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Cardiff Castle

  • Earlier Houses: There have been a number of earlier buildings on the site of the current house, including a 1st century AD Roman fort.

    House & Family History: Robert, Duke of Normandy, a son of William the Conqueror, died at Cardiff Castle in 1133. The Castle was donated to the City of Cardiff in 1947 by the 5th Marquess of Bute.

  • Architect: William Burges

    Date: 1860s-70s
    Designed: Castle

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    Architect: Henry Holland

    Date: 1776
    Designed: Interiors for 1st Marquess of Bute

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    Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Date: 1778
    Designed: Grounds for 1st Marquess of Bute

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    Architect: John Prichard

    Date: 1850
    Designed: Alterations to Black Tower

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    Architect: William Frame

    Date: 1882
    Designed: Took over after death of Burges

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 84, 1855.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" (1984 - interiors, including the Summer Smoking Room).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, 15th century. Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 16th century. John Stuart, 1st Marquess of Bute, 18th century; John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by the City and County of Cardiff

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 02920-878-100

    Fax: 02920-231-417

    Email: cardiffcastle@cardiff.gov.uk

    Website: http://www.cardiffcastle.com

    Historic Houses Member: No