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Cardiff Castle

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There's a huge amount of Welsh history packed into Cardiff Castle– around 2000 years in all. Learn about the castles Roman origins, underground secrets from World War II and climb the Great Clock Tower. Discover some history for yourself.

Start at the Interpretation Centre, where you can watch a film show that introduces you to the history of the castle, from its origins in Roman times to the astonishing Gothic transformation that took place here during the 19th century. It won’t take long for any children with you to find the dressing-up corner. No, dad, we don’t do full-size chain mail suits.

One of the many fascinating secrets of Cardiff that you unlock when you visit Cardiff Castle is the fact that there is a network of tunnels between the ground floor level and the battlement level that were used as air-raid shelters during World War II. There was room for around 2,000 people from the city centre and on weekends and holidays you can visit them with our ARP wardens.

The great Clock Tower Tour runs on weekends, where visitors climb the 101 steps up a spiral staircase to the Clock Tower and the Summer Smoking Room, which is a remarkable representation of Burges’ fertile imagination for elaborate, colourful interior design. It’s well worth the effort. 

Cardiff Castle is a hive of activity throughout the year, with all kind of events taking place. They have over 200 Welsh banquets every year, where visitors can enjoy a night of traditional Welsh food and entertainment.

Traditional events run most times of the year, such as Joust! a fantastic event, which takes place in the castle grounds on the third weekend in June. The whole place comes alive with medieval battle re-enactments, storytelling, minstrels and twice-daily jousting competitions.

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