A couple of weeks ago I spent the day in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.
Only 2 hours from London by train, Cardiff is a city very close to my heart....
I was born there and, even though we moved to London when I was 6 years old, my heart is proudly Welsh :)
Since reading the "Harry Potter" series, my son has been very keen to visit a "real" castle....
and Cardiff Castle is a very fine castle indeed.
It sits right in the centre of the city, so very easy to get to....it's also situated in beautiful grounds, inside and outside the castle, lots of room to picnic if the weather is good.
The castle itself is around 2000 years old....some of it is Roman, some Norman, some Medieval.
It's fascinating to walk around the battlements of the castle itself and then descend into the grounds where you can climb the keep which sits in the centre of the castle walls on top of the motte & bailey.
From the top of the keep you have fabulous views all over Cardiff....and you can see the sheer scale of the castle itself.
It was wonderful to be able to explore the Castle so fully, my son absolutely loved it....as did I actually, with the help of audio guides explaining the history of the Castle as we walked around, it was easy to visualise how life there once was, the sense of history was really captured....
definitely a "proper castle", my son said ;)