One of Wale's leading tourist attractions, the castle is situated in the heart of the City of Cardiff.
The castle you see today is the result of building work from the Roman Period up to the present day. Much of the castle was rebuilt during the 19th century by the 3rd Marquis of Bute, who employed William Burgess, a remarkable architect to transform the castle into a medieval fantasy castle with lavish interiors.
The tour of the interior of the castle is recommended as you will see the lavish, and some say eccentric design and artwork in the many rooms.
Unfortuately the rooms are not accessible to wheelchair users, although the castle grounds, tearooms, can be easily reached. There are toilets in the grounds.
The 12th century keep is still very much intact. The steps leading up to the keep were added in the 15th century
Opening times And Admission Prices
Open every day except 25 December, 26 December and 1 January
March - October: 9am - 6pm (last tour 5pm)
November - February: 9am - 5pm (last tour 4pm)
What to see and do
Allow at least 3-4 hours to take in everything there is to see at this amazing site.
An ideal visit
11am: Morning coffee in our new cafe Caffi'r Castell
11.30am -1pm: Start with the film presentation, then collect your audio guide, take in the views of the city from the roof-top terrace, walk the battlements to the Norman Keep. Explore a selection of the lavishly decorated rooms in the Castle Apartments at your own pace.
1pm - 1.30pm: Lunch in Caffi'r Castell
1.40pm: Take a guided tour of the Castle Apartments. (Premium Tour Ticket) The guided tour of the lavish Victorian Castle apartments, led by the highly knowledgeable castle guides, continues to be at the core of any visit to Cardiff Castle and lasts approx 50 minutes.
2:30pm: Finish tour, allow time to browse in the gift shop, relax in Castle grounds.
A family friendly visit
Children's Audio Tour
Baby changing facilities
Food and milk warming service in cafe
Highchairs in cafe
Pushchair access throughout the site