Specialist Tours

Delve a little deeper and take one of our specialist tours to find out more about this amazing historic site.


House Tour

Upgrade your Castle ticket and add a 50 minute tour of the House with one of our expert guides to your visit. The tour will take you to some of the fabulous interiors in the Castle Apartments including The Winter Smoking Room, The Nursery, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and the Roof Garden.

The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.

Availability: Daily, on the hour from 10am – 5pm (March - October), 10am – 4pm (November – February)

Cost: £3.25 per person (concessions apply) in addition to a Castle admission ticket, Castle Key or Season Ticket. 

 


Connoisseur Tour

For a truly exclusive visit, take a private tour of the Castle Apartments with your own personal guide who will give you a further insight into the Castle’s exquisite decoration and the powerful personalities that transformed the Castle in the nineteenth century. The tour also includes a visit to the spectacular rooms in the Clock Tower. Please note there are many steep and uneven steps on this tour.

The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes

Availability: By arrangement on 029 2087 8100

Suitable for groups of 2- 8 people (minimum of 2 paying guests)

Cost: £26.95 per person including tea or coffee and Welsh cakes after the tour and a souvenir guidebook.

 


 

Behind the Scenes Tour

A closer look at some of the nooks, crannies and remarkable rooms in the house not normally open to the public. Please be aware there will be some steep steps on this guided tour.

Private tours can be arranged on 029 2087 8100, minimum of 4 paying guests.

Tickets: £12.50 per person


 

Curator Tour (groups only)

Castle Curator, Matthew Williams, is the foremost expert on Cardiff Castle and can provide your group with an unrivalled perspective on the history of the Castle, the amazing decoration and influence of Lord Bute and genius art- architect William Burges. The Curator Tour begins with an illustrated talk before your group is taken on an in-depth tour around the apartments.

The tour lasts approximately 2 hours

Availability: By arrangement on 029 2087 8100

Suitable for groups of up to 40 people (minimum of 20 paying guests)

Cost: £30 per person including tea or coffee and Welsh cakes after the tour.


 

Clock Tower Tours

The Clock Tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Cardiff. Within the tower are some of the most stunning rooms in the Castle. Follow your guide up the spiral staircase from the Winter Smoking Room to the breath-taking Summer Smoking Room. Please note there are many steep and uneven steps on this tour and may not be suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

The tour lasts approximately 30 minutes and will run regularly on weekends and bank holidays throughout the summer season (April – October)*.

Tickets can be booked on arrival at the Castle Ticket Office, or in advance on 029 2087 8100. Please call for further information or to check availability of tours.

Cost: £4.25 per person (concessions apply) in addition to a Castle admission ticket, Castle Key or Season Ticket. 

Private tours can also be arranged for smaller groups for an additional charge of £25 per tour, in addition to Castle admission (covers up to 6 people, additional guests charged at standard rate). If you have a larger group, please contact us to discuss prices.

*Subject to availability; pre-booking advised.  

 

 


 

Film Location Tour

The BBC hit TV shows of Doctor Who, Sherlock, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures have all used Cardiff Castle as a film location. Take this exclusive guided tour of the Castle for a closer look at where these terrestrial and incredible intergalactic scenes were shot. The tour, led by an expert guide, will take in locations across the Castle and will last approximately 40 minutes. Please note there are many steep and uneven steps on this tour and may not be suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

Private tours can be arranged for additional charge of £25 per tour, in addition to Castle admission (covers up to 6 people, additional guests charged at standard rate). If you have a larger group, please contact us to discuss prices.

Availability - By arrangement on 029 2087 8100  

 


 

The Town Walls of Cardiff 

A 75 minute walking tour through city centre, following the route of the medieval walls of the city with one of the Castle’s expert guides. This tour will start at the Castle, and finish at the Angel Hotel on Castle Street and give you an insight in to how the city has grown since medieval times. The tour includes historical information on the Friary, the Glamorganshire Canal and of course the Castle’s development at the heart of Cardiff.

By arrangement on 029 2087 8100. £15 per person, minimum of 4 paying guests. This tour may not be suitable for young children or anyone with mobility issues.    

 


The Cardiff Castle Ghost Tour

 

Explore the Castle's history from a completely different angle: through tales of ghostly encounters from times gone past to the present day. This is a "no-nonsense, no gimmicks" faithfully researched and delivered torch-lit tour of the Castle Apartments, to the very spots where inexplicable things have repeatedly been seen, heard and felt over the generations. The ghost stories are told in the dark, revealing how at night this Castle takes on a wholly different, atmospheric, and downright eerie character!

 

The tours are delivered through a partnership between Cardiff Castle and Cardiff History and Hauntings. Booking is made direct through Cardiff History and Hauntings. 

Booking is made direct through Cardiff History and Hauntings. For more information on the tour, to check dates, and to book, please go to http://www.cardiffhistory.co.uk/index.php?p=35