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THE CASTLE APARTMENTS
Of all the castles in the UK, Cardiff Castle is one of the most amazing and richly complex sites, with a story that spans over 2,000 years.
The Castle you see today, in the heart of the capital city, is at once a Roman fort, an impressive Norman castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace, created for one of the world’s richest men.
For the ultimate Victorian medieval dream world, see the spectacular fairy-tale apartments, rich with murals, gilding and elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble, created by art-architect William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute.
LORD BUTE’S STUDY
This room was originally a working room for Lord Bute’s librarian, Mr Godwin, but later became a study for the Marquess himself. Despite being located in the Herbert Tower, which dates from the 1580s, all the decoration you see today is Victorian. Look out for the four parrots decorating the chimneypiece.
THE ARAB ROOM
This amazing interior was one of the last William Burges designed and dates from 1881, the year he died. The incredible ceiling is of a style known as a ‘muquarnas’. It is made of wood which has been covered in gold leaf and decorated.
THE BANQUETING HALL
The Banqueting hall is the largest room in the castle and is in the oldest part of the building. Although the actual walls date from the fifteenth century, all the surface decoration, ceiling and floors are Victorian.
SMALL DINING ROOM
This room was used as a dining room for members of the Bute family when there were few or no guests. The room was transformed from a plain interior by William Burges and the
3rd Marquess of Bute around 1875.
THE DRAWING ROOM
The Library is in the oldest part of the house and part of it once formed the fifteenth century Great Hall. The room is one of the most important in the castle as it still contains the original Burges bookcases and tables that were designed and made for this interior.
If you would like to find out more about these opulent rooms and to see some of the other magnificent interiors, make sure to book on to one of the Castle Tours led by our expert guides.