Cardiff Castle (Castle Street, Cardiff, Wales) — the Castle that exists here today, in the heart of the capital city, is at once a Roman fort, an impressive Norman castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace, created for one of the world’s richest men.
In the 19th century, architect William Burges created a medieval dream-world for the 3rd Marquess of Bute; the results are simply breath-taking with opulent interiors rich with gilding, elaborate wood carving, murals and stained glass. For the ultimate Victorian medieval dream world, see the spectacular fairy-tale apartments, rich with murals, gilding and elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble. With the exposed Roman Wall to view, the medieval Keep to climb and the atmospheric Wartime Shelters to explore, visitors should reserve plenty of time for a visit there.
Admission: £13.50 (adult), £11.50 (seniors/students), £9.50 (children ages 5-16), free for children under 5 years. Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (March-October); 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (November-February).