A Castle in the Heart of the City: Cardiff Castle


I would guess that 90% of my time in Cardiff was spent at the Doctor Who museum and other Who-related sights. However, in an effort to diversify my Wales exploration, I visited the Cardiff Castle.

Cardiff is a bustling city. It is surprising to suddenly stumble upon a castle in the middle of the shops, traffic, and pubs. It could almost be a figment of your beer-filled imagination. But, alas! It is real.

A bit of history: The original (wooden) Cardiff Castle was built in the 11th century on top of a 3rd century Roman fort. The castle was rebuilt with stone in the 12th century. It was attacked repeatedly by the Anglo-Normans during its history. From the 1400s until 1947, when it was given to the City of Cardiff, the castle had many different noble owners.

I had a grand old time at Cardiff Castle. There was even a little fair / reenactment shenanigans happening. Alhtough, it was really more like a bunch of people in costumes leaning on their shields. Come on, guys! You have shields! And fake weapons! Let’s see some action.

Recent shows such as Doctor Who have been filmed at Cardiff Castle. Oops, I guess I can’t avoid the Who-verse after all!  So, among the several tours at the castle, there is one entirely dedicated to exploring film locations.

More info about the Cardiff Castle, including prices and tour times here.

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3 thoughts on “A Castle in the Heart of the City: Cardiff Castle

  1. Jo @ Migrating Bird

    Gosh, I’m British and a major Doctor Who fan and I’ve never been to Cardiff! Shame on me!

    Castles are definitely one of the things I like best about my home country. Kent (my county) has some particularly nice ones, and we went on so many school trips to them when I was little! I don’t remember any beer-bellied old dudes leaning on shields though!

  2. Catherine

    I had no idea that Cardiff had a castle like this right in the city centre – it’s kind of like Clifford’s Tower in my hometown of York. Sounds like you had a great day there 🙂

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