Explore Cardiff Castle's Arab Room in 360

Wednesday 31 January 2018

In the tower of Cardiff Castle in Wales you enter into the unexpected, Arab Harem-style room - explore it now with our 360-degree imagery...

Explore inside Cardiff CastleExplore inside Cardiff Castle - just click on the image! (360 photography by Rod Edwards)
 

This somewhat eccentric addition to the castle was constructed in the 1880s for the castle owner John Crichton-Stuart, third Markis of Bute. Described as the ultimate in interior design, the Arab Room is unique, even among the big halls, gardens and tree-lined libraries that the architect William Burgess also created. The castle itself dates back to at least the 11th century, and there was a Roman fort in the spot before that. When Chrichton-Stuart moved in, he gave Burgess free reign to play with his passion for gothic and medieval design, along with some romantic Victorian visions.

Throughout the building you can see eclectic architectural and cultural influence under the imaginative ceiling paintings. Burgess died in April 1881 before the Arab Room was completely finished and Chrichton-Stuart got the words "John Marquess of Bute built this in 1881. William Burgess designed it" cut into the fireplace in Latin. See if you can find it!

How to get there

Cardiff Castle is in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and you can see it as part of the Cardiff City Sightseeing tour.

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