shelters and the Firing Line which is the story of Welsh soldiers, and tours of the various residences and other important buildings which are all on site.

These important buildings however attract an extra payment which is all detailed below with the other costs for entering the site, and are the main house which was used by the Bute family; the Castle Apartments which are very Gothic in style and were perhaps used by those visiting the family including possibly dignitaries, and the Clock Tower - however the Clock Tower has a lot of steps in which to access it which can be very uneven in places, thus meaning it may not be suitable to those people who have a reduced mobility.

This leads nicely on to the subject of accessibility to the site for those people who may have some form of limited mobility or other lowered ability, by way of language or other disability. Some of the site as already noted is not suitable for some people owing to it uneven surfaces or the age of the site, meaning it is not possible to provide more level access such as lifts or ramps - but these people can still get a great deal from those parts in which they are able to do so.

There is an audio visual guide made available, and is available in English; Welsh; French; German; Spanish; Italian; Japanese; Russian; Mandarin Chinese, and Portuguese and also include a version in Welsh Sign Language. Guides for children in more simple terms are also available, and these can be provided in both Welsh and English along with a tour for those with a visual impairment also in both Welsh and English.

The prices for getting in to the site are as follows:

Castle Ticket (+ House Tour)

Adult £12.50 (+ £3.25)

Child (Aged 5 - 16)* £9 (+ £2)

Senior £10.95 (+ £2.75)

Student £10.95 (+ £2.75)

Adult Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) £37 (+ £8.40)

Senior Family Ticket (2 Seniors, 2 Children) £34 (+ £7.40)

Under 5s FREE

The above prices however are in addition to having to pay for the tour of the Castle Apartments, however to get details of this then you must contact the Castle Office itself to find out more. There is also an extra payment should you wish to have a tour of the clock tower which is £4.25 per person with concessions, however these tours are only on at weekends and bank holidays during the summer season (April to October).

And there is also a season ticket on offer which is £6 for adults and £3 for children which gives you free entrance to the castle for a year, but payment for the house and clock tours are separate and must be paid as an extra on top - this particular ticket is also not valid if there is a special event on, or if the majority of the Castle has been hired out by a third party (thus the Castle will more than likely be closed).

Apart from the 25th and the 26th of December and the 1st of January, the site is open all the year round - although there is a summer season which runs from April to October and a winter season which runs from October to April, whereby some of the timings may change somewhat. The castle opens at nine o'clock in the morning all year round, with apartment tours commencing at half past nine and house tours at ten (which then all run on the hour every hour until close pretty much). And the site closes at six during the summer and at five during the winter, with the last entrance fees being taken an hour beforehand (and audio guides half an hour before closing).

There is also a café on site which is open from nine o'clock in the morning until four o'clock in the afternoon, and serves most things from sandwiches and snacks to hot meals - through hot or cold drinks in between. And for those people who wish to buy something to keep as a momentum of their visit, there is also a gift shop that sells everything from postcards and stationary to books; crystalware and jewellery - which is open the same hours as the castle itself.

There is a lot of other information that people may also be interested to know about in relation to the castle that I have not made personal use of but will just mention anyway, which include the education centre which is mainly for schools but is also open for adults (more details on their website); the castle is also licenced for weddings and civil ceremonies; you can hire out rooms within the venue for parties and other corporate events, and the castle also links in on a number of occasions with other events that are held in and around Cardiff but it may well be worth your while checking online with this.

The contact and other details for the castle are as follows:

Cardiff Castle
Castle Street
CF10 3RB
United Kingdom 
Tel: (+44) 029 2087 8100
Fax: (+44) 029 2023 1417

All in all this is the most ideal place for those people who love history, in fact it is quite a good day out altogether! It is the sort of place that you can escape to and lose yourself for a few hours; pick up some cultural pointers, and buy a few top quality things at the same time. I have to say that for what it is, you don't actually have to pay over the odds as you do in so many other places - and so therefore, I will recommend it time and again to you.

Thanks for reading!

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  • Saraa23 published 01/09/2017
  • siberian-queen published 09/08/2017
    great review
  • BNibbles published 28/07/2017
    E. I realise must get off my backside and see more of Cardiff - even my local train from Bridgwater goes there!
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Castle/Historic House - Address: Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB

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Address: Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB

City: Cardiff

Type: Castle/Historic House


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