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Norman Castle inside the Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle sited in the city center of Cardiff deserves a visit.
Do not hesitate to get a tour. I had done twice and still liked and always they do not show the same rooms.
One of the guides is very funny.
Norman Castle inside the Cardiff castle, go to the top, great views
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The Castle sits on a site where fortresses have been built back into the Roman days and the old foundations can still be seen in the castle walls in some places. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into a great coal exporting city and his son, the 3rd Marquess of Bute hired an eccentric architect, William Burgess, to restore and rebuild the family castle. He turned the interior into an extravagant and over the top replica of what they figured the middle ages at the Castle might have looked like. The Victorians didn’t do things by halves and the Marquess had money to burn. Each room has a special theme. It’s worth a look but prepare yourselves for an assault on the senses. Not all the rooms are opulently lavish, the library is actually very tasteful.
There's an admission fee of about 5 pounds, there's a castle keep on a mound and there's a tea room. They also hold medeival style banquets in the castle with traditional Welsh music and entertainment.
Cardiff Castle is a classic...
Cardiff Castle is a classic must-see activity. Apart from the medieval history kept in the beautiful keep of the castle, the residential house (designed by William Burges) which is inside the castle complex, is full of wit (and humour as well)
If you like Escher, you sure will like the Cardiff Castle.
Visit Cardiff Castle
Visit Cardiff Castle
Built in the last century on the walls of a Roman fort, by the 'Marquis of Bute'. The lower part of the walls are Roman stonework and are highlighted in pink stone. The grounds contain the remains of the keep of a Norman castle built in the 12th. century. Guided tours are available of the interior. It also houses the museum of the 'Welsh Regiment'.
There's a great view of the city from the top of the Norman Keep. Try to get in on a tour of the castle. There are some fascinating rooms inside. The castle also contains museums of 1st Queen's Dragon Guards and the Welsh Regiment.
This pic from the guide book is of my favourite room, the nursery. I loved the murals of childhood stories on the walls.
Visit the Welsh Regiment...
Visit the Welsh Regiment Museum in Cardiff Castle.
This is a very easy to miss museum right within the gatehouse of Cardiff Castle. Even if you have no interest in military history this a great place to pop in for a quick visit. The curator and staff are very willing to answer any questions that you have and describe each display in detail. The Welsh regiment is a telling history of the British Empire. They have been engaged in just about every famous battle that you can think of. From the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo to wars of the modern age, this regiment has been there. For visitors from the North America there is a great display in the War of 1812. The Welsh Regiment fought at Detroit, Quebec, Lundy's Lane, and Put-In-Bay on Lake Erie. It is real interesting to read the descriptions in the museum, which refer to the United States as the enemy. I had quite a laugh about this with one of the museum's experts. The picture is of the castle gate, which is drawn up within the museum. I caught my son peering through it.
Visit Cardiff Castle.
If you are into castles this is a great one to visit. The walls of the castle have been here since Roman times, and the keep since the Norman invasion of the 11th century. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore here. The truly unique thing about this castle is the more recent improvements to the castle residence structure. During the 1800's the Bute family of Scotland owned the castle and made many rather extravagant modifications to the castle. The result is a mind-boggling and eccentric display. The clock tower in particular is unbelievable. The only way to tour the residence is with a walking tour. You would not want to try to visit this place without a guide anyway because there is so much that needs a really good explanation. The rest of the castle can be explored on your own. If you are really lucky (and I mean really, really lucky) you'll visit the clock tower on just the right day and just the right time to see a neat site. As you walk up the circular staircase taking you to each level of the clock tower you'll notice a few blocks of marble situated in the wall just before you reach the top floor - The Summer Smoking Room. On very bright and sunny day, just as the sun is shining through the windows of The Summer Smoking room, a beam of light will hit the other side of the marble blocks and light up the staircase inside. Wales is typically very cloudy, so the sun rarely shines enough to create this effect. In fact, the tour guide we had was extremely giddy when we were there and this was happening because in all the time that she worked there, this was the very first time she had seen it happen.
I didnt actually do much apart from have a quick look without going in, but it looks impressive and its on my hit list for next time i am in cardiff
Visit the Castle.
There is an admission charge, but you can see into the castle grounds at the main gate if you dont wish to enter.
You can see the wonderful Millenium Stadium in the background and you can see how closely combined the Old is with the New.
Outside the castle walls
Outside the castle walls there are other things to see and different views.
In Bute Park is a well, the old mill stream , a bridge to the west wall.
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Cardiff Castle Clock Tower
This magnificent Clock Tower is a stunning edition to the castle. It was built between 1868 and 1875.
Inside Cardiff Castle
Be sure to take the tour inside the castle. The frescas within are definately a must see.
Not to mention you will gain an indepth knowledge of the castle's history from the friendly guides.
Another view of the rampart within Cardiff Castle
When you enter the castle ground, you will definately be distracted by this tower.
Be sure to check it out after your castle tour!!
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