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South Wales Sights

Cardiff Castle

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  • Cardiff
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
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Updated 06/04/2014

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A higgledy-piggledy mishmash of styles, from austere Norman keep to over-the-top Victorian mansion, Cardiff Castle is an odd but beguiling place, located right in the middle of the city. Take the tour of the Victorian portion to discover the castle's exuberant side. William Burges (1827–81), an architect obsessed by the Gothic period, transformed the castle into an extravaganza of medieval color for the third marquess of Bute. The result was the Moorish-style ceiling

in the Arab Room, the intricately carved shelves lining the Library, and gold leaf murals everywhere. Look for the painting of the Invisible Prince in the Day Nursery; on first glance it's just a tree, but stare long enough and a man takes shape in the branches. Note the not-so-subtle rejection of Darwin's theory of evolution, represented by monkeys tearing up his book around the library's doorway. The vast grounds, which include beautiful rhododendron gardens and a habitat for owls and falcons, are sometimes the setting for jousting in summer.

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Sight Information


Castle St., Cardiff, CF10 3RB, Wales

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Sight Details:

  • £11, £14 with guided tour
  • Mar.–Oct., daily 9–6; Nov.–Feb., daily 9–5. Last admission 1 hr before closing

Updated 06/04/2014


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