Step inside Cardiff Castle and discover the history and splendour of Wales' leading heritage attraction.
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital. At once a Roman fort, Norman stronghold and Victorian Gothic masterpiece, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairy-tale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.
The Castle you see today, in the heart of the capital city, is at once a Roman fort, an impressive Norman castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace, created for one of the world’s richest men.
In the nineteenth century, art- architect William Burges created a medieval dream-world for the 3rd Marquess of Bute; the results are simply breath-taking with opulent interiors rich with gilding, elaborate wood carving, murals and stained glass. For the ultimate Victorian medieval dream world, see the spectacular fairy-tale apartments, rich with murals, gilding and elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble.
With the exposed Roman Wall to view, the medieval Keep to climb and the atmospheric Wartime Shelters to explore, make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit.
Must See and Do
- Take a House Tour to see more of the fabulous Castle Apartments
- Collect a FREE Audio Guide
- Panoramic views from the top of the Norman Keep
- Atmospheric Wartime Shelters
- Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
- A range of specialist tours are also available including Clock Tower Tour, Film Location Tour and exclusive private Connoisseur Tours.
For an unforgettable evening of Welsh hospitality, join us for a Welsh Banquet – the best of Welsh entertainment, food and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts. Mead tasting on arrival, 3 course dinner featuring local specialities, traditionally costumed entertainers and a harpist. Join in the hwyl!
March – October
Sun – Sat: 09:00 – 18:00
November – February
Sun – Sat: 09:00 – 17:00
By car: from M4, exit junction 32 and follow the A470 to Cardiff city centre. Please use the city centre car parks or on-street meter parking. Cardiff Castle postcode is CF10 3RB – OS reference: ST 180 766
By train and bus: Cardiff Central Station is located just 10 minutes’ walk away. For more details of public transport, see Traveline website www.traveline-cymru.info or call 0871 200 22 33. An Aquabus service is available from Cardiff Bay www.cardiffwaterbus.com and stops at Bute Park, only 3 minutes’ walk from the Castle entrance. By bike: nearest cycle route NCR8 passes through the Civic Centre, only 2 minutes’ ride from the Castle entrance. On foot: look for the finger post signs around the city centre. The Castle entrance is on the junction of Castle Street and High Street. By air: Cardiff International airport is 23 km or 15 miles away. Take bus X91 from the airport to city centre.