A Castle Tour of Wales – A nation renowned for its ancient fortresses, discover the heritage and natural beauty of Wales on a trip staying in elegant country house hotels and grandiose castle accommodations. Explore the untouched landscapes of Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire and the awe-inspiring ruins of Wales' glorious World Heritage Castles including Conwy, Harlech and Caernarfon. Your tour ends with two nights in the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff.View this tour
Our guide to visiting Cardiff Castle
One of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions, Cardiff Castle is the centre-piece of the Welsh capital city, home to Roman and Norman heritage not to mention a gloriously opulent mock Tudor mansion.
The settlement at Cardiff Castle dates back to the Romans who were first to inhabit the site and the outer walls of today’s castle still mark roughly the boundaries of the original Roman fort. In parts on the outer walls you can still see the original stonework whilst within the castle and the newly developed visitor centre there have been extensive excavation back to the Roman foundations.
At the heart of the castle grounds and overlooking the extensive lawns rises the original moat and tower which date back to the 12th century. These were constructed by the Normans when the castle was used as a military stronghold against the local population.
As needs changed, in the Tudor era a number of residential apartments were also added to the castle but the Castle’s history really comes alive as late as the 19th the century when the castle was acquired by the Marquis of Bute of Scotland. A successful coal baron in the thriving coal industry at the start of the industrial revolution, the marquis entirely revived the Tudor structures to create a lavish mansion. With the help of his wild imagination, extreme wealth for the times and the assistance of fashionable architect William Burges he transformed the castle adding an ornate clock tower and various spires and turrets. It was inside however that they excelled in their medieval gothic revival creating room after room of eccentrically themed and intricately decorated quarters; these include the summer smoking room elaborately decorated with jewels, the fairytale themed children’s nursery and the grandiose banqueting hall decorated with murals depicting the castle’s history. Today these quarters can only be visited on a guided tour which carries an extra fee but this is well worth it to see the unique interiors and hear the eccentric tales of the family and castle.
For a unique Welsh experience, don’t miss a visit to Cardiff Castle during your stay in the Welsh capital.
A small group tour of Wales – Spend five days in North and West Wales with your driver-guide and two days independently exploring Cardiff, before returning to London by rail. Your tour takes you over the border Marches and through the Mountains of North Wales, along the Welsh coast and Cardigan Bay to the beautiful seascapes and coastlines of the Pembrokeshire National Park. Your tour ends in Cardiff where you then have two free days to explore the Welsh Capital at your own leisure.View this tour
Make use of Britain's extensive rail network on this comprehensive rail tour of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy train rides through the glorious scenery of the Cotswolds, North Wales, the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands on route to cultural and historic cities including Bath, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh, York and London.View this tour
A South Wales Driving Tour – Enjoy a journey of contrasts taking you from the barren Moorlands of the Brecon Beacons and the rugged coastlines of Pembrokeshire to the bright lights of the bustling Welsh capital of Cardiff. Along the way you’ll experience Welsh culture, hear the welsh language, see ancient abbeys, immerse yourself in abundant wildlife and of course visit a host of ancient castles ruins.View this tour
A Great Britain driving tour - experience all that is great about Britain on the ultimate tour of England, Scotland and Wales. See it all, from the thriving capital cities of London, Edinburgh and Cardiff to the remote Scottish Highlands, tranquil Lake District an d spectacular Snowdonia National Park. Along the way you’ll experience diverse cultures and histories and see world-famous landmarks including Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, Cardiff Castle, the Cotswolds, Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle.View this tour
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Classic Britain - a snapshot of the countryside and historic cities of England, Scotland and Wales. Enjoy the rolling hills and thatch villages of the Cotswolds to the towering mountains and fortresses of North Wales. Pass through the lakes and dales of the English Lake District and the rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands and Yorkshire Dales. Historic cities to explore on route include Regency Bath, Medieval York, and the capital cities of Edinburgh and London.View this tour
A small group tour of Wales - join us on a five-day journey of discovery as we explore the history, heritage and natural beauty of this little nation. During this small group tour to Wales you'll absorb stunning scenery in the mountains of Snowdonia and along the coastlines of Pembrokeshire, visit ancient castle ruins, hear local legends and see the contrasting cities of tiny St Davids and the cosmopolitan capital of Cardiff.View this tour
Enjoy two countries for the price of one as you use the British rail network to explore England and Wales. Travelling in comfort enjoy the city highlights including Cardiff, London and York as well as scenic train rides through the enigmatic countryside of North Wales, the Cotwsolds and the Yorkshire dales.View this tour
A quick tour of Britain - See both cityscapes and scenic landscapes on this brief tour of Britain taking in the highlights of England Scotland and Wales. The lively pace of this 5-night tour allows you to cover a lot of Britain in a short space of time as you journey from London to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, vibrant Liverpool, historic Edinburgh and the medieval city of York before returning to London. Iconic sites are in abundance including Cardiff and Edinburgh Castles, Stonehenge, York Minster and the English Lake District.View this tour
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the contrasting cityscapes of the British capitals in Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Travelling by rail you can maximize your vacation time by gliding between these cultural centres in super-quick time.View this tour
A Driving Tour of Wales - Immerse yourself in breath-taking natural scenery and an ancient Celtic culture as you explore the diminutive nation of Wales. A land of contrasts from the cosmopolitan capital city of Cardiff to the tiny cathedral village of St Davids and from the industrial valleys of the South to the majestic snow-capped peaks Snowdonia in North Wales you’ll see it all on this journey of discovery. Along the way see untouched coastlines, medieval fortresses, meandering rivers, ancient abbeys and a host of traditional towns and villages.View this tour