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“Well laid out Museum”

Firing Line - Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier
Ranked #70 of 158 things to do in Cardiff
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Owner description: Firing Line, Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier is highly innovative and interactive in providing access to the proud and distinguished service of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh, which stretches over 300 years and continues in Afghanistan today. An Independently run Museum located in Cardiff Castle, we aim to preserve past and present history for future generations to understand why ordinary people are prepared to do extraordinary things and carry out outstanding acts of bravery. Admission to the Firing Line Museum forms part of admission to Cardiff Castle. The Firing Line Museum is fully accessible with wheelchair and pushchair access to the museum via the lift located in Cardiff Castle Interpretation Centre. Our exhibition text is also located at a wheelchair friendly height. A family friendly cafe is located within the Interpretation Centre.
Chepstow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Well laid out Museum”
Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

A very interesting and informative museum, charting the history if the Welsh soldier. I learned some facts I didn't know, but was very surprised at the two mislabeled rifles in the WW 1 & 2 cabinets. A Short Magazine Lee Enfield had become a "Short Lee Enfield" and a Mk III* SMLE was labelled as a Mk 4 Lee Enfield. Sorry to be picky, but these are two of the most iconic and recognisable rifles of the British Army! Don't let that put you off though. It is worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Rachel S, Museum Curator at Firing Line - Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Thank you for your review of the Firing Line Museum. I was really pleased to hear that you felt the museum was well worth a visit.

Thank you also for the feedback regarding the mis-labelled artefacts. This is duly noted and we are actively looking into amending these issues as soon as possible.

We have a changing temporary exhibition programme, hosting two temporary exhibitions that are designed and developed in-house. During the Centenary of the First World War we will also be hosting a joint exhibition in partnership with the National Army Museum in London. I hope that you will come back and visit us again for that!
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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1,083 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 496 helpful votes
“Good experience”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

This castle was repurposed in the 19th century as a living and entertaining space for a wealthy coal magnate but still retains the original walls, some originally built by the Romans, and castle keep so you can enjoy a splendid example of architecture and design in good taste if also wretched excess in a unique structure.

Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 21 August 2013

Being an ex member of 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards, I visit the museum as often as I can. I must confess that I was a big fan of the separate museums of QDG and R WELSH, however am also aware of the reasons behind the 'merge'. The staff at the museum are very knowledgeable and the displays outline the service Welsh soldiers have provided to Crown and Country through the years. A very educational and highly recommended location to visit in our Nations capital.

Visited July 2013
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Rachel S, Museum Curator at Firing Line - Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, responded to this review, 25 September 2013
Dear David

Thank you for your review of the Firing Line Museum. It is always nice to hear that people have enjoyed their time at the museum and have found our staff to be helpful and knowledgeable.

The merger between 1st the Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh came at a time when all military museums were encouraged to re-address how they work together. As the British Army structure changes, so too does the museum network. However it has been an entirely positive experience bringing together the story of Cavalry and Infantry alongside each other.

We try to showcase reserve collections via our changing exhibitions programme, developing two in-house temporary exhibitions every year. The period 2014-2018 promises to be an exciting one highlighting joint exhibitions in partnership with the National Army Museum commemorating the anniversary of the First World War and the Battle of Waterloo in 2015. I hope that you will come along and see what we have planned and have just as good an experience as your first one in the museum.
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“Lots to see”
Reviewed 14 July 2013 via mobile

It felt like a bit of an add-on although it really shouldn't be.

This was a very interesting exhibition and the staff were helpful and eager to pass on their knowledge.

After several hours touring the site of the castle we felt to exhausted to appreciate it fully. I recommend starting here & then doing the rest of the castle.

Visited July 2013
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FLCurator, Museum Curator at Firing Line - Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
Hello,

Thank you for your review of the Firing Line Museum. I was delighted to read that you had enjoyed your visit and had found our staff to be helpful. Our main objective at the museum is that our staff engage with our visitors to help them enjoy the history of the Welsh soldier and of our two Regiments, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh.

The Firing Line Museum is actually an Independent Museum located in the Interpretation Centre at Cardiff Castle, which opened in February 2010. We are a Registered Charity and rely on the support of our visitors and charitable donations to operate. We have a changing temporary exhibitions programme and are currently making plans for the commemoration of the First World War between 2014 and 2018.

I do hope that you will visit us again soon! Rachel Silverson, Museum Curator
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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“Great place to visit if you ever wanna go site seeing”
Reviewed 1 March 2013

I thought the castle was excellent for Cardiff lots to learn in there about the castle as I know poeople from there its great for new people to go site seeing in there

Visited October 2012
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