On various trips to Europe, I never took any castles tours.
However, on my last trip to Cardiff, Wales, and London I decided to fulfill the inner Disney kid in me and visit various castles.
My first stop was Cardiff Castle in Wales. Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city center of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.
Inside the castle apartments. These ceilings are made out of real gold.
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 room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration.
It was sooooooo cold!
This is the largest castle in Whales!
The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. It has the most elaborate water defences in all Britain – it occupies around 30 acres, and is the second largest castle in Britain. It is famous for having introduced concentric castle defences to Britain and for its large gatehouses.
As you can see the weather was not the best for pics.
The castle security does not allow pictures to be taken inside the castle, which is unfortunate because it was so incredible!
My last tour was Dover Castle and the White Cliffs.
Dover Castle is a medieval castle in Dover, Kent, England. It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.
Every photo this coat was on repeat because it was freezing!
The last stop was White Cliffs of Dover
Just behind this picture is France!
Please leave in the comments below any castles you think I should visit next!
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