Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Beautifully ornate pleasure palace built by the Victorian architect William Burges.
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  • cary z
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    QOTSA Event
    Entrance and exit were as expected queues moved quickly and safely, this is a pretty venue and all looked well organised. The band and sound quality were great. Some feedback for the organisers Orchard Live, the cider was £8 which is pretty steep compared to Eden project which was £5.50. The merchandise which i know venues tend take a percentage of was very expensive £110 for a hoodie was extortionate the most I've ever seen them for is £80 in London. Expect to come back very dirty the floor of the venue is dirt.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Amber
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great location for concerts!
    We visited Cardiff Castle for a concert last night and had the best time! Alongside the artists themselves being incredible, the organisation of the event was great and the venue was a beautiful location for a gig! The portaloos were easily accessible (no queuing either!!) and there were many bar staff working that evening which made accessing drinks very quick and efficient! Although all tickets were standing, there was sufficient room for everyone to be stood without overcrowding and there were less busy areas further from the stage where it was easy to sit on the floor/picnic blankets etc which I thought was a great alternative for those not wanting to stand for the entire show! I have no negatives to speak of and I will be recommending to anyone that they should attend an upcoming concert/event at the Castle if they are able to!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 June 2023
  • jamesdean25745
    Okehampton, United Kingdom258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely entertaining and incredible
    The reception staff were the first point of contact and they were both helpful and a fountain of knowledge. If you then decide to go on the guided bus tour, you can use your castle tickets to get a discount. We had just missed joining the guided tour and were having to wait an hour till the next one. We went to the cafe which was disappointing with the staff standing around and not proactively helping in advising that you order and pay at one counter and collect your order at another. The seats were badly stained and someone should consider the impression it gives to visitors from around the world. During the pre-tour break, a visit to the Firing Line Museum presented a fascinating insight into Welsh military engagements and deserved more time than was spent there. The staff were clearly "old school" and it was a tonic talking to them about their previous service life - great ambassadors. The House Tour was fantastic and the guide made the delivered facts both entertaining and interesting despite the fact it was her first tour delivery.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Nichole C
    Denver, Colorado40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    You get a lot for your money. We paid the couple extra pounds for the guided house tour and we're really glad we did. The guide provided a lot of information on the history of the castle, the family, the region, and the house. The guided tour also takes you to more areas of the house than are otherwise accessable. After the guided portion - we enjoyed walking along and in the walls, the walk up the many steps to and in the the keep, along the Roman wall, and the military museum downstairs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Sian O
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful venue, some points need consideration
    As a venue for a concert, Cardiff Castle is lovely, especially as The Lumineers had a runway which provided great photo ops as the sun set. The whole evening regarding the concert was fantastic but I have to raise some other issues. The people checking tickets were polite and friendly but my concern is with Security. I was not physically checked which meant I could have hidden something about my body and my handbag was only glanced into. I voluntarily emptied my bag but the security guard insisted it wasn't necessary. Still, I showed her all the contents and pointed out the inner pockets but all she was concerned about was the camera! I could have, again, hidden anything in there. I told her twice I'd read the t's & c's and cameras were allowed but she refused to listen. Eventually somebody decided it was ok. My other concern was the lack of exits. Two were listed as the Emergency Exit but given the time it took fans to leave, I have no idea how an emergency evacuation would be dealt with. I attend many concerts at different venues and I've never had security concerns until now.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • LizGentry_1
    London, United Kingdom45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting but choose your parking carefully and aim for a dry weather day.
    We really enjoyed our trip to Cardiff Castle today even though the weather was awful. There had clearly been a big event which was taking up most of the grounds, but as the weather was bad this didn’t really impact us as we avoided being outside as much as possible. We did think it was a little pricey for what it was, but still had a great time and learned a lot. I wasn’t quite sure why so many people asked to see our tickets at so many different points, but this is really just an observation than a criticism. Everyone we spoke to was really pleasant and helpful. The website directs you to an NCP car park called Westgate Street parking - I wouldn’t use this again if you paid me. It was vile and incredibly expensive. Totally appreciate this isn’t related to the castle, but our advice would be to avoid this at all costs - definitely find somewhere else. We would love to return in nicer weather and have a proper walk around the area, grounds and animal wall.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Gary W
    Richmond, Australia871 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Photo Opp
    Impressive castle near the town centre. It had the scaffolding from the previous night's Tom Jones concert. Did not take the tour as it was 20 pound each which was a bit pricey.There is a café and seating on site. Good photo opportunities.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Liv
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An American in Wales!
    My first time in Wales and I spent a few days in Cardiff so I had to check out the castle. I visited on Saturday morning and paid for the first house tour of the day! It was so worth it, our tour guide Henry (The 9th) was so knowledgeable and could answer any questions I had, and I had quite a few!! He made me feel very welcome and overall made the visit to the castle a very pleasant experience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 August 2023
  • BwydGloriousBwyd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour of a beautiful castle!
    My partner arranged for us to take the private "connoisseur tour" of the castle this afternoon, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it - it was brilliant! Our tour guide Brian was lovely and friendly, and so enthusiastic about the history of the castle and its residents over the years. His genuine passion for the castle's history made the tour really engaging and fun. Brian had the answers to all of our questions and showed us around some incredible rooms within the 3 towers, the Georgian wing and more - and it was great to see some of the rooms that wouldn't usually be accessible to the public. The victorian decor and elaborate carvings and furnishings are stunning - every room is more beautiful than the last! A huge thanks to Brian for a fascinating afternoon learning all about the castle's Roman and Norman origins all the way through to the present day. 10/10!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Franzdorette
    Jeffreys Bay, South Africa279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to a castle that is just, different
    Cardiff Castle is a true gem! From the moment I stepped through its impressive gates, I was transported back in time. The rich history and stunning architecture are awe-inspiring. Exploring the beautifully landscaped grounds and the opulent interiors of the castle itself was a treat. The knowledgeable guides added depth to the experience with their engaging stories. Don't miss the breathtaking views from the top of the Norman Keep! Cardiff Castle is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone seeking a glimpse into Wales' past. It exceeded my expectations in every way.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
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Rick
Merida, Mexico42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Interesting museum, knowledgeable guides and beautiful rooms, library etc. climbing the “keep” gives you a beautiful view, but not recommended if you have any mobility issues.
Written 17 May 2024
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FyingKiwi
Christchurch, New Zealand1,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A really great surprise. This castle is not like most castles. It has walls and a tower that you can climb, and a very interesting history. However, there are not a lot of rooms to explore, neither is there a lot of signage, but it does offer one the ability to walk inside the walls, in part, accompanied by what it was like to be in a bomb shelter during a bombing raid.
There is also a pleasant picnicking area to relax in or simply enjoy the treats of the café.
A very pleasant castle to visit.
Written 10 May 2024
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drpclarke
North Carolina295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place is worth a visit. No, it's not another Windsor Castle, but it's definitely a wonderful place to visit, especially the apartments (that was a surprise)!

You can climb up to the castle keep. Be warned that the steps are pretty steep, and I don't think I'd climb up if it had been raining.
Written 8 May 2024
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Sue
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Beautiful castle, fabulous walk and views.
Also a very interesting military museum.

The cafe here is not great though (would benefit from a good clean as seats are stained and tables grubby) so bear that it mind if you want to eat.
Written 7 May 2024
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paul mabs
Paignton, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Love this place 🤩 going again may be around Xmas The castle is finished it's a good full day to see all the castle.To go inside will cost 12 pounds
Written 7 May 2024
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DeeBee
18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The location is gorgeous but for the price I thought the tour was a little lacking. Having to pay an additional fee to go up the tour was a bit much and should be included in the initial ticket.

The castle itself is impressive and the staff a re friendly.
Written 6 May 2024
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Pauline H
Falmouth, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We visited the castle and did the house tour. Our tour guide Gareth made the experience fun and informative. He was very knowledgeable and had lots of interesting facts about the house and family. Lots of steps up to the roof garden but worth the effort. The tour length was just right. Throughly recommend a visit here and if Gareth is your guide you are in for a very nice time.
Written 5 May 2024
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Karendm7
Manchester, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
One hour tour over the house. Really fabulous guide Gareth was very friendly and we learned a lot about the heritage and spectacular architecture of the house and the family who owned it. Thoroughly recommend
Written 4 May 2024
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Mark D
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Guided tour of the castle with Gareth who was very knowledgeable and friendly.

The castle is very interesting with an array of beautifully decorated room and a history dating back 2,000 years.

For those with impatient kids, the tour is relative short, just less than an hour.
Written 4 May 2024
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HelenWanderlust
Singapore, Singapore2,261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
We had an experienced guide who gave our tour group a fascinating private tour and lead us through the upper rooms of the 2000 year old castle with remains from Roman, Norman and Victorian times. The extravagant rooms are extraordinary ornate and oppulent in decor, with ceilings guilded in gold and pictures of animals which John 3rd Marquess of Bute had decorated. We marvelled at the gorgeous roof top garden, library, advanced toilet facilities and small bed which John the third had. It is gratifying that John the 5th donated the Castle to Cardiff. We climbed up to the Keep for a lovely panaromic view of Cardiff.
Highly recommended to visit one of the oldest castle in Wales.
Helen
Written 3 May 2024
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