Cardiff's Central Parks
The beautiful Bute Park provides Cardiff with greenery in the very centre of the city. Straddling the River Taff, it offers a combination of arboretum, flower gardens, recreation grounds and even some standing stones
The wide pathways accommodate both joggers and bikers, and the soccer fields are ideal for competitive and friendly matches. An established arboretum, a Stonehenge-like circle of stones, and the wide and expansive vistas make this park a haven for people exercising, studying, or relaxing.
Walking North through Bute park you come to Blackwier, here you can cross the River Taff by means of a foot bridge.
The Atlantic salmon is widespread in the British Isles. Recent improvements in water quality have allowed Atlantic salmon to return to the River Taff from which they have been absent for most of the last century. In 1997, 63,000 salmon smolts were stocked into the River Taff.
Walk through Blackweir and you come upon another of Cardif's Parks called Llandaff fields.
The park is used for a number of amatuer sporting activities such as football, cricket and rugby.
There is also a Bowls club and 2 Children's play areas.
Between Llandaff fields and Sophia Gardens is Pontcanna fields home of Cardiff Caravan Park,Cardiff Riding School and local allotments.
Home of Glamorgan CC, The Welsh cricket county.
Sophia gardens is also home to the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff Hockey club
Ninian Park - Cardiff City FC
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Which tour company
Hello, thnking of taking a 6-7 day tour of Wales in end July- August persiod. We are 4 of us. Looking for an economical but good tour. I came across www.greenwhales.net and www.dragontours.zx3.net. Anyone had any experiance with these? Any other suggestions?
Re: Which tour company
If you go to www.visitwales.com you will find a list of tour operators that are approved by Visit Wales.
Re: Which tour company
I don't know where you are coming from, but as Wales is such a small (but beautiful!) country you could easily tour it yourself in a week. If there are 4 of you it would be economical to hire a car (should be about £200 a week) We have good road, rail and coach/bus services to most areas of the country, with easy access from London airports via the M4 motorway. You can stay in Bed and Breakfast accomodation or treat yourself to a night or two at the 5 star St Davids Hotel in Cardiff Bay (I recommend the Spa!)
Some "must see" places are:-
A young and vibrant capital city. Great shopping(Victorian arcades),
ancient Castle in the centre of city with riverside/park, Cardiff Bay (Barrage, Water Taxi's/Boat Trips, upmarket clubs, restaurants, concerts, Dr Who/ Torchwood locations, Techniquest, Harry Ramsden's Fish and Chips etc), The Millenium Stadium, Roath Park, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life (open air and fascinating).The Pubs - Brains S A beer - Warning called Skull Attack by the Locals!
The Gower Peninsula (near Swansea)
Beautiful Beaches, pretty little villages.
The Pembrokeshire National Park
The only coastal National Park in the UK. Can walk for miles around the rugged coastline, stopping for a swim in a deserted cove or a pub lunch. Tenby and Saundersfoot are characterful towns with lots of places to stay and tourist amenities.
The Brecon Beacons
Wild and beautiful hill walking. Warning!! follow the paths and the advice. Many people get lost here each year and have to be rescued - but it is a glorious place to lose yourself in!!
Magnificent Snowdon - our tallest mountain, with a narrow guage railway to take you to the top.
Anglesey - island off the North Wales coast where mainly Welsh is spoken.
Beaumaris/Caernarfon Castles - Norman Castles built by the English in the 11th/12th centuries to keep the troublesome Welsh in order!
There are many other stunningly beautiful places in Wales. Google Visit Wales for more ideas and, as you will see on all the signposts when you cross the border from England, "Croeso i Gymru" (Welcome to Wales)