You should tour Cardiff...
You should tour Cardiff Castle. It is the heart and history of the city. It provides the base to understand the pride people have in their city. From the castle you should stroll the gardens attached to enjoy the atmosphere. I miss the smell of Brains brewery when it was malting for a new batch of beer.
European Heritage Open Days
Every year at the castle there are 'Open' weekends during the summer months taking on various forms of heritage activities.
As a Cardiff Pass holder I was able to attend over the weekend of Sept 18th & 19th and was entertained by falconry displays and re-enactments by the Cardiff Castle Garrison (c. 13/14th century) and the 41st foot of the Royal Regiment of Wales in Napoleonic Dress. All of these groups are actually based at the castle.
It was great to be able to watch the Napoleonic forces fight each other in skirmish line formation with artillery support - though very noise and smoky!
The mediaeval encampment was open to visitors and it was fascinating to watch chainmail being made as well as getting your hands on the weaponry and finding out what a Fuller's Groove on a sword was. I was there on the Sunday and apparently there were supposed to be a few mediaeval skirmishes as well - but apparently too many of the guys had hurt each other the day before! Something about slipping on the wet grass... ;-)
Cardiff Riding School, Pontcanna Fields, Llandaff (tel: (029) 2038 3908), is home to about 40 horses and ponies and caters for all ages and abilities. All instructors are approved by the British Horse Society.
At last I have managed to visit Llandaff Cathedral, and discovered this interesting little town.
There are medieaval buildings, ruins and of course the cathedral which is much larger than it seems from some angles.
To reach the cathedral there are many stone steps, so beware. The facade has statues, gargoyles and interesting stone work. The gravestones are also eyecatching as is the ancient cross.
Information from Cathedral site:
The earliest parts of the present Cathedral however, date from the twelfth century when Bishop Urban built the first stone church, that being a Norman replacement for St Teilo's Little Minster.
The new Cathedral was later extended but following the Reformation, its fortunes declined. Repeated storm damage, desecration, lost revenue and prolonged neglect led to almost total ruin, before restoration during the 18th and 19th centuries. Extensive and severe war damage in 1941 necessitated major rebuilding and restoration. Under the architect George Pace, this challenging task was begun and it included the installation of Jacob Epstein's Christ in Majesty surmounted on a parabolic arch, Within its walls stand the tombs of St Dyfrig and St Teilo - two of the Cathedral's Celtic Patron Saints. In addition the Cathedral contains work by medieval, pre-Raphaelite, Victorian and contemporary artists and craftsmen, including Rossetti's The Seed of David and John Piper's The Supper at Emmaus
There is a Shop , and Wheelchair access.
The Cathedral is open daily from approximately 9.00am to 7.00pm.
There are frequent Bus Services to Llandaff from Cardiff City Centre as follows:
• Route 25, 33, 33A & 62 from Cardiff Central Railway/Bus Station
Road access to the Cathedral is straightforward as follows:
• From City Centre - At Cardiff Castle, drive West and cross River Taff; turn right into Cathedral Road (A4119) and follow signs to Llandaff.
A day at the Races...Chepstow
Chepstow Racecourse - a unique and versatile leisure venue set in the beautiful Wye Valley in an easily accessible location, close to Cardiff
Monmouthshire NP6 5YH
By Road: The racecourse is on the A466, Chepstow to Monmouth road not far from the Severn Bridge, and can be reached by exiting the M48 at junction 22. Free parking is available.