Thanks for popping in.
You are in for a treat today! We're visiting Cardiff Castle and there's so much to see.
From the City centre, the clock tower stretches up beside the high wall, part of it bedecked in animals, which gives hints of what might be inside but once you're through the gates, there are a number of interesting areas to excite you.
On the grass were the remnants of the previous day's festival, Joust!, colourful tents, bunting and a trebuchet set the scene. Walking high up around on the castle walls, gave great views over the City and the Castle grounds - the Keep on the grassy motte standing proud surrounded by the moat - continuing on, the many-towered House appeared from behind the trees as did the café, better make a note of that for later!
You can't get all the way round on top of the wall but there were stairs down near the North Gate. The Roman foundations can still be seen at the bottom of the restored wall showing just how old the Castle is.
|Sculpture to the Fallen Heroes|
The clock tower looks intriguing and the collection of towers that make up the house have all been added at different times for this was the 18th century residence of John Crichton-Stuart, an exceedingly wealthy man and the 3rd Marquess of Bute. He engaged Architect William Burges to turn it into a series of gothic, themed bachelor rooms, no expense spared.
Here's a better view of the house with the Millennium Stadium in the background and Bute Park off to the right.
We'll have to stop off for a refreshing cup of cranberry tea (no scone) now. Next time we'll have a look inside the house. Be prepared for a bit of glitz, as the Tour Guide said, the things that look gold, most probably are!