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Cardiff Castle is now open to visitors again and we simply cannot wait to welcome you back in a safe and responsible fashion.

To help control visitor numbers, everybody (including Castle Key and Annual Pass holders) will be required to book a timed arrival slot in advance. Tickets will be made available for booking every Friday for the following week.

Certain areas of the Castle will remain closed due to social distancing and we will not be offering any guided tours until further notice. Please make sure to check back here for the latest updates before planning your visit.

Ahead of reopening, we have put a number of new safety measures in place. We request that all visitors please respect the rules and guidelines, for your own protection and the safety of others. Anyone not following the guidelines may be approached by staff and may be asked to leave. Abuse of any kind will not be tolerated.


  • Tickets on sale every Friday at 10am for the following week (Mon – Sun) online only
  • Available timeslots are 10:00 / 12:00 / 14:00
  • Each timeslot has a capacity of 70 admission tickets and 70 keyholder slots
  • Any remaining tickets can be purchased from the ticket office on the day of visit but we recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment

What parts of the Castle are open?

Castle Grounds Social distancing in place.
Battlement Walk One way system and social distancing in place.
Wartime Tunnels One way system and social distancing in place.
Norman Keep Limited capacity and social distancing in place.
Victorian Apartments Limited capacity and social distancing in place.
Castle Cafe Limited menu and no indoor seating, please pay with contactless if possible.
Castle Gift Shop Limited range on sale in the ticket office, full range available in August 2020.
Audio Guides Get our free audio guide on your smart phone, search for Cardiff Castle in the app store.
Roman Wall & Chariot Corner Coming in August 2020.
Firing Line Museum Coming in August 2020.
The Trebuchet Social distancing in place.

Please note that in the interests of safety, this list will be subject to change, without prior notice, as circumstances dictate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the opening hours?
  • The Castle is currently open from 10:00 – 18:00
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?
  • Pets are allowed in to the public square. Although pets are not usually allowed, this restriction has been temporarily lifted while the Castle is open as a public space.
Are bikes allowed in?
  • Bikes are allowed in to the public square. Although we don’t usually allow bikes in to the grounds, this restriction has been temporarily lifted while the Castle is open as a public space.
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.


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