From Roman fort to Victorian palace, a trip to Cardiff Castle will take you on a journey through over 2,000 years of Welsh life. Walk through the rooms where soldiers have slept, knights have held court, nobility has entertained and civilians have sheltered to discover a whole lot of history.
Built on top of a 3rd century Roman fort, the original castle was made of motte and bailey and built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders. The castle you see today in the heart of the city is the result of extensive remodelling in the 19th century by art-architect William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. With extraordinary wealth and vision, they transformed the castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy, complete with opulent interiors, breathtaking murals, stained glass windows and plenty of gilding. Discover the remains of a Roman wall, climb to the top of the medieval Keep, delve down into the wartime shelters and take in the gothic fantasy of the castle apartments, you’ll find plenty to explore within the grounds of this castle. Want to make the most of your day at the castle? You’ll find a Premier In hotel just around the corner, waiting to get your day of discovery off to a great start.