Posted by: RasmaSandra | May 4, 2022

Lovely Cardiff

In our armchair travels about Northern Europe we have arrived in Wales. Our first stop is the capital and largest city, Cardiff.

Cardiff Castle was built on top of a nearly 2000-year-old Roman fortification. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Wales. Some of the castle’s oldest sections date back to the 10th century. Among the highlights are the State Apartments. The rooms are full of interesting displays and information that relates to the people who once lived there. Other highlights include the chapel, the clock tower, and the Banqueting Hall, full of artwork and murals. You can join a guided tour.

When visiting Cardiff Castle stop by to see the well-preserved Victorian shopping arcades. These dissect the city center and are old covered pedestrian thoroughfares letting visitors enjoy shopping indoors. The oldest of the arcades is the Royal Arcade dating from 1858.

Cardiff Bay is a wonderful area to explore and covers most of the former dockyards. The Cardiff Bay redevelopment is one of the largest in Europe. Among the highlights is Techniquest, an interactive science center kids love. There are many hands-on and learning experiences.

Visit the historic Norwegian Church where the author of classic children’s stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl worshipped. Named in honor of the author is the Roald Dahl Plass, a public square.

Senedd Welsh Assembly Building Cardiff Bay Cardiff South Towns And Villages

Among the newest structures of Cardiff Bay is The Senedd, housing the government offices of the country.

Wales Millennium Centre offers art and culture with many different performances like classical music, opera, ballet, and modern dance. The facility also offers educational events, lectures, and workshops. Guided tours are available.

The National Museum Cardiff is housed in the Civic Center Building. The museum offers displays about the history of Wales with collections that relate to archaeology and include amazing displays of Bronze Age weaponry. The large art gallery has paintings by Impressionists like Monet and Picasso and Rodin sculptures.

You can enjoy a rugby match at the Principality Stadium at Cardiff Arms Park. You can also get a guided tour that takes you behind the scenes.

Roath Park is one of the best parks in Cardiff to take a walk or run in. It is a large park with such highlights as the Nant Fawr Stream formed into a beautiful 30-acre lake. Along the lake are many benches to sit on and spots for picnics. You can go out on the water rowing or fishing. The park has a lovely lighthouse. There is a conservation area that is home to birds and waterfowl and the “Wild Garden” features lovely paths to walk on.

Roath Park, Cardiff, Wales, U.K.

The Botanic Garden has a wonderful collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers.
Recreational activities include tennis, basketball, and lawn bowls.

Llandaff Cathedral was built in the 1300s and is a lovely landmark. There is an impressive 15th-century tower and you can take a self-guided or guided tour to see the lovely features in the interior of the church.

St Fagans National Museum of History is an amazing open-air attraction like a living museum with costumed characters demonstrating traditional skills and crafts that helped to shape Wales. Among the highlights are many original and reproduction buildings among them farmhouses and cottages, gardens, workshops and mills.

Caerphilly Castle is a short 15-minute drive north of the city. It dates from 1628 and is the largest castle in the country. Among its notable features are two huge drawbridges. There are displays of old weaponry and armour.

Castell Coch also called the Red Castle is 200-years old and looks like a Cinderella-type castle with turrets and towers. There are interesting carvings of creatures and religious icons among them from well-known fairy tales, Displays let visitors get a virtual exploration of the castle’s unique history.

Adventurers will enjoy Cardiff International White Water which was built for the 2012 Olympics. It lets everyone enjoy water sports like a family rafting trip or a wild ride in a canoe or kayak. Children can enjoy Paddle School. Extreme sports include surfing, canyoning, and bodyboarding.

Cardiff City Hall dates back to 1906. It is used for events and functions and is open to visitors. The impressive interiors date back to Edwardian times. Among the highlights is the famous Marble Hall with marble statues and columns. The Assembly Room held ceremonies with dignitaries and royalty. There is an art collection in the old council chambers.

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