Llandaff Cathedral and Village, Cardiff
Located a couple of miles north of central Cardiff is the pretty, villagey suburb of Llandaff. The main draw card to the area is its beautiful cathedral.
The Llandaff Cathedral stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. It was built in a dip which was supposed to hide it from invaders, though this did not save it from Viking destruction back in 915.
The cathedral we see today dates back to the 12th century, and has had several additions and restorations over the years. The plain glass windows allow lots of light into the interior, showing off the bizarre giant arch across the middle of the nave. The arch holds atop a large aluminium statue of 'Christ in Majesty', and is certainly a show piece!
When we visited the church it was Sunday morning and a service was in progress, so we couldn't have a proper look inside, but I did manage to snap off a sneaky photo. We enjoyed a walk around the cathedral's exterior and little graveyard.
Llandaff is a s small picturesque village two miles northwest of Cardiff city centre. It is home to an impressive cathedral with two different towers.
Llandaff Cathedral is said to be founded in the 6th century, but rebuilt by the Normans in the 12th century. Various restorations and modifications followed in later centuries.
From Cardiff city centre I walked along the Taff Trail through Bute Pak and Sophia Gardens to Llandaff. There are also frequent bus services to Llandaff from Cardiff City Centre (# 25, 33, 62).
Hidden away in a hollow, in a village of north Cardiff is the city's Cathedral ~ Llandaff Cathedral ~ built in the 1200's.
Llandaff Village is a pleasant little place, very unlike the city centre, wrapped around a Village Green with a War Memorial, stone Village Cross, ruined Bell Tower and an ancient Bishop's Palace.
The cathedral itself is interesting and pleasant. It reveals itself very slowly and is very hard to see all of it at once. Be warned there are lots of steep steps to get to the Cathedral door. There are plenty of fierce gargoyles, pious statues and beautiful doorways on the outside. Inside you can pick up a leaflet published in many different languages, or buy a glossy guide book for 3 GBP - well worth the price IMO. The Cathedral aisles are filled with ancient, very worn tombs to departed noblemen and knights, a macabre 'memento mori' skeleton, and an old stone cross which was found built into a nearby shed wall!!
Back in the village, nearer the shops is the Bishops Palace, now open to wander around. Not much inside to see, except the old walls and a tranquil garden.
All great if you like your ancient religious history. One of only three places you can find medieval buildings in Cardiff!
To find Llandaff follow Cathedral Road out of the city centre northwest. Llandaff Village is just the other side of the Western Avenue ring road. Good Luck!!
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.
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.
The village looks very attractive and has ruins, a village square and some mediaeval buildings, as well as the Cathedral. Take a walk around.