Cardiff Castle - a fantastic morning spent!
In July 2013 we took our two youngest children with us on one of our tromps to the UK. This was also the first time we threw all caution to the wind (at the time) and rented a car. It was actually easy and now my husband is old hat at it, and I'm such a comfortable navigator that I may even try it myself soon. I know better though - he's far more aware than I am, if I get too comfortable driving I'd forget and make some subconscious incorrect choice. Anyway, back to Cardiff Castle.
We actually stayed at the Hilton Hotel right across the street from here - you could see the top of the tower from our window.
I didn't want to go on and on about the very beautiful example of a motte and bailey castle though - because while this is one, and it's glorious, there is a ton of other things to do here too. It's a wonderful day out and I highly recommend it!
The manor house is quite lovely and well appointed and worth a look - I cannot recall if it's included in admission price. Did you notice something else as well? No one is here - it's July and early morning. We went right when it opened at 9am. We had the entire place to ourselves the entire time. It was wonderful. :)
Then of course the not to be missed Arab Room:
Isn't it just beautiful? It was wonderful walking amongst it all. But that isn't all of it - in the very walls of the castle grounds the city of Cardiff build bomb shelters for World War II. You can go visit them and walk the entire length. They are kept in spectacular order and it's really very eerie, you move a bit back in time - even though it was only recently compared to the age of the castle itself.
It was all told a great way to spend a morning :) I was not aware of the Iron Age Hillfort in Cardiff until recently this year - or else I am sure I'd have made a trip, it was so close! But there is always reason to go back to Wales.