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Cardiff Castle Summer Room

Cardiff Castle Summer Room

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Cardiff Castle Summer Room

Castle, £9-£12.50

Castle Street,
CF10 3RB



In the heart of the capital city is Cardiff Castle, a truly remarkable site with a history that spans over 2000 years. Roman soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here, and the Bute family, with extraordinary wealth and vision, transformed the Castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy.

‘Eccentric genius’ architect William Burges was given free rein to create the amazingly lavish and opulent interiors; each breathtaking room rich with murals, stained glass, gilding and superb craftsmanship.

Recent developments include the opening of the Wartime Shelters, an evocative re-creation of a bygone era when the Castle’s tunnels were used as a place of refuge during the Second World War air raids.

For an alternative night out, book a traditional Welsh Banquet for your family, friends or office. This is a relaxed and fun evening of Welsh food, wine and music, in either the 15th century Undercroft or the Interpretation Centre. Please book in advance on 029 2087 8100

Your daytime visit to Cardiff Castle includes:

• Interpretation Centre with exhibition and film presentation
• A selection of the magnificent Castle Apartments or upgrade to a Premium Tour (extra charge) to see more of the wonderful interiors
• The Norman Keep
• Magnificent walkways around the Castle Battlements
• Wartime Shelters
• Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
• Free audio guide
• Free guided tours of the Wartime Shelters or Norman Keep
• Gift shop and café

A Family Friendly Visit...

• Stay and play area with hands-on art and craft activities, puppet theatre and child sized costumes
• Family trail booklet full of quizzes and questions
• Free children’s audio guide
• Buggy parking
• Baby changing facilities
• Food and milk warming service in café
• Children’s meals
• Highchair in café

Cardiff Castle Season Ticket - Up-grade your admission ticket on the day for £5 (Adults) and £3 (Children) and get free admission to the Castle for 12 months plus a host of other benefits. Visitors will need to up-grade their tickets on the day. Ask at the Castle Ticket Office on 029 2087 8100 or visit

Also If you live or work in Cardiff you can apply for a Castle Key which gives free entry to the Castle for 3 years. There is an administration charge of £5 to join the Castle Key scheme. This is to cover the cost of cards, equipment and staff. The scheme will be free for children and Cardiff Council Max Active Card Holders.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsTelephone (public)Welcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groups

*Disabled/wheelchair access to castle grounds, Interpretation Centre, Undercroft & toilets. Access to Main House and Keep involves many steps. *Multi lingual site plan available *Guide books in English, Welsh and French.

Opening Details

Open all the time

Cardiff Castle is open to visitors 7 days a week all year round, apart from the 25 and 26 December, and 1 January. There are also certain special event days during the year where admission is only open to event ticket holders.

Opening Time: Mon-Thurs 10:00 Fri-Sun 09:00
Last Entry Mon-Thurs 15:00 Fri-Sun 17:00
Closing Time Mon-Thurs 16:00 Fri-Sun 18:00


Castle Ticket Prices - Summer 2021
Adult: £12.50
Child (Ages 5 – 16, must be with an adult): £9.00
Senior / Student / Disabled (single carer free with each disabled ticket): £10.00
Adult Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children): £38.00
Senior Family Ticket (2 Seniors and 2 Children): £34.00
Under 5s FREE

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 5 - Thu 23 Dec Santa's Victorian Christmas




Castle Street,
CF10 3RB


Plan route to Cardiff Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: ST 180765  Lat: 51.48148 Long: -3.18222

Junctions 32/33 from M4. Follow the signs for Cardiff City Centre.

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Cardiff Central station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

*Disabled/wheelchair access to castle grounds, Interpretation Centre, Undercroft & toilets. Access to Main House and Keep involves many steps. *Multi lingual site plan available *Guide books in English, Welsh and French.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls


The Interpretation Centre is fully accessible to wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs, including the Firing Line exhibition, film presentation, café and shop. Disabled toilets are located adjacent to the café on the ground floor. The Castle Apartments are not accessible to wheelchair users or pushchairs due to the number of steps within the house. Audio Guides are available in 10 languages and include a sign-language and visually-impaired tours (in English and Welsh).