Firing Line: The Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier


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The Interpretation Centre Cardiff Castle Cardiff
Cardiff
South Glamorgan
CF10 3RB
Wales

  • General Enquiries: 029 2087 3623
  • Curatorial Enquiries: 029 20 788 598
  • Research Enquiries: 029 20 788 369
  • Education Enquiries: 029 20 788 584

The museum is housed within the fully accessible Interpretation Centre of Cardiff Castle and tells the story of the Welsh Soldier through the history of two of Wales' oldest and most distinguished regiments, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh. Soldiers from these two Regiments - one Cavalry, the other Infantry - have taken part in virtually all of Britain's major conflcits over the past 300 years, and their story provides a detailed backdrop to Britain's military history since the 17th Century. Campaigns include the Battle of Ramillies in 1706, the Battle of Waterloo, the Anglo-Zulu wars of 1879 as well as both World Wars. Other permanent and temporary displays illustrate the reality of service today in some of the most dangerous places in the world. The Museum provides a deep understanding of the history of the Welsh Soldier, and of why ordinary people are prepared to carry out extraordinary and outstanding acts of courage and selfless commitment.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Open every day except Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day March - October 9.00am - 18.00 pm (Last entry 17.00) November - February 9.00am -17.00pm ( Last entry 16.00) 10.00am on Sundays and Bankholidays

Charges:

Adult £12 Child (Aged 5 - 16) £9 Senior £10.50 Student £10.50 Adult Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children) £36 Senior Family Ticket (2 Seniors, 2 Children) £33 Under 5s FREE

Travel directions:

Firing Line is an exciting and interactive Museum situated within a spacious and airy purpose built environment inside the grounds of Cardiff Castle. The Museum benefits from its immediate proximity to the public exhibitions at Cardiff Castle, which it both complements and expands upon. Directions Cardiff Castle is situated in the centre of the city and easy to find. •By car: from M4, exit junction 32 and follow the A470 to Cardiff city centre. Please use the city centre car parks or on-street meter parking. See map below. •By train and bus: Cardiff Central Station is located just 10 minutes' walk away. Local bus services X2, 96 and 96a stop outside the Castle. For more details of public transport, see Traveline website www.traveline-cymru.info or call 0871 200 22 33. •A Waterbus service is available from Cardiff Bay www.aquabus.co.uk and stops at Bute Park, only 3 minutes walk from the Castle entrance. •By bike: nearest cycle route NCR8 passes through the Civic Centre, only 2 minutes' ride from the Castle entrance. •On foot: look for the finger post signs around the city centre. The Castle entrance is on the junction of Castle Street and High Street. •By air: Cardiff International airport is 23 km or 15 miles away. Take bus X91 from the airport to city centre. •For Sat Nav: Cardiff Castle postcode is CF10 3RB - OS reference: ST 180 766

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Education facilities available
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Shop
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Conference facilities available
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Cafeteria
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Mail order service available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups

Facilities information:

Accessible Toilets and Babychanging facilities are located on the Second Floor of the Interpretation Centre.

Services:

  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students

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