Visitors 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