The Winter Smoking Room, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Glamorgan.
The Winter Smoking Room is located inside the Castle's Clock Tower and was completed in 1874, as part of the expansion of the Castle by the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect, William Burges.
A smoking room was generally used as an entertainment space for the gentlemen of the household, a place to retire after dinner to smoke, drink and play parlour games. The buffet on the east wall contains plenty of storage space for both alcohol and cigars.
As this room was intended for gentlemen only a carved monster was installed above the door on the outside of the room. This was to frighten any ladies and to disuade them from entering.