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WELCOME TO CARDIFF CASTLE
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. In a country renowned for its collection of majestic castles (Wales has over 400 of them), Cardiff is proud to be a little different.
From the Roman occupation, through the Norman conquest, the turbulence of civil war, a Victorian transformation and even the terrors of World War 2, these walls have seen it all. Cardiff Castle has not only survived the centuries but evolved with them in a fashion that few other sites can claim.
Surrounded by beautiful parklands on one side and a thriving, modern metropolis on the other, Cardiff Castle is the historic heart of Wales’ capital city. Inside you’ll find a story 2000 year in the making, just waiting to be told.
2000 YEARS OF HISTORY IN THE HEART OF THE CITY
It all started in the 1st century AD by the Romans who built the first in a series of forts. In the 11th century, the Normans constructed the Keep that still dominates the Castle Green to this day. The medieval Lords of Glamorgan began work on the House during the 15th century.
The Bute family left their mark on the entire city in the 19th century, they also transformed the House into the opulent Victorian Gothic home it is today. During World War II the walls which surround the Castle were used as air raid shelters; a place of safety for thousands of Cardiff citizens. A reconstruction of the shelters has been opened for visitors to explore.