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.
Future Inns Cardiff Bay is a 10-minute drive from the city center and central train station, and 16 minutes from panoramic views from the tower of Cardiff Castle. It’s a 15 minutes’ walk to the Doctor Who Experience, and 20 to Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve and Mermaid Quay boat tours.
Located in the heart of Cardiff, this hotel is next to the St. David's shopping complex, including the flagship John Lewis store. Cardiff Castle and Millennium Stadium are both within 0.5 km.
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Castle, and Principality Stadium. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre, Cardiff University, and Cardiff Castle. National Museum Wales and Principality Stadium are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This hotel is within walking distance of Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum of Wales. It is a five minute walk from the new St. David's 2 Shopping Center and the Victorian and Edwardian arcades of Cardiff.