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Trebuchet Trouble

Cardiff CastleVisitors to Cardiff can't miss its castle.  After all it's situated right in the heart of the city.  Tours of the castle and it's impressive apartments have always been popular but today there's another reason to visit as the castle is now home to a colossal catapult known as a trebuchet. 

The trebuchet is actually a prop from the movie Ironclad, which was shot in nearby Bridgend.  Trebuchets were used in the 13th century to attack the solid walls of castles.  Using a sophisticated counter balance system, large rocks and stones could be placed in a catapult sling and hurled with such a force they could breach the strongest of fortifications and were capable of firing missiles in excess of 150 kilograms.   

The trebuchet is still in working order and is fired on special occations by the castle's 'Trebuchet Team'.  The trebuchet stands at 10 metres (approx. 35 ft high), weighs up to 6 tons and it takes 8 people to load and fire the machine.  

The next firing of the trebuchet takes place on Saturday 4 June.  More information is available from the Cardiff Castle website