Cardiff Castle is ready to invite visitors back to its grounds from May 28, as sunnier times are just around the corner.
The city centre destination has a variety of attractions for people to enjoy and it’s open seven days a week, so there is plenty of availability.
The good news continues as Cardiff Castle can be enjoyed with or without a ticket, and there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.
Here are eight reasons why now is the perfect time to visit this iconic attraction.
1. Visitors can relax in the castle’s green space free of charge
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful setting of Public Square, Cardiff Castle’s outer green, and it won’t cost them a penny. The open space is in the heart of the city centre and it’s an ideal area to relax with a picnic. So whether someone is looking for somewhere to rest after shopping, or a central location to meet up with friends and family, then it’s the perfect place.
2. General admission tickets are on sale now
While anyone can use Public Square, only visitors with a ticket can gain access to the whole site and explore everything on offer. The ticket is valid all day and it means visitors can climb the mighty Norman Keep, marvel at the Castle Apartments, discover the Roman remains, see the Firing Line Military Museum and experience the Wartime Shelters.
The self-guided experience allows people to walk around at their own pace and the audio guide on the free Castle App includes the opportunity to learn more about its 2000 years of history.
Tickets are available to buy on Ticketsource.
3. Tickets have been reduced for the summer
The ticket prices have been reduced to £12.50 for adults and £9 for children, with family and concession tickets also available. Plus, anyone can upgrade to any guided tour for an extra £4 for adults and for £3 children. All general admission tickets can be booked online via Ticketsource. Want to add a tour? Upon arrival at the castle, just check in with the ticket office to buy the extra upgrade.
4. People who live or work in Cardiff have free entry
The famous Castle Key has been given to the people of Cardiff since 1947. The key is available to people who live or work in the city and it gives free entry to the attraction for three years plus a 10% discount at the gift shop and The Keep Terrace kitchen and bar. To get a key just visit the castle’s ticket office with proof of address or employment. The key card with photo ID will then be issued.
5. Guided tours are available
If visitors buy a general admission ticket or have a Castle Key, then they can upgrade to a guided tour for a small cost.
For example, The House Tour is a 50-minute tour that includes a look around the lavish Victorian living quarters. A guide will show visitors the Castle Apartments and incredible rooms that are not accessible with general admission tickets – including The Nursery, Chaucer Room, Bute Bedroom and Roof Garden. Please note some rooms may be unavailable due to social distancing. Plus, Clock Tower tours are coming this summer as it is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Cardiff. On this 35-minute tour, the guide will take visitors up the spiral staircase from the Winter Smoking Room to the Bachelor Bedroom and finally, to the breathtaking Summer Smoking Room with aerial views of the city.
6. The Keep Terrace has alfresco dining
Located in the free access Public Square, all visitors can enjoy some alfresco dining at The Keep Terrace. There are also plenty of heaters and large umbrellas so it even works well in the Welsh weather. With a variety of smaller snacks and hearty mains on the menu, alongside hot drinks, cold beers and wine, it’s a great way to enjoy one of the best views in the city. Plus there are no advance bookings and it only accepts walk-ups.
7. The Lone Stag Bar has a gin experience
The Lone Stag Bar is also located in Public Square and it offers a gin experience, with award-winning spirits and handmade truffles. Alternatively, visitors can savour a glass of chilled bubbles, wine or Peroni overlooking the majestic grounds. The bar can be booked via the website.
8. A new attraction is coming
During the last year, the team has been busy developing a brand new family attraction called the Black Tower Tales. The guided tour includes an audio-visual experience that tells the story of local Welsh hero, Llywelyn Bren and his battle against the oppressive Sheriff of Glamorgan. Llywelyn and his followers fought hard for their rights but he was imprisoned and murdered in Cardiff Castle’s Black Tower – the same place where families can hear the chilling tale! This is coming very soon…
To keep up to date with everything that’s happening at Cardiff Castle check out cardiffcastle.com or in Welsh at castell-caerdydd.com. Keep in touch on social @cardiff_castle / @castellcaerdydd.
General admission tickets to visit from 28th May are on sale now, bookings via Ticketsource.