• Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Pronounced Castell Caerdydd (cast-eth cayer-deeth) in Welsh, Cardiff Castle is in the heart of the city centre and is a world-class heritage attraction 


Cardiff Castle History

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales' leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Found in the heart of the city centre and in the grounds of Bute Park. It's been standing since the 11th Century.

Once a Roman fort, Norman stronghold and Victorian Gothic masterpiece, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairy-tale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. In the 19th century, architect William Burges created a medieval dream world for the 3rd Marquess of Bute - who lived in Cardiff Castle. The results are simply breathtaking. With opulent interiors rich with gilding, elaborate wood carving, murals and stained glass. The clock tower is particularly striking. 

With the exposed Roman wall to view, the medieval keep to climb and the atmospheric second world war exhibition and air raid shelters to explore, make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit.

Cardiff Castle Events

They have an exciting events calendar, too, with Welsh banquets, family events including the annual Joust and even open-air live music events which have seen The Killers, Stereophonics, Michael Buble, Tom Jones and Queen.

Cardiff Castle Prices

It is recommended that you purchase your Cardiff Castle tickets in advance:

Adults: £13.50
Children (5-16): £9.50
Concessions: £11.50
Under 5s: FREE

Get a Key to the Castle

If you live or work in Cardiff, you can get a FREE castle key. Admission gets you entry to a selection of lavishly decorated rooms in the Castle Apartments, The Norman Keep, Battlement Walk, Wartime Shelters, Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, Interpretation Centre and audio guide (subject to availability) and Cardiff Castle Grounds.


Bedrooms at Future Inn Cardiff

Stay at Future Inn Cardiff

Future Inns in Cardiff Bay has 197 rooms with everything you would expect of a 4-star hotel. Plus, a whole host of home-away-from-home comforts. The hotel offers all guests free parking, electric car charging, and free WiFi. All bedrooms sleep up to four guests, which is ideal for families and groups. Plus, under 12s stay for free.

You can also dine in Thomas Restaurant. Homemade, local food is available throughout the day, from breakfast to brunch, lunch to afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte dining, and traditional roasts on Sunday. Under 5’s eat for free with a paying adult.

Getting to Cardiff Castle from Future Inns

  • It is a 10-minute taxi ride from Future Inn Cardiff to the city centre. There are numerous car parks in the city centre with varying tariffs, if you wanted to drive.
  • Cardiff Bay train station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and takes you to Cardiff Queen Street station, followed by an 11-minute walk to Cardiff Castle.
  • Several buses go into the city centre from County Hall, across the road from the hotel taking 16 minutes.
  • If you'd like to explore Cardiff, the hop-on, hop-off Cardiff City Sightseeing bus goes from the Wales Millennium Centre and stops outside Cardiff Castle.
  • The Aquabus (water taxi) runs hourly from Cardiff Bay between 1030 and 1630 and stops in Bute Park, in the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Weather permitting. The journey takes about 25 minutes.
  • It would take approximately 35 minutes to walk. 

Make a reservation

Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or email reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk 

Future Inns Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem when you dine in the restaurant (you'll also get double points, too!) and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!


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