Photographing Cardiff Castle in South Wales
Cardiff castle is one of Wales's leading tourist attractions right in the heart of Cardiff City and is a great place to visit for family members of all ages. Especially during the summer months when kids are off school. Even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid a visit there in January 2018. The centre of the castle attraction is the keep. The keep in Cardiff Castle is reported on many websites as one of the finest in Wales. Worth visiting if you’re in Cardiff.
However, did you know that if you live in the Cardiff area, you could get a castle key card for an admin charge of only £6 per family member? The card is valued for three years and gives the holder free access. The additional small fee for the special events and house tours.
Cardiff Castle also has a great café and gift shop. Just the place for resting your feet after climbing the castle keep. The Café opens from 9 am - 4 pm. Your key card can also be used for a 10% discount in the café and gift store.
To get your key card, call into Cardiff castle with proof of your Cardiff address. Something with a photo ID, such as your driving licence, may also be beneficial to take with you. You do not need to take a photograph with you. The photograph is done for you when they issue the card.
There is a lot of information about this on the Cardiff Castle website.
So why am I telling you this? What has this got to do with photography? Well, Cardiff castle is a great place to photograph, and there are very few photography restrictions other than the use of flash. You will find that the use of flash is restricted in many tourist venues.
With my key to Cardiff castle, I took my three-year-old grandson to see and explore the many nooks and walkways of the castle. On a Sunday in February 2018, it was a cold day, but it was only a fleeting visit to get my card and take some photographs. After we walked for an hour or so, we ended up in the café munching on some welsh cakes for a little while. And get warm.
During the visit, I managed time to try out my new Fuji X100F camera I had just bought for my street photography and family snaps on days out. It’s a mirrorless and very lightweight retro-looking camera. I used only the JPG setting so that I would be able to use the classic chrome colour setting and the famous Fuji Acros black and white setting. Well, all I can say is what a camera is. Yes, you got to be into cameras to appreciate its cost of £1,300. Not cheap for a fixed-lens camera, and it's not everyone’s idea of a walk-around camera. Anyway enough Cameras and Cardiff castle. Here are a few images I took while I was there.
Fifty-odd steps just to get into the castle keep
After we walked around the castle, we briefly visited the war shelter near the cafe.
Cardiff castle war shelter
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