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- Cardiff Castle
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- United Kingdom
- The Normans
- 1000AD - 1099AD
about Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle is a medieval complex comprised of a range of styles and with a diverse history. With its good access to the sea, the site of Cardiff Castle was first home to a succession of Roman forts, initially built in the mid first century AD.
In the eleventh century, the Normans built first a timber then a stone castle on the site of the Roman fortifications. The shell of the stone keep can still be seen and entered by visitors today and the reconstructed Roman wall is also visible.
Over the centuries, several aristocratic families - including the incredibly wealthy Butes - came to own Cardiff Castle, many of whom added to the complex. Under the Victorians, Cardiff Castle was expanded and renovated, creating a luxurious and grand complex with lavish, themed rooms adorned with incredible artwork and architectural features, all designed by famous architect William Burges.
Today, visitors can tour Cardiff Castle’s opulent apartments. Also located at Cardiff Castle is the military museum of the Royal Regiment of Wales as well as pretty gardens to enjoy.
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Address: Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 8100
By car, direct the sat nav to postcode CF10 3RB. For train/bus, site is located 10 min. walk from Cardiff Central Station and buses X2, 96 and 96a stop at the site.
Open daily 9am-5pm (to 6pm March-Oct). Last entry 1 hour before closing. Closed 25-26 Dec and 1 Jan. Entry costs £10.50/£13.50 for adults (Essential/Premium Ticket – the latter inc. guided tour of Castle Apartments), £7.95/£10 for ages 5-16, £9/£11.50 for students/seniors.
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