A few weekends ago I attended the Traverse 16 conference which provided an opportunity to Visit Wales and explore what this part of the British Isles has to offer. My base was Cardiff. When I told people I was going I was inundated with ideas of what I should do. But with only an afternoon free outside of the conference I decided to visit Cardiff Castle.

Exterior of Cardiff Castle

Cardiff is really easy to get around and most of the cultural activities are within easy reach of the city centre hotels. It took me a short 15 minute walk to reach Cardiff Castle from my hotel. It was easy to find, not just because of the turrets, but because it was at the top of the main shopping area.

Exterior of Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle has 2,000 years of history and has passed through many noble families during this time. It was eventually given to the people of Cardiff and for the last 25 years has been one of the main visitor attractions.

Cardiff Castle turets

I started my exploration in the Castle apartments.

Inside Cardiff Castle grounds

Inside Cardiff Castle grounds

Walking into the entrance I thought I’d found my knight in shining armour.

Cardiff Castle Knights

It was a small but perfectly formed entrance way which had lots of character. I made my way to the first floor.

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I actually let out a WOW when I got to the Arab room, much to the amusement of one of the staff. I wondered how many times a day they hear that? It was magnificent. Not a big room but the gold detail and the feel you got from it, was enough to take your breath away.

Cardiff Castle - Arab Room

Cardiff Castle - Arab Room

Cardiff Castle - Arab Room

Cardiff Castle Arab Room

Cardiff Castle Arab Room

Cardiff Castle Arab Room

This flowed into the banqueting hall which was also a stunning space. There was something to marvel in at every turn.

Cardiff Castle Banqueting Hall

Cardiff Castle Banqueting Hall

Cardiff Castle Banqueting Hall

Cardiff Castle Banqueting Hall

Cardiff Castle Banqueting Hall

Cardiff Castle Banqueting Hall

I followed the tour through into the library. I certainly could spend many hours here curled up reading a book.

Cardiff Castle library

Cardiff Castle library

Cardiff Castle library

Making my way out of the house I went onto explore the 12 sided Norman Keep. The 50 steps leading up to the Keep are steep but the panoramic views, of Cardiff, are well worth the climb.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle Norman Keep entrance

Cardiff Castle Norman Keep

Cardiff Castle

Views from Cardiff Castle

I didn’t get to the Castle until late in the day, so I ran out of time to see everything. You could easily spend most of the day there, especially if there is an event on. I’d loved to have gone up the North Gate, battlement walk, clock tower and have a nosey around the house. Even though I didn’t get chance to see all of Cardiff Castle, I still enjoyed the time I spent there.

The Stocks at Cardiff Castle


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