Discover Cardiff Castle, one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, the Castle has nearly 2,000 years of history just waiting to be explored. Travel back through time as you imagine times when, centuries ago, the Castle was first built. Unlock a network of underground tunnels that once served as air raid shelters during World War II.
A place of safety for thousands of Cardiff citizens, explore a modern-day reconstruction of the shelters, with room for around 2,000 people. Uncover the castle’s lavish interior, the work of eccentric late 19th century architect William Burges. Take a tour of the house to discover 10 spectacular rooms with expert guides who hold intimate knowledge of every nook and cranny.
Climb the long spiral staircase to the Clock Tower and Summer Smoking Room – a remarkable representation of Burges’ fertile imagination for elaborate, colourful interior design.
Look behind Cardiff Castle to find Bute Park, the green heart of the city. Explore a superb tree collection, natural play features, an education centre, three cafes, and a wealth of horticulture and wildlife.
Discover Blackfriars Friary, excavated in the late 19th century by the third Marquess of Bute and interpreted in Victorian brick to show the original building plan. Take in beautiful views of the castle as you relax by the water, or admire the Botanic Garden, whose plants and seeds were donated by staff at Kew Gardens. Head to Roath Park, which stands in a beautiful location at the centre of this busy capital city – a stunning sight at day and night. Visit the Roath Park Conservatory to view the variety of plants growing there and the wildlife that have made the conservatory their home.
Feed the fish and listen to the whistling ducks. Take an easy stroll around the bay across the Cardiff Bay Barrage towards Penarth Marina. Cycle along the flat tarmac pathway as you enjoy stunning views across the bay.