Day Trip Report – Cardiff Castle (September 2017)

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ and I’m Tim Bradley!

Last weekend on Saturday the 23rd of September, my parents and I went on a day trip to visit Cardiff Castle. I have been to Cardiff Castle before, but I was young then and my memories of that visit were vague. It was nice to visit the castle again; see what was there and to take some photos of the place.

Here’s how the day went. It was rather overcast to begin with, but it got better later on with a sunny afternoon. My parents and I were given maps of Cardiff Castle to see what was there. It was handy to have these maps and we made the most of our time visiting the castle on that particular Saturday.

First of all, we went to the Norman Keep. It was pretty high up and my parents and I climbed up a lot of steps to get to the top of the Keep. We enjoyed the view and I took photos of what was about in the castle area. The Keep is on this island surrounded by a moat of water and has a courtyard inside.

We next saw the North Gate. That was quite high up as well and we took some photos of the view, as well as photos of me and my parents on top of the North Gate. It was pretty adventurous, as the steps were pretty steep in both the Norman Keep and at the North Gate when we climbed up them.

We then visited the ‘Wartime Shelters’, which was a highlight for me as we saw many wartime posters and exhibits on display down some long dark tunnels with wartime audio in the background. It put me in mind of ‘Dad’s Army’ and the TV series ‘Family of War’, which we’re currently watching.

By noon, it was sunny and my parents and I enjoyed tea and biscuits in the cafe. We eventually visited the ‘Firing Line’ museum, which is a museum of the Welsh soldier. This was very impressive, as it had a lot of exhibits and displays showing the history of soldiers fighting in wars over the years.

We eventually walked along the battlements, taking advantage of the sunshine that afternoon before we visited the Castle Apartments. The Castle Apartments were also impressive as there was a dining room inside as well as libraries of books by famous authors Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

It was great to visit Cardiff Castle that day and a nice day trip out for my parents and me. I’m pleased the weather we had was pleasant and it was very interesting to see the castle in both historical and visual perspectives. It’ll be nice to visit Cardiff Castle again and take in some more historical content.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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