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Cardiff Castle

Located in the heart of the city centre, Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ most important cultural attractions. A rich history spanning 2,000 years is contained within its walls and fairytale-style towers.

A 12-sided medieval keep offering panoramic views across the city from a platform at its top is at the castle’s heart, but the site is also full of later additions that capture the imagination. Fabulous mock-Gothic features, including an extravagant banqueting hall and clock tower, were added during the Victorian era.

Up until 1947, when the castle was donated to the city, it was home to the Butes, the family responsible for turning Cardiff from a small town into the world’s biggest coal port.

The fascinating collection of buildings dotted around a central green with the shell keep, built in stone in 1135, and 13th century black tower the most conventional. A grand house was added about 300 years later but it had fallen into disrepair by the time the Butes acquired it a century later. Architect Henry Holland and his father-in-law, famous landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, were brought in to restore it to its former glory.

A 50-minute guided tour takes visitors on an amazing journey through time, via the fantastical clock tower and over-the-top bedroom of Lord Bute to the jaw-dropping banqueting hall, elaborate Arab room and indulgent Roman-style roof garden.

The castle is also home to a World War Two air raid shelter and the Firing Line, a small but compelling museum dedicated to Wales’ soldiers.


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Clayton Hotel Cardiff £50
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.

    The Angel Hotel £41
    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. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and St. David's Hall are also within 15 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 11 minutes.

      Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality £39
      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 away 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.

        Jurys Inn Cardiff £59
        Jurys Inn Cardiff

        Jurys Inn Cardiff

        Park Place, 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 New Theatre, Cardiff Castle, and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Principality Stadium and St. David's Hall are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cathays Station is 11 minutes.

          Hilton Cardiff £75
          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 St. David's Hall. Principality Stadium and Cardiff University are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 9 minutes by foot and Cathays Station is 11 minutes.

            Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre £56
            Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre

            Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre

            Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, Wales
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle are also within 10 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 8 minutes.

              ibis Cardiff £31
              ibis Cardiff

              ibis Cardiff

              Churchill Way, Cardiff, Wales
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Bay are also within 15 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street Station is only a 4-minute walk and Cardiff Central Station is 9 minutes.

                Novotel Cardiff Centre £56
                Novotel Cardiff Centre

                Novotel Cardiff Centre

                Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium are also within 1 mile (2 km). Cardiff Queen Street Station is 11 minutes by foot and Cardiff Central Station is 13 minutes.