As promised here is the second post from my trip to Cardiff Castle in Wales on Saturday. I have piled all of the castle and grounds photos into this post, as well as some funny ones from the day. The castle itself is amazing, it’s actually quite demolished as it’s been damaged through many wars in the past, so a lot of it has fallen down, however the parts that are still standing are incredible. As it’s so old it has that distinct smell to it which isn’t the nicest, but that’s always to be expected lol.
When you first arrive at Cardiff Castle you see the big wall around the outside and go through the big gates. It’s just like in the films when you see old scenery! You start out the tour with a 5 minute movie, which wasn’t to my liking at all, but then you head off through the tunnels which people used to hide in during the war. You get the air raid siren noise as well as planes and bomb explosions going on through the speakers to give you a real insight as to what it was like. There was also beds and a small kitchen there as people had to live down in the tunnels like that for some time.
We then went up some stairs and out onto the roof of the castle which overlooks everything. This was on the outskirts so you could see into the centre. We then headed down by the back entrance gates and took a walk along the cobble path. There was a massive wooden catapult which was used to obviously fling things at the enemies back in the day, I thought that was was really cool. There was also a stone trench for the troops to hide in and I found some stocks, which I put myself in lol. Then in the middle of the grounds, surrounded by a moat, is the remains of the castle. You have to go up many stone steps which was a nightmare on my knees, but you pass a well on the way up and it’s an incredible view from the top.
The first section which you arrive at has grass grounds and is in the middle, I assume a little like a courtyard, but then you have to go up some more steps to a mid level which overlooks onto the grounds and then if you go up a really narrow and small twisted set of stone steps, you get to the roof which overlooks the whole of Wales. It was such an amazing view as you can see down onto the valleys and everything. It’s quite awkward coming back down though as the steps are steep and only big enough for one person, so bypassing people on the way down and up is quite tricky!
After visiting the castle, my boyfriend and I went into the mansion which is in the grounds. This was built at a much much later date as the people in the paintings who lived there were mainly from the 1800’s. The house was incredible! The decor was a lot like Asian temples and palaces with gold leaf and enamel. They also had the old chairs from the 1800’s still intact and everything. It was an amazing house to be in. You can’t visit all of it as a lot of the house is protected, however you can go through the corridors, dining room and a few other spaces. I loved the old style carvings and statues they had on the walls and around the ceilings as well. There were even stained glass windows of the king and queen and lots of Greek writing above places.
Before we left, we found a place we hadn’t noticed and it was a war museum. Inside were uniforms, medals, guns, weapons and everything from all eras of the war. This was my boyfriends favourite section and I took a photo of him in a Russian hat with a Russian gun lol. There was so much to see and learning about history has always fascinated me!
Overall I had an amazing time there and I would definitely visit again! The train trip was only about an hour and I was worried the tunnel would be bad on my ears, but it wasn’t. It was ok actually! It’s so strange just crossing the tunnel though because as soon as you are out the other side and people get on at the next stop, everyone is Welsh and I adore the accent so it kept me smiling most of the time ha ha. Have any of you ever visited Cardiff Castle? I didn’t get us lost either, even though I had never been to Wales before. Luckily I stare at Google maps as I have a photographic memory and I can know my route just from that. You can see all of my photos by clicking the continue reading button below!