- Free entry with National Art Pass.
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Cardiff Castle is one of Wales's greatest greatest heritage sites, a medieval fortress and Gothic Revival mansion boasting almost 2,000 years of history.
Archaeological surveys suggest that the Cardiff Castle site was first used by Roman legions as early as AD54, following the defeat of the Silures. Around AD1100 the Normans appropriated the site for the construction of a stronghold, and more recently Lord Bute - Britain's richest man in 1868 - commissioned architect William Burges to transform the castle into a Neo-Gothic palace.
Visitors to the castle can explore the Norman Keep, the Battlement Walk, the Wartime Shelters and a range of lavishly decorated rooms in the Castle Apartments. Guided tours are given by costumed guides, and the recently opened Interpretation Centre brings the castle's extraordinary history to life.
Art Funded works
The castle is home to an array of furniture and images by William Burges and his studio, including a walnut games table, a side table designed for the smoking room, and a watercolour painting showing Burges's concept for the castle's clock tower. A walnut Gothic Revival wardrobe by JS Chapple complements Burges's designs.
Caffi'r Castell, the castle's café, is open 9am – 4pm and offers spectacular views from its terrace. Families visiting the castle can enjoy a free family trail and a stay-and-play area for children.