Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Cardiff Castle

Spend an afternoon at Cardiff Castle and discover one of the best-preserved castles in the United Kingdom. This former medieval fortress is today a popular tourist attraction that appeals to young and old visitors alike, bringing together the finest history and architecture in the heart of Wales.

In addition to its regular visiting hours, the castle also hosts a varied programme of special events and exhibitions throughout the year. With a convenient city centre location, it is within easy reach of restaurants, shops and other attractions, and just a 10-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff.

Explore centuries of history

The castle grounds date back more than 2000 years, occupying a site that was originally home to a Roman fort. After the Norman Conquest, Cardiff Castle was rebuilt as a medieval fortification that exchanged hands between several noble families over the course of its turbulent history.

The castle's most notable owners, the Bute Family, played a particularly significant role in its preservation for later generations. The 3rd Marquess of Bute took on an ambitious project to transform the castle's lodgings and upgrade the interiors in the ornate Gothic revival style that was popular in the 19th century. With the help of architect William Burges, the Butes transformed Cardiff Castle into a lavish family home with magnificently decorated interiors that still dazzle the eye today.

Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family donated the castle to the city of Cardiff. The National College of Music and Drama occupied the space until 1974, when the castle was opened as a tourist attraction. It remains one of the most popular days out with visitors in Wales to this day.

Things to see and do

During your visit, be sure to take a tour of the opulent main house to view the spectacular Winter Smoking Room, Arab Room, Roof Top Garden and more. You'll also see World War II air raid shelters that were built within the castle walls. Other attractions include Firing Line: The Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, which is included in your castle admission, and the imposing 12-sided Norman Keep at the centre of the castle, from which you can enjoy panoramic views. Be sure to allow time for a stroll in the landscaped grounds as an extra bonus.