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    Doctor Who Experience

    by himalia11 Updated Jul 28, 2013

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    The Doctor Who Experience is definitely a great sight for fans of the Doctor Who TV series which is produced since 1963. This series is not so well known in Germany, but I’ve seen a decent amount of the newer episodes, so this was an interesting visit. It starts with a short film, and then you are led with a group of people through a kind of Doctor Who adventure and walk from room to the next – or shall I better say you fly with the TARDIS from one universe and time to the next? Yes, it’s quite crazy, but also funny if you know the series!
    At the end of the tour you'll reach an exhibition with the costumes of all the Doctors, the various monsters & aliens and much more. Here, you can take all the time you need and visit it on your own pace. It’s pretty interesting if you like that series!

    Admission: adults 15,-, children 11,-. Cheaper if you book online.
    Open daily from 9am to 5pm, first entry at 10am, last entry at 3:30pm.

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    Arcades

    by himalia11 Written Jul 28, 2013

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    Cardiff has many shopping arcades, some of them pretty old. The oldest is the “Royal Arcade” which was opened in 1856. There are several others from the late 19th and early 20th century, and I found it nice to stroll through those arcades with the old buildings. It felt like they had simply covered the old town. But there are also a few modern arcades, like the Queens Arcade.

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    Take The Aquabus

    by Balam Written Jun 26, 2013

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    You can get the Aquabus from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay for £3 it takes about 20 minutes and is a really nice way to get there, I have tried a few times to go on it but it has not been running (only seemed to operate weekdays in season and weather, river swells permitting) look out for the sign boards, if they are out then its running.
    I really enjoyed the trip and next time I'm in Cardiff and want to go to the bay I will definitely use the Aquabus.

    Aquabus Millenium Stadium Bird watching Cardiff Bay
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    St David's Cathedral

    by spidermiss Updated May 26, 2013

    This Catholic Cathedral was designed, built and opened on this site between 1882-87 to serve the growing Catholic community in the city and it is dedicated to St David, Wales' Patron. The church was designed by Augustus Pugin, an architecture renowned for his Gothic designs and he had designed the Houses of Parliament in London.

    As well as the Church there was also a convent, a school and a community hall at the end of the 19th Century and most of the 20th Century. The church suffered damage during World War which caused considerable damage and a nearby temporary venue had to be sought. After World War II the church was restored to its former self and re-opened in 1959.

    Further information about the catherdral can be found by clicking onto this link.

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    Civic Centre (Known as Cathays Park)

    by spidermiss Updated May 24, 2013

    This is Cardiff's Civic Area which has a number of listed Edwardian buildings and other civic buildings:

    These include (Please click on the individual links for further information):
    Temple of Peace
    Cardiff City Hall
    National Museum and Gallery of Wales (External Website)
    Cardiff University Campus (consist of several buildings including Bute Building, Glamorgan Building)
    Cardiff Crown Court
    Cardiff Central Police Station
    Welsh Government Headquarters

    There are also formal gardens including:
    Gorsedd Gardens/Friary Gardens
    Alexandra Gardens

    The Civic Centre (Cathays Park) is known by The Pevsner architectural guide as 'the finish civic centre in the British Isles'. The area was previously owned the Marquees of Bute who sold some of acres to the local Council on the condition for the area to be used for civic, cultural and educational purposes and also strict about the landscape design. From then on buildings were designed (through competitions) and built at the beginning of the 20th Century.

    I enjoyed having a wander around the Civic Centre (Cathays Park) although it was very busy. It seems to be haven for visitors to Cardiff City Centre to park their cars! On a future visit I would love to visit the National Museum and Art Gallery of Wales.

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    Cardiff City Hall

    by spidermiss Updated May 22, 2013

    This Edwardian building, built in an English Renaissance style,opened soon after Cardiff received its city status in 1906. The 194 foot high clock tower dominates the City Hall and in 1969 the specially designed fountain and pool in front of the building were added to commemorate Prince Charles as Prince of Wales's Investiture.

    The City Hall hosts a variety of events from private to civic ones and is licensed for marriage and civic ceremonies. International events such as the European Council meeting was held in 1998 attended by state leaders.

    There is further information about the City Hall including it's interiors on its website.

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    Glamorgan Building

    by spidermiss Updated May 21, 2013

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    This Edwardian Building was the former County Hall which is now occupied by Cardiif University's faculty of Social Sciences and also School of City and Regional Planning. The building was designed by architects Vincent Harris and Thomas Anderson Moodie in 1911, following their win from the design competition for the building, and 1912 was the year which it opened.

    The building's notable features are the statues by Albert H. Hodge which represented Glamorgan's wealth, coal mining and navigation. An extension was built at the back of Glamorgan Building to accommodate the demands of local authority following the Local Government Act in 1929. From then on until 2009 Council offices had occupied the building including Glamorgan Record Office.

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    Bute Building

    by spidermiss Updated May 21, 2013

    Percy Thomas and Ivor Jones, architect, designed this neoclassical building in 1911 for the original Cardiff Technological College. The building opened in 1913 and today is part of the Cardiff University campus and also the Welsh School of Architecture and Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

    Bute Building is occupied by Cardiff University and is a Grade II listed building[1] in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales. It currently houses the Welsh School of Architecture and the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

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    Temple of Peace

    by spidermiss Updated May 21, 2013

    The Temple of Peace was opened in 1938 and today is a Grade II listed building. Lord Davies Davies founded the temple and his aim was to promote ideals of peace and health following Word War I and he dedicated this building in memory of those who lost their lives during the war.

    The building was designed by Sir Percy Thomas who won a British Bronze Medal for design and its international use of materials. The building includes of a crypt and Welsh National Book of Remembrance dedicated to those who died in the Great War and a Council Chamber.

    The building's first occupants were League of Nations Union Welsh National Council and the King Edward VII National Memorial Association. Today it now houses the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and NHS Wales. Temple of Peace was a venue for the 1998 European Council's Summit Meeting and conference facilities are available.

    The building was used for a number of television programmes including Dr Who and Cold Blood.

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    St John the Baptist City Parish Church

    by spidermiss Updated May 20, 2013

    This church goes back the 12th Century and is the second oldest building in use in the city after Cardiff Castle. The church is well known for its volunteer run Tea Room which is opened Monday to Saturday. Please check out the website for further history and for services for worship, concerts and special events.

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    The Cardiff Story & Information Centre

    by spidermiss Updated May 20, 2013

    I visited the interesting exhibition about how Cardiff was transformed from a Roman Settlement in 55AD to a modern and cosmopolitan capital since 1955. I learnt a lot about the River Taff and how it played a strategic role in transporting goods to Cardiff as this was considered a safer option than via land. It was also interesting to know that Cardiff Bay became one of the World's biggest ports with its successful iron and coal industries during the 19th Century.

    I recommend visiting The Cardiff Story if you're interested in learning the history of Cardiff. The exhibition is free and please check out their website for further information including opening times.

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    Sightseeing Bus Tour

    by Balam Updated Mar 20, 2013

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    The Cardiff City Sightseeing bus is a great way to see the main sights if you are short of time.
    The tour takes about 50 mins and buses are every 30 minutes from 10:00 am
    The buses are open top which is great when it's sunny but a bit cold when its not but you can always sit inside, especially if it's raining!
    The tours start at the Castle but your ticket is hop on hop off so you can get off explore and get back on another bus and carry on with the tour, tickets also last 24 hours so you can take your time.
    I have to say that i really enjoyed it, i have been to all the main places that the bus passes before, some many times but it does give yo a different perspective and you get to find out some things you did not know also things about buildings that you would normally not look at or realise what they once were.

    The Stops are:

    Stop 1 - Cardiff Castle
    Stop 2 - National Museum of Wales
    Stop 3 - Fitzalan Place (Mercure Hotel)
    Stop 4 - Tyndall Street
    Stop 5 - Cardiff Bay
    Stop 6 - Mermaid Quay
    Stop 7 - Techniquest
    Stop 8 - Craft In The Bay
    Stop 9 - Lloyd George Avenue
    Stop 10 - Custom House Street
    Stop 11 - St Marys Street
    Stop 12 - Millennium Stadium

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    Visit Caerphilly

    by Balam Updated Mar 19, 2013

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    Caerphilly is only 20 minute from Cardiff by train, You can get a return ticket for £6 from either Cardiff Central or Queen St.
    When you get to Caerphilly come out of the Station and turn right to go down the hill, You will see the Castle in front of you.
    The Castle is certainly worth a visit and there are some nice shops in the Town (although none you will not see anywhere else) There is a nice visitors centre that has a cafe but it is worth getting a cup of tea and a slice of cake at Glanmor Tea Rooms or calling into The Courthouse for a drink and Food with F a fantastic view of the castle.

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    St John's Church and cemetery

    by uglyscot Updated Feb 3, 2013

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    St John's Church is on the skyline when you exit Queen's arcade. It is the oldest building in the city centre with records going back to 1180. It was rebuilt in the 15th century.Style is late perpendicular.
    It has a tower 130 ft high.
    Inside is the Hubert Chapel, named after the Hubert brothers who were private secretary to Queen Elizabeth I and James I, and the other Keeeper of Cardiff Castle. Therenis also Victorian stained glass window, and the Chapel of the Order of Saint John, with memorials to Lord Kitchener and King Edward the VIII, who abdicated before he was crowned.
    It has a tea room that has been open every time I have gone past.
    The churchyard has a number of interesting stones and a pillar somewhat resembling a market cross. In November before Remembrance Sunday bouquets of flowers were lying on the small plinth, and nearby were the insignia of many army regiments.
    As a genealogist I was horrified to find the pathway to the church was made from slabs from the graves of people, many early graves from the 18th century. Some of the information is still legible, but for how long?

    St John's monument graveyard scene [Nov 2005] grave  slab dating to 1759, now pavement
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    Roald Dahl Plass

    by spidermiss Updated Dec 16, 2012

    Roald Dahl Plass, a public plaza, is named in honour of Roald Dahl, a writer, and the square is used for hosting cultural events, concerts, and fairs. On my visit there was a Christmas held in the square with some amusement rides.

    Before 2000 It used to be called the Oval Basin which was one of the docks during Cardiff's dock activity in the 19th and 20th Century and was part of the intensive regeneration around the area. The Plass was designed by William Pye and its attractive features include a water tower.

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    Oct 30, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Cardiff is the nice place to visit. During our cardiff vacation we had sped one hour in rhondda heritage park, we brought some gift from gift shop. overal experience was good.

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