The castle has been there for nearly 2,000 years, dating from the the Romans in the Ist century AD. After the Norman Conquest the Castle's Keep was built, and a number of Medieval fortifications and dwellings followed. In 1865 the 3rd Marquess employed architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each breathtaking room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens, and Italian and Arabian decoration.As well as visiting the spectacular interiors, visitors can enjoy the Castle grounds, where peacocks, ducks and geese wander freely, and enjoy a break in the Castle Tea Rooms . Finally, a visit to the gift shop at the main entrance where you can spend all your money :-)
Open 9.30am to 4.30pm
Children and seniors: £3.15
Getting there : From junctions 29,32 and 33 of the M4 follow signs to Cardiff city centre. You are within easy walking distance of car parks, Cardiff Queen Street and Central Stations.
If you'd like to sample a bit of local cuisine while in Cardiff, one of the things that's specifically local to the Cardiff area is Clark's Pies. A Clark's Pie is basically a meat pie in shortcrust pastry made locally to a local recipe. These can be found in almost any fish and chip shop within 20 miles of Cardiff. I think they taste pretty much the same as any other meat pie, but they are technically a regional delicacy so eating one is almost as much of a tourist must-do thing as visiting Cardiff Castle!
Cardiff hosted in 1999 the Rugby world Cup Final at the new Millennium Stadium.
It is very impressive from outside so I guess it has to be from inside. I am afraid I never been, but I know there are tours for 5 pounds adults, check at web site
"The Fortress of the Legion"
The name Caerleon literally stands for 'The Fortress of the Legion' in Welsh, and the present day town stands on the archaeological remains of the Roman Legionary Fort of Isca.
It was one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire and was the home of the 2nd Augustan Legion, housing 6000 soldiers, horsemen, an amphitheatre, baths, shops and temples.
Today it is the most varied and fascinating Roman site in Britain offering a host of attractions such as the Fortress Baths, The Roman Legionary Museum, the Amphitheatre and the Barracks.
Best place to park is in the centre of town outside the Roman Baths museum.
From there you can make your way up the road past the tourist information centre to the excellent Roman Legionary Museum.
A short walk west takes you to the Roman Amphitheatre and Barracks.
After the sightseeing, why not stop for a bite to eat in the Priory opposite the baths or a little down the road in the delightful courtyard of The Ffwrrwm, or the historic Hanbury Arms on the banks of the river Usk.
about 12 miles NE of Cardiff, Caerleon is best visited by car though there is also an open topped sightseeing bus service operating out of Newport which visits all the main sights in the Newport-Caerleon area. There are very frequent trains and buses from Cardiff to Newport - so why not make a day of it!
Check out my Caerleon page for further details.
CAERLEON ROMAN FORTRESS (Isca)
Caerleon often referred to as the ‘city of the legions’ was the site of the Roman Fortress of Isca. It was the permanent home of the Legio II Augusta, named after the emperor Augustus who had raised or possibly reformed the second legion. The site was first occupied c 75AD by Sextus Julius Frontinus who had been instructed by Emperor