Cardiff Castle is an impressively splendid affair with its flamboyant Victorian clock tower and extraordinarily ornate gilded ... More
Cardiff Castle is an impressively splendid affair with its flamboyant Victorian clock tower and extraordinarily ornate gilded interiors. This site has been crowned a castle, since the early days of the Roman occupation of Wales and parts of a Roman wall are still visible beneath the outer battlements. It was the third Marquess of Bute, who with the help of the architect William Burgess began the grandiose alterations we see today. So when in Cardiff do not miss out on this architectural splendor. The open hours differ according to the season, so please check the website for more details.
Cardiff is at the ready and quite accomadationg to visitors.Seeing a huge castel and fortress right in the middle of Cardiff in these modern times is jarring.Thes size of the walled fortress wraps around an entire city block and more spectacular than the wee castle set like an opaque eerie gem on the inside. While visiting, a cultural event to mark a type of local Earth day was going on. Compared to other castles,this one is not that exciting.
The walled fortress has more personality and if you follow it to the corner ends you can see niches in the wall,they are remnants of fireplaces where the guards kept cozy on cold nights. The colorful Victorian clock tower too makes for a great photo op. Nearby at St.David outdoor mall, a trio of musicians were playing "Its cherry pink and apple blossom white..." a 1960's popular tune by Perez Prado. Cardiff became a capital in 1955. Mingling the old and the modern is what Cardiff,Wales is all about.
A visit to the glass library and columned Nat'l History museum near Civic center is also recommended.
Yes, the decor sucks inside, but, I liked the castle. Much more plesent to visit on a warm day as the insides are quite chilly! The grounds on the outside are the nicest, in the summer many people take their lunches from the nearby resturants over there to eat. Grounds behind the palace and the city's meuseum are very nice too. Tour of the castle is about an hour long. Well worth the trip, however, it's not something I feel I'd have to repeat!
Yesterday, I accompanied a teacher and a class of 5-7 year-olds on a trip to Cardiff Castle.
It was a cold, sunny day and the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the grounds before a guided tour of the buildings.
After the tour we proceeded to the Education Centre where the storyteller told the class the story of Gelert. The children then had great fun enacting the story. There was no shortage of volunteers wanting to take part!
The day out was summed up by one little boy as "awesome, I want my mammy and daddy to bring me here again!"
Most exciting thing about this place was the door marked 'exit' at the end of the visit. Cold and damp with an aroma of rotting corpses about the place. No hot girls and no choc ices available in the gift shop. Made even worse by my hardcore hangover from a crazy party the night before.
Try taking the edge of the tour with a bottle Smirnoff.
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