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Cardiff Castle front entrance

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is set in Bute Park and is right in the middle of Cardiff. Because of the restoration carried out when Cardiff was thriving on the riches from coal and steel it is seen nationally and internationally as a ‘must see’ destination.

A keep and hence a castle has been in existence for over 2000 years and so the opportunities for kids to learn about history is vast!

The rooms in Cardiff castle are called apartments and are fascinating to explore. Castle battlements are available for absorbing the atmosphere.

The castle was used as a shelter during the war and are interesting to visit and a museum dedicated to the Welsh soldier called the Firing Line worth visiting whether you are old or young.

It is worth noting that the castle frequently has monthly offers and kids get in free so its worth going on line or giving them a call to get the best from your visit.

Cardiff Castle

Banquets at Cardiff Castle

One of the more unforgettable ways of visiting the Castle is to take in a medieval banquet.

These are frequent occurrences but are especially fun at Christmas when there is a Christmas special on offer.

Inevitably the food is Welsh as is the entertainment. Hospitality is provided for by the Nosweithiau Bute-iful Nights, appropriate for its Bute park location.

The fun lasts for over two and a half hours and for around £40 you get a four-course meal and get to share a bottle of wine with your partner. Add £4.00 and you get a tour of Cardiff Castle thrown in.

The Christmas events are not as long with an 8.00 start and costs about 10-15% more at weekends.

For information and booking your Cardiff Castle Banquet, call 02920 878100.

You will need to book in advance!


Cardiff Castle Tickets and Entrance Costs

You can buy an ‘Essential Ticket’, which gives a guided tour, which includes

▪    Castle Apartments

▪    Norman Keep

▪    Battlement Walk

▪    Wartime Shelters

▪    Interpretation Centre plus short film show

▪    An audio guide recounting the history of the castle

▪    Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier: Firing Line

and a ‘Premium Ticket’ that has an additional 45-minute expert guided tour.


Essential Ticket Prices

Adult:                   £11.00

Child (5-16 years):         £8.50

Senior/Student:     £9.50

Family (2 +2):                £35.00

Family (2 + 3):      £42.00


Premium Ticket Prices

Adult:                   £14.00

Child (5-16 years):         £10.50

Senior/Student:     £12.00

Family (2 +2):                £45.00

Family (2 + 3):      £55.00

Ages 16 and under are required to be accompanied by an adult.


Cardiff Castle Opening Times

Cardiff Castle opening times vary according to the season.

March to October

Castle:                          9.00am – 6.00pm

Last admission: 5.00pm

Castle Apartments: 9.30am

First Premium Tour: 10am

November to February

Castle:                          9.00am – 5.00pm

Last admission: 4.00pm

Castle Apartments: 9.30am

First Premium Tour: 10am


Cardiff Castle – How To Get There

Cardiff Castle is easy to find by all means of transport.

If using a satellite navigation system use the post code as follows CF10 3RB.

Bus: Just 10 minutes away or buses X2, 96 & 96A stop outside Cardiff castle.

Train: Cardiff central train station is just 10 minutes away next to the bus station.

Waterbus: From Cardiff Bay, get off at Bute Park, then a 3-minute walk.

Pedestrian: Follow the many signs around the town.

Cardiff Castle Contact Details, Address, Postcode and Telephone Number

Cardiff Castle

Castle Street


CF10 3RB


Tel: 029 2087 8100


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