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Still Standing… the Cardiff Castle
Lording proudly over vast parklands in the heart of Cardiff is Cardiff Castle, once a Roman fort, a Norman stronghold, and a Victorian mansion. This stone structure has endured through millennia, bearing witness to imprisonments, executions, kidnappings, sieges, and dirty politics. A fairytale setting in spring, a fierce fortress in summer, an eerie citadel in autumn, and a snow-tipped beauty in winter, Cardiff Castle displays the powerful allure, which had it listed as one of the best attractions to visit on a Wales holiday.
Step inside and you’ll see the remains of ancient walls erected by the Romans, Gothic towers, stained glass portraits, marble furnishings, and intricate woodcraft. Each of the rooms within follows a theme; among these are the Winter and Summer Smoking Rooms, the Chaucer Room, and the Arab Room. The gardens follow a Mediterranean concept.
Gorge like you’ve just come from battle in one of the oldest parts of Cardiff Castle – the Undercroft; Welsh banquets are held in the evenings, providing food, drink, and entertainment. Come Christmas, workshops on creating cards and decorations are held in the castle; educational tours are also popular here, with topics such as Roman warriors, Medieval soldiers, and the life of Queen Victoria.
Today, Cardiff Castle is a venue for rock concerts and live performances, and can hold more than 10,000 people; the Stereophonics, Green Day, and Tom Jones are just some of the castle's famed guests. The biggest Mardi Gras celebrations are held annually here, too.
A café and a gift shop are available on site.