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Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions. Located at the heart of the capital, within beautiful parklands, the Castle’s walls and towers cover 2,000 years of history.
The Roman fort was probably established at the end of the 50s AD. After the Norman conquest, the Castle’s keep was built, re-using the site of the Roman fort.
The Castle passed through the hands of many noble families. From 1866 the 3rd Marquess of Bute hired the architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. When the Marquess died in 1900 he had transformed the Castle into a Welsh Victorian Camelot. Eventually the family decided to give the Castle and much of its parkland to the city of Cardiff. For 25 years, the Castle was home to the National College of Music and Drama. Since 1974 it has become one of Wales’ most popular visitor attractions.
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