Group Visits and Travel Trade

There are 2,000 years of history to be found within the walls of the Castle - the perfect destination for your group. From VIP tours of some of the UK's finest Victorian interiors or a Clock Tower Tour, to tours with costumed guides of the Wartime Shelters or Medieval Keep, we will 'tailor-make' your group visit for you.  New this year, you can take a closer look at where BBC hit shows such as Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sherlock have been filmed on our Film Location Tour. And, we can add on options such as morning coffee, lunch packages or afternoon tea.

Please call us on 029 2087 8100 to discuss your group visit.


2017 Prices



Castle Ticket (for pre-booked groups of 20+)

A Castle Ticket enables your group to visit all the key parts of the site including the wonderful castle apartments, the Norman Keep, the Wartime Shelters, the Interpretation Centre with its film show and the personal audio guide to learn more about the grounds, battlements and Keep.


Add a House Tour (for pre-booked groups of 20+)

This ticket allows your group to enjoy all the elements of the Castle Ticket, as well as take a guided tour through additional rooms of the castle with an expert guide.


Castle admission is VAT exempt. Each group is allocated a free place for tour leader or coach driver for daytime admissions.

Please be aware that on certain days when there is a special event, there may be an additional charge to the published price. 


Guided Curator Tour

For groups with a particular interest in the fine and decorative arts and the work of architect William Burges, a guided tour with the Curator is the perfect way to discover more about the spectacular decoration of the Castle.

An illustrated talk is followed by the Curator's own guided tour of the Castle interiors. Allow at least 2 hours for this type of tour, plus additional time to explore the rest of the site.

Specialist Curator tours are available for pre-booked groups, at a cost of £30 per person including light refreshments.

Private tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Please contact us for further details on 029 2087 8100.


Helpful Tips

  • All elements of the visit can be done at your own pace, but specific times are given for the House Tour element of the ticket and Guided Curator Tour.
  • All group visits must be pre-booked and we recommend booking as far in advance as possible and certainly no less than 7 days ahead.
  • Average length of visit is 2-3 hours with a Castle Ticket and longer if a House Tour or Curator Tour is arranged.
  • The guided tour of the Castle apartments lasts approx 50 minutes.
  • Tours can be arranged from 8.30am daily.
  • Guided tours are available in English, Welsh, French or Spanish by prior arrangement. There is a maximum of 25 spaces on each tour, so larger groups will be split and allocated more than one tour.
  • The personal audio guides are available in 10 different languages: English, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Portuguese. In addition, there is a children's version in English and Welsh, a version using BSL and a version for sight-impaired visitors.

For more details on accessibility, please click here.


Welsh Banquets (7.30pm to 10pm)

Join us for an enchanting evening of Welsh hospitality and entertainment in the historic setting Cardiff Castle.

  • Welsh mead-tasting on arrival
  • 3 course dinner featuring local specialities plus wine and soft drinks during the meal
  • Selection of music and song, performed in English and Welsh, accompanied by a harpist
  • Hosted by a Master of Ceremonies with entertainers in traditional Welsh costume

Groups can also arrange an evening tour of the Castle Apartments before the banquet begins, for a small additional charge.

  • Welsh Banquets are available from 3 January - 30 November 2017,  Sun - Thurs every week, subject to minimum numbers.
  • Public: £45
  • Travel Trade: £40
  • Evening Tours: £5.00 (available only with a Welsh Banquet)

Download Welsh Banquets Menu


Coach Parking

There are drop-off points immediately outside the Castle offering easy access for coach parties. There are also coach parking facilities close by (nearest coach parks: Sophia Gardens and Civic Centre).