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Cardiff & Newport - Panoramic Cardiff & the Castle (full or half day)

Your tour today takes you to the Wales’ capital city, Cardiff where on arrival enjoy a panoramic tour of the city, followed by a visit to Cardiff Castle. The Castle began life as a Roman Fort in AD 75, and after the Norman Conquest, the Castle's Keep was built and a number of mediaeval fortifications and dwellings followed. The Castle fell into the possession of many noble families, until, in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world's greatest coal exporting port. The Castle and the Bute fortune passed to his son John, the 3rd Marquess, who by the 1860's was reputed to be the richest man in the world. From 1866 the 3rd Marquess employed the genius architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each breathtaking room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration.

As well as visiting the spectacular interiors, visitors can enjoy the Castle grounds, where peacocks, ducks and geese wander freely, and enjoy a break in the Castle Tea Rooms which offers a warm welcome for coffees, light lunches and afternoon tea.

Cardiff Castle is located right in the city centre, and after your visit, there is plenty of time available for further independent explorations and shopping. At the end of the afternoon, return to Newport and to your ship.

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Tours in Cardiff & Newport

Tintern Abbey & Monmouth
Panoramic Cardiff & the Castle

Ports in Wales

Cardiff & Newport
Milfordhaven & Fishguard