Spend an afternoon at Cardiff Castle and discover one of the best preserved castles in the United Kingdom. This medieval fortress is a popular tourist attraction with both young and old visitors and brings together history and architecture in the heart of Wales.
In addition to its regular visiting hours, the castle also hosts a varied programme of special events and exhibitions throughout the year, and is within easy reach of hotels in Cardiff and other notable attractions.
Explore the grounds at Cardiff Castle
The castle grounds date back more than 2000 years. The site was originally home to a Roman fort. After the Norman Conquest, Cardiff Castle was rebuilt as a medieval fortification that passed hands between several noble families over the course of its history.
The castle's most notable owners, the Bute Family, play a particularly significant role in its preservation. The 3rd Marquess of Bute took on an ambitious project to transform the castle's lodgings and upgrade the interiors. With the help of architect William Burges, the Butes transformed Cardiff Castle into a lavish family home.
Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family donated the castle to the City of Cardiff. The National College of Music and Drama occupied the space until 1974, when Cardiff Castle was opened as a tourist attraction. It remains one of the most popular days out with visitors in Wales to this day.
Modern amenities near Cardiff Castle
This hotel in Cardiff City Centre puts popular attractions like Cardiff Castle within easy reach. After an exciting day of exploring the city, retreat to the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff and take advantage of modern amenities and spacious hotel rooms. Guests can also benefit from the on-site restaurant and fitness centre, making this hotel the perfect base to discover the best of Cardiff.