Jarvis Wentloog Hotel

Newport Road, Castleton, Cardiff, MO CF3
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Tiger Bay

by morgac02

I grew up in Cardiff and never really knew the reason why Tiger Bay was called Tiger Bay, can you please give the reason behind this name

Re: Tiger Bay

by aaaarrgh

"Quickly developing a fearsome reputation for its hard-drinking rough house boozers, Tiger Bay is said to have been named after the fast swirling waters in the Bristol Channel which reminded sailors of 'raging tigers'"

Sounds a bit far fetched but that's the best I can come up with

Re: Tiger Bay

by dave.richards

I searched for the origin of the name and the answer given by 'aaaagh' is what I came up with too.
If you're from Tiger Bay, do you remember 'Two Ton, Tessy O'shea'? A landlady I stayed with years ago used to go to the same dance school as Tessy. When she was young (and she was 80 when I knew her, 30 years ago) the local police would stop her and her friends from going down the Bay if it was dark as it was too dangerous.
There were pubs every other building and prostitutes stood on nearly every street corner.

Re: Tiger Bay

by uglyscot

I've not heard mention of Tessie O'Shea for aeons!

Re: Tiger Bay

by dave.richards

I used to stay in digs with a chap and his wife a few years ago. His wife went to the same dance school as Tesse and they grew up together.

Travel Tips for Cardiff

Because of my 'poor' English,...

by Porteplume

Because of my 'poor' English, some lines from the WEB:Situation: Carreg Cennen, located north of Swansea, a few miles south-east of Llandeilo on a minor road off the A483. Spell-binding views are waiting to be experienced from the sharp hilltop upon which the castle sits. Indeed, Carreg Cennen dominates its surroundings, and seems out of place in the mountainous farming terrain which it commands. The hedgerows along the minor approach road initially obscure views of the site, but suddenly the grey stone fortress springs into your line of sight, enticing you to hurry onwards.Carreg Cennen was built as a Welsh stronghold by the ruler of Deheubarth in the turbulant era of the Welsh princes. It fell to Edward 1st in 1277 and remained in English hands apart from a brief recapture in 1282 by Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and in 1287 by Rhys ap Maredudd. It was taken once more by Owain Glyndwr in the 14th century and then fell into disrepair after the Welsh uprisings failed. Garrisons remained there well into the 15th century but the castle was eventually demolished to prevent its use by bandits.
Carreg Cennen's most notable features are its romantic setting and the existence of a large limestone cave which runs under the castle and was made integral to the fortification.

Local VTers

by diocletianvs

Cardiff is one of those cities that has its own local "VT Welcoming Commitee". Sean (aaaarrgh) was kind enough to offer the organizing logistics as soon as I announced my arrival. He may have had some troubles announcing the news (related to geography ;) but his choice of places in the Cardiff bay was great - from the architecturally interesting bar to culinary interesting Chinese restaurant.

Other members of the local Welcoming Committee were Vicki (Myfanwe), Morgan (Lamb_Chop) and Gwilym (M0B1US) and they all made the evening very pleasant. (They did convince me that I didn't have enough Brains so I had to try to find them, but it seems this is a local custom here.)

Thank you all!

Best Stadium in Britain/Planet Earth?

by aaaarrgh

The Wales Millennium Stadium cost £100million to build and brought the construction company to its knees! The stadium is currently the best in Britain and, until there is a decent stadium in London, hosts many of the British football finals. It seats almost 75,000 people. Its first event in 1999 was to host the Rugby World Cup. It is the main home for the Wales rugby and football teams.

The stadium has a roof that can close! Well, only when we want it to, as the South African rugby team found recently when it was left open deliberately to let the rain in!! Wales are used to getting muddy on the rugby field!!! On 31 December 1999 the stadium hosted the world’s largest indoor rock concert.

The stadium is superb because of its location. It is 2 minutes walk from the main train and bus station. When a big event happens part of the city centre is closed to traffic. The roads around the Civic Centre become an enormous coach park.

Above all, the stadium is great for sport!! Wherever you sit, you get a tremendous view of the action. From the upper levels, it feels like you are directly above the pitch. This is what makes the stadium great. I have fond memories of watching Wales beat Italy and Argentina at football :)

Some other people have mixed feelings. Wales’ only Olympic-sized swimming pool was demolished to make way for the Stadium. Car traffic can be bad on match days. It is difficult to get out of Cardiff by car after events (so stay the night, or come by train!). Shopkeepers think that stadium events keep shoppers away. Personally I love being able to wander down the middle of a street!!

Of course, there are never enough bars or toilets in this place. The queue’s can sometimes be very long.

There are also regular tours of the Stadium. I’ve seen other people say they are not worth it. So buy an event ticket instead to see the stadium in action!

Take a walk along the new River Walk which snakes along beside the ...erm ...river and is open most days. Large multicoloured jester's hat - they are usually on sale around Cardiff on match days :))

Aberdulais Falls - a National...

by CarolynShort

Aberdulais Falls - a National Trust attraction illustrating the history of these waterfalls, used for centuries for energy to power metal production on the site. Situated on the A4109, 2 miles north east of Neath at Aberdulais. Tel: +44 1639 636674. Entrance Fee = approx. £3.

Ross on wye, England

by Carmela71

One day excursion with Goodrich castle and Moumoth

We pick up Olga at Birmingham and on the way down to Cardiff we stopped in these places.

I loved the city, it looks as if was frozen in time. Until the noise of the cars lol brought me to reality hehehehe


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