Cardiff Castle is one of Wales's 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.

In episode six of our new podcast Meet Me at the Museum, Lloyd Langford visits Cardiff Castle.


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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, while the Interpretation Centre brings the castle's extraordinary history to life.

Cardiff Castle

Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB

029 2087 8100

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Opening times

1 Mar – 31 Oct, 9am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Nov – Feb 9am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Free entry with National Art Pass

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