Cardiff Castle, UK
Being more than 2000 years old, Cardiff Castle has become one of the most notable sightseeing highlights of Wales. In case you spend some time in Cardiff, it is almost impossible to pass the castle by since it is located in the very center of the city. There is plenty to see and do in the castle so pay a visit – it won’t disappoint you.
Cardiff Castle History
First evidences of a castle built on the site date back to 50 AD when there could have been a Roman fort. When the Normans conquered the land, the site of a former fort was used to build a new castle consisting of inner and outer wards. Many families and significant persons inhabited the castle, one of them even being the richest man on earth in the 1860s – John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute. He was also the one who transformed many of the parts of the castle adding some gothic towers and notably enriched the interior creating special themes for each of the rooms. After the death of John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, his son kept supplementing the castle and implemented many of the restoration plans his father made. After the death of 4th Marquess of Bute, the family decided that it is better to give the castle away so it became the property of the city.
Cardiff Castle Tour
Keep in mind that the experience in Cardiff Castle exceeds more than just seeing the rooms and walking around the garden. The castle also provides visitors with different lecture series and tours led by specialists (curators) and can even book a Welsh banquet. Basically, it means that if you are looking for more profound experience – Cardiff Castle has lots to offer as well.
The castle is open for visitors from 9 am to 6 pm. Essential adult ticket costs £11.00, child – £8.50, senior/student – £9.50 and family ticket – from £35.00 to £42.00. Essential ticket includes: selection of castle apartments, Battlemen walk, Wartime shelters, interpretation center with film show, The Norman Keep, Audio Guide, Cardiff Castle Museum of Welsh Solder and entrance to the café. For additional price premium tickets are available including exclusive tour.