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ENJOY THE FREE PUBLIC SQUARE AT CARDIFF CASTLE

Opening hours are 10:00 – 16:00

Cardiff Castle is not currently open as a tourist attraction; however, visitors to the city centre are welcome to come in and enjoy the open air space of the Castle green, free of charge.

If you’re planning a trip in to Cardiff and would like a lovely spot to relax after hitting the shops, then please use the tables and chairs laid out on the beautiful setting of the Castle’s lawn.

The Castle cafe is open and serving a selection of both hot and cold drinks and light refreshments that can be enjoyed in the outdoor seating area. The Castle gift shop is also open with a reduced offering of its local products and beautiful keepsakes.


Please remember to be considerate of other visitors, maintain the appropriate social distancing and use the hand sanitising facilities available at every opportunity.

We would kindly ask anybody to refrain from visiting if you have had any symptoms of illness (cough, sniffles, sore throat or fever), or have had contact with anybody who has been tested for COVID-19, in the last 14 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the opening hours?

The Castle’s outer green is now open daily as a public space from 10:00 – 16:00

Will there be facilities open?

Yes, there will be open toilet facilities with hand washing and hand sanitiser available.

Can I still sign up for, or renew a Castle Key?

Yes, you can still sign-up for a new Castle Key or renew an existing one at the ticket office. Because we had to close during lockdown, we’re even adding an extra 3 months to the lifespan of all new Key cards and renewals until March 2023.

Will food & drink be available?

Yes, the Castle cafe will be serving both hot and cold drinks, as well as some light refreshments to be consumed in the outdoor seating area.

Are pets allowed in?

Although pets are not usually allowed in to the Castle grounds, this restriction has been temporarily lifted within the public square.

Are bikes allowed in?

Although we don’t usually allow bikes in to the Castle grounds, this restriction has been temporarily lifted within the public square.

Is the Castle open to visitors again?

The Castle’s outer green is open, free of charge, visitors are welcome to come in and relax on the lawn or use the socially distanced tables and chairs. The Castle’s interiors are not currently open to the public, nor are we able to offer any guided tours or audio guides. Closed areas include the Castle Apartments, Norman Keep and Firing Line Museum.

When will the Castle interiors be open again?

We have no date for reopening the Castle as a visitor attraction at the moment, we will continue to follow Government advice and guidance and look forward to welcoming visitors when it is safe and responsible to do so.

LONE STAG AT CARDIFF CASTLE

We have teamed up with our local gift shop partner, Sloane Home, to bring you one of their most popular product lines! This award winning business are now serving their drinks collection, including Lone Stag Gin & Vodka infusions, from an outside space next to the Café.

EAT AL FRESCO ON CASTLE STREET

Enjoy some of your favourite city centre eateries in the new Castle Quarter Café, an outdoor dining experience set against the picturesque backdrop of Cardiff Castle. Take a look on Visit Cardiff for more info...

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