Cardiff is a seaport as it's built on the tidal estuary of the River Taff. Since it's decline in coal mining, Cardiff has restored and revitalized and has done a great job in attracting tourists - such as myself.
I did some reading about Cardiff before my adventure to the UK, it was Cardiff Castle that peaked my interest, but upon arriving in Cardiff I found a city full of history and a marvelous St Fagans park and heritage center that brought history to life.
The planners of Cardiff have added new buildings that they should be proud of. It's a very progressive city but still wears it's heritage well by using the many of the beautiful old buildings for market places and revitializing the dock area.
Fondest memory: Of course St Fagans and Cardiff Castle were first on the list, but I also enjoyed the architecture in the row houses that lined the shady streets.
Fondest memory: Most of my visits to Cardiff have been for rugby games. The atmosphere in the city is great for the big games and it's a fun experience when 70,000 supporters are here. It can be difficult to find quiet spots on these occasions - to escape the crowds and find a tranquil spot, try Bute Park beside the Castle.
Cardiff Castel was built in the 12 century, is one of the very important landmark of Cardiff and is located on the very busy Castle Street.
Mar. to Oct. 10am-5pm
Nov. to Feb. 10am-4.30pm
Entry fee: around 9 pound for visiting the garden and the central little tower only.
aroung 15 pound include the inner castel. (Student ID can get discount)
The clock tower, Animal Wall (alone Castle Street), Summer smoking room, Herbert Tower, Chaucer room, Banqueting hall, Bute tower and the Roof garden.
CARDIFF CASTLE! It's an amazing experience...2000 years of history, first THE ROMANS in the 1st century AD, the THE NORMAN CONQUEST and finally JOHN BUTE... best known as the 3rd Marquess.Have a look at my travelogue for more info & pictures.
Location: Castle St. Cardiff CF10 3RB
Fondest memory: Walking along Bute Park is one of my fondest memories...it's such a beautiful park, full of colourful flowers, huge trees, and squirrels! There's a bridge above river Taff. Have a look at my travelogue for more info & pictures.
The castle has been there for nearly 2,000 years, dating from the the Romans in the Ist century AD. After the Norman Conquest the Castle's Keep was built, and a number of Medieval fortifications and dwellings followed. In 1865 the 3rd Marquess employed architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each breathtaking room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens, and Italian and Arabian decoration.As well as visiting the spectacular interiors, visitors can enjoy the Castle grounds, where peacocks, ducks and geese wander freely, and enjoy a break in the Castle Tea Rooms . Finally, a visit to the gift shop at the main entrance where you can spend all your money :-)
Open 9.30am to 4.30pm
Children and seniors: £3.15
Getting there : From junctions 29,32 and 33 of the M4 follow signs to Cardiff city centre. You are within easy walking distance of car parks, Cardiff Queen Street and Central Stations.
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.
Fondest memory: I miss the smell of Brains brewery when it was malting for a new batch of beer.