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Cardiff Castle, Cardiff: 60 reviews and 153 photos
Cardiff Castle was built on what was originally a Roman fort probably dating back to 50AD, remains of a Roman wall can still be seen today. The Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766 it was passed onto the Bute family, the 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the Worlds greatest coal export port. The 3rd Marquess of Bute was reputed to be the richest man in the World at the time and was responsible for the lavish decorations which adorn the state rooms. Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family decided to give the Castle and its' surrounding parkland to the City of Cardiff.
The state rooms are magnificent & not to be missed. There is also a new addition to the Castle - an interpretation centre which opened in June 2008, it offers a great start to your visit where you can take in an exhibition and film presentation or relax in the coffee shop after you've walked your socks off!!
If you walk past the Castle entrance towards Bute Park (away from the shopping centre) you can see a series of stone carved animals along the Castle walls. (see last two pics). These used to scare the life out of me when I was younger & on a day trip to the big City!!
Address: Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 2RB
Directions: Next to the Civic Centre and Shopping Arcades
Phone: +44 (0)29 20 878100
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