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NEW - Black Tower Tales at Cardiff Castle

“Welsh Robin Hood’s” story told in new immersive attraction at Cardiff Castle.

Local Welsh hero Llywelyn Bren’s medieval struggle against the oppressive Sherriff of Glamorgan is the subject of ‘Black Tower Tales,’ a new immersive family attraction at Cardiff Castle.

The great-grandson of Ifor Bach, Llywelyn Bren rallied the locals and led an uprising against the cruel regime of the English Sherriff. It was this fight for the rights of his fellow countrymen that would lead to Llywelen’s imprisonment and murder in the very spot where, more than 700 years later, his dramatic story is now being re-told.

Narrated by the evil Sherriff, Payne de Turberville with the help of his dungeon master Geraint the Gruesome, and the rats living in the depths of the tower, ‘Black Tower Tales’ brings this turbulent period of Welsh history to life in a thrilling, dynamic experience.

Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Cllr Peter Bradbury said: “Cardiff Castle is renowned for the magnificence of its Burges designed rooms, but as dramatically demonstrated in the ‘Black Tower Tales,’ its history goes back much further.

“Llywelyn Bren was in some ways a Welsh Robin Hood, fighting for the rights of his countrymen in the face of an oppressive local Sherriff. His imprisonment and execution is one of the Castle’s darker tales – a real horrible history – and the hope is that by telling his story in the ‘Black Tower Tales’ we can help visitors better understand this period of Wales’s national history.”

Admission to the ‘Black Tower Tales’ costs £4.00 for adults and £3 for children (on top of a Castle Key, or general admission ticket – £12.50 adult, £9 child, £10 concessions, Under 5s FREE).

Cardiff Castle is open from 10am – 4pm (Mon-Thurs) and 9am – 5pm (Fri-Sun).