Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

CARDIFF CASTLE


CARDIFF CASTLE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

It was originally a Roman site that was fortified by the Normans with a wooden motte and bailey in 1091 and then in stone at the end of the 12th century. The castle was in poor condition for much of the 15th, 16th & 17th centuries having been captured a number of times from the Welsh uprising in 1404 to the Civil War in the 1640's (twice). The 12 sided shell-keep which is 80 foot in diameter is well preserved and the moat has been restored.

The "new" castle, a Victorian building, was erected beside it in 1872.

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Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
In the town centre.
Cardiff CF10 3RB

 



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