Cardiff Castle enjoys a rich and complex history spanning 2000 years and sits at the heart of the city. From the arrival of the Romans in the 1st Century AD, through the Norman Conquest to the lavish Victorian Gothic Revival. In the 19th Century, through the joint vision of the famously rich 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect William Burges, each room was reimagined with an extravaganza of painted murals, intricate stained glass, imposing carved fireplaces and gilded ceilings. Also worth a visit is Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier - a permanent exhibition telling the story of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and the Royal Regiment of Wales over the last 300 years in a modern and interactive environment. The Castle Visitor Centre is free to enter and houses the city’s tourist information centre, a comfortable café, gift shop, and exhibition of the Roman wall remains. Want to explore the rest of the Castle? Paying visitors can collect an audio guide to discover the castle grounds, battlement walk and impressive Norman Keep. Cardiff Castle is open all year, guided tours of the apartments and other specialist tours are available. The Castle hosts a range of events throughout the year including historical displays, festivals, and outdoor theatre, cinema and concerts.
Cardiff Castle truly is the great bastion of all Welsh castles. I had been here on a couple of occasions before my latest visit and thought I knew what to expect, I was totally wrong! There is even more to see and do, than the last time I was here, and the new Keep Terrace Bistro is the perfect setting to break your visit before making your way downstairs to the Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier. Whether it's lunch you require or just a simple cake and coffee there is something on offer to satisfy any pallet. I would easily set aside three hours to see everything here within the castle, but, if you're like me and love to read everything you might want to make that four hours.