Churchills Hotel

Cardiff Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2AD, United Kingdom
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castle coch and hotels

by deanclarke

ive drove past going to work in cardiff from birmingham and thought id visit the castle with my girlfriend as i think its quite romantic and fairytale looking would any body be able to recomend me anywhere to stay nearby for a weekend please i would be most greatful.

Re: castle coch and hotels

by leics

It is a pretty place, though not a 'real' castle: it's really a Victorian folly (1870). There was once a proper 13th-century castle there, and some little bits of it remain.

Accommodation nearby:

I think staying in Somerset would be lovely (and nipping over the Severn bridge to visit). Or maybe somewhere like Chepstow, or perhaps the South Wales valleys (the Big Pit mining museum at Blaenafon is a fantastic experience). Or the Forest of Dean.

Re: castle coch and hotels

by dave.richards

Castell Coch# (Red Castle)is only a few miles from Caerphilly where the largest castle in Wales can be found. If the weather's good then a walk around it's grounds is a great way to pass a couple of hours.

Don't stay on the English side of the bridge as it'll cost you £5 (I think, may be more) To cross over into Wales.

Go to the Hilton hotel web site for great weekend deals. Also Google 'boutique hotels in Wales'. There are a couple in fairly close proximity to Cardiff.

# It's said that Walt Disney used Castell Coch as his fairy cartoon drawing at the start of his films.

Re: castle coch and hotels

by leics

Interestingly (or not) it's also said that he used the castle in Carcassonne.

A bit more likely, imo, but who can say?

Re: castle coch and hotels

by dave.richards

And the Spanish say he used one of their castles. Look at the Walt Disney castle (or Google images) when its one next and it is similar to Castell Coch. Well, I think so anyway.

Re: castle coch and hotels

by leics

Nah, not really any more like Castell Coch than it is like any other castle with pointy bits.

Based on Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, with fiddly French additions, according to Wiki.

Re: castle coch and hotels

by dave.richards

Lol. Maybe I'm biased Leics. I drive past it every day on the way to uni. Or maybe it's the romantic in me that's showing through the mantle!

Re: castle coch and hotels

by chrismaynard

Castel Coch was designed by William Burgess and its interior is wonderful. Burgess also designed the more spectaculor interior of Cardiff Castle. Try one of the hotels in Cathedral Road. The Beaufort is excellent. Otherwide go for a chain hotel. A really cheap hotel is the Etap in central Cardiff (the cheap end of the Novotel Chain). It's only £45 for a double room and better than you'd think. You can walk from the Etap and Novotel to Cardiff Bay.

Travel Tips for Cardiff

Architecture in Cardiff

by tvor

There was one style of architecture that i noticed a lot in Cardiff, especially in the residential areas but many churches and city center buildings also seemed to use it as well. Style may not be the right word, but what seems to be a common construction is using darker gray stone for the building with a trim on the corners and windows and doors using a light white stone as a highlight. I found it very pleasing to the eye.

The majority of the buildings in Cardiff date from the Victorian era when the city was rejuvenated quite a bit. There is also a lot of red sandstone. And don't forget to look up, there are lots of carvings and embellishments around the roofs and corners of buildings.

St David Day

by mustertal

St David ( his name in Welsh is Dewi Sant), is the patron saint of Wales. He was a Celtic monk, bishop and abbot as well as the archbishop of Wales, who lived in the sixth century.
They celebrate St Davids day in the first day of March.
It's customary for the men to wear a leak and the ladies a daffodil.

Rugby,Rugby and more Rugby

by mustertal

Cardiff Blues.

I must tell you about rugby in Cardiff, yes, I know, there is the Millennium Stadium, a state of the art stadium holding International matches and Concerts. Right next door to this Stadium is Cardiff Arms Park, the home of Cardiff rugby club. They are the Cardiff Blues and the Cardiff Blue and Blacks. This club is 176 years old, so it's quite an institute in the City.
Guest are welcome in the upstairs lounge and you are always assured of a warm welcome.
The children have their own club house and get a chance to meet the players.
They have a good supporters club and run trips to most away games. Cardiff RFC have a small museum where you can see their many trophy's and learn about the club's history, just ask to be let in, as for security reasons it is often kept locked.
At the club shop you can buy the team shirts and souvenirs of your visit.

Village of Llandaff

by tvor

It's a bit out of the way, you'll need to take a bus from the city center but the little village of Llandaff is charming. It's main claim to fame is the Cathedral but there is also a pretty little walled in greenspace with ruins of an old Bishop's Palace as well.

I love cathedrals and churches so we took the 15 minute bus ride out to see this one. It's down a bit of a steep hill to the Cathedral Close but in the end, i wasn't very impressed with it. It's very old but there are new things built in it and they don't really fit in well with their surroundings i don't think. The worst is this huge concrete arch thing over the Nave with a tall cylinder circled with gilt carvings. Ugly Ugly Ugly! But that's just my opinion. Go see for yourself. The surrounding area is certainly pretty and there are some lovely looking pubs on the main street to have a leisurely lunch.

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village

by percy961

At Cosmeston Lakes Country park you will find over 90ha of lakes, woodlands and meadows open to the public all the year round. A place you can relax, walk and take a closer look at nature. The park was formerly a Limestone quarry, when quarrying ceased in 1970, under ground springs flooded parts of the area, creating lakes and wet lands. The quarry spoil areas were landscaped and together with the lakes form the main features of the park which you can see today. Why not take the opportunity to explore the contrasting wildlife areas? Walk along the boardwalk through tall Bulrushes and Reed beds or through a fine broad-leaved woodland seeing a variety of birds, also foxes grey squirrels and many other animals may be seen in their natural habitat.


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Address: Cardiff Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2AD, United Kingdom