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Cardiff Castle

A fortified tower from the 12th century, World War II tunnels and Welsh military history make a fascinating day out at this magnificent castle.

Cardiff Castle is a medieval stronghold and Victorian Gothic mansion with approximately 2,000 years’ worth of history. The magnificent structure was built on the site of a Roman fort and a Norman castle and during its existence also served as a home, a concert venue and a World War II shelter.

Start your exploration of the castle at the Interpretation Centre and watch the short film presentation about the stronghold’s history.

Then go on the House Tour, a 50-minute guided tour that runs on the hour and takes in some of the sumptuous and richly decorated rooms. These include the Winter Smoking Room and Lord Bute's bathroom and bedroom. The Bute noble family owned the castle for nearly 200 years, from 1776.

Climb up the steep stone steps to investigate the 12-sided Norman keep. The original fortified tower was constructed around 1091, while the structure you see today dates back to the 12th century.

Venture into the tunnels, which were used as air-raid shelters during World War II and housed kitchens, bunks and toilets. Peruse more war accounts at the castle’s museum. Exhibits commemorate over 300 years of the serving history of Welsh regiments, including their time at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and recent missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Among the other highlights of a visit to the castle are the remains of the Roman wall and a replica of a 13th-century siege engine.

Find the castle in the center of the city, about a 10-minute walk from Cardiff Central Station. For drivers, there’s metered street parking nearby. Alternatively, use the Park and Ride service. There are three sites, each one running bus services to and from the center.

Cardiff Castle is open daily except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Admission charges apply with discounts for students, senior citizens and children aged between 5 and 16 years. Younger children get in for free. Note that the House Tour has a small supplementary charge.


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Clayton Hotel Cardiff $67
Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

St Mary Street, Cardiff, Wales
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Principality Stadium, Cardiff Bay, and Cardiff Castle. National Museum Cardiff and Cardiff University are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cardiff Central Station is only a 3-minute walk and Cardiff Queen Street Station is 11 minutes.

    Future Inns Cardiff Bay $70
    Future Inns Cardiff Bay

    Future Inns Cardiff Bay

    Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Butetown, this hotel is steps from Doctor Who Exhibition and Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Wales Millennium Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cardiff Bay Station is 7 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 26 minutes.

      Hilton Cardiff $84
      Hilton Cardiff

      Hilton Cardiff

      Kingsway, Cardiff, Wales
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cardiff City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Arcade, Cardiff Castle, and New Theatre. St. David's and St. David's Hall are also within 5 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Cathays Station is 10 minutes.

        The Royal Hotel Cardiff $60
        The Royal Hotel Cardiff

        The Royal Hotel Cardiff

        88 St Mary Street, Cardiff, Wales
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. David's Hall and Principality Stadium. Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cardiff Queen Street Station is 11 minutes.

          Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff
          Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff

          Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff

          Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff, Wales
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Bay, and Cardiff Castle. Principality Stadium and St. David's Hall are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Central Station is 5 minutes by foot and Cardiff Queen Street Station is 8 minutes.

            Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality $56
            Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality

            Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality

            Bute Terrace, Cardiff, Wales
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is steps from Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David. Capitol Shopping Centre and St. David's Hall are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 7 minutes.

              Hotel Indigo Cardiff $86
              Hotel Indigo Cardiff

              Hotel Indigo Cardiff

              Dominions Arcade Queen Street, Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is steps from Queen Arcade, St. David's, and St. David's Hall. Cardiff Castle and New Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 11 minutes.

                The Angel Hotel $71
                The Angel Hotel

                The Angel Hotel

                Castle Street, Cardiff, Wales
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium. St. David's Hall and St. David's are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 11 minutes.