St John's Church in the heart of the city
St John the Baptist Church can be found right in the centre of Cardiff. The present building dates back as far as the 13th century. The stonework on the tower was recently cleaned and I think it looks all the more attractive.
This is the only remaining building from medieval Cardiff, apart from the Norman fort in Cardiff Castle.
The tower is its most striking feature, with many beautiful pinnacles on each corner. It dates from the 15th century. You can get some good photographs of the church – it is surrounded by the city’s buildings and you find it all of a sudden, framed by street facades or trees. At night the top of the tower is illuminated like a candle.
The inside is pleasant enough. The vaulted ceiling is painted red. It has a large church organ which sounds fine, but is currently being restored. There are leaflets available that will tell you more about the church when you are there.
Often there are exhibitions of art, or organ recitals, or tea, coffee and cake sales in the church. Very occasionally the church tower is opened with super views from the top.
Cardiff may be a city but this is not Cardiff’s ‘cathedral’. Cardiff’s adopted Protestant cathedral is at Llandaff, a few miles north of the city centre. There is a rather mundane, and more modern, Catholic cathedral on Charles Street.
In fact, St John’s was not even Cardiff’s main church until St Mary’s Church was washed away by a dreadful flood in 1607!!Related to:
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Aneurin Bevan statue
There's nothing really special about this dull grey statue other than the fact that it celebrates one of Wales' most famous men - Aneurin Bevan, founder of the British National Health Service, the concept that healthcare should be free to everyone.
A typically dirt poor son-of-a-miner Welsh socialist, Bevan was a trade union leader and constant fighter for the rights of the poor. He was a minister in the post World War 2 Labour government and was a key player in establishing the welfare state. One of its most popular politicians he resigned from the government in protest in 1951 when it started to charge for dental care. Always good with words, one of his most famous quotes is: "The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away."
He died in 1960 but he's still an icon for socialists around the world. His statue is a common meeting point for anti-war rallies and gatherings and protests for other social causes. Not that everyone takes it so seriously of course - it's a Cardiff tradition that every Sunday morning he wakes up to find that some Saturday night drunk has put a traffic cone on his head!Related to:
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Birds of Prey
At the Welsh Hawking Centre you will see over 200 Bird of Prey including Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Falcons and Buzzards. They can be seen and photographed in the mews, weathering ground, breeding and if you are fast enough, flying!Related to:
- Family Travel
Cardiff civic centre
The Cardiff city center contains a number of splendid public buildings, notably the civic center and city hall, done up in classical roman style with beautiful statuary throughout. The best part of the capital building for me is the domed roof with a statue of a dragon perched at the very top, wings spread and mouth open for attack. The red dragon is the official emblem of Wales.Related to:
- Family Travel
Glamorgan Heritage Coast
South Wales has a great coastline.
You can see some of the best of it on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast - which you can get to in about half an hour's drive from Cardiff.
I am very fond of this coast line - I worked as a voulunteer Warden here for a couple of years and spent may weekends repairing footpaths, cutting back vegetation or fixing hand rails.
The heritage coast stretches for 14 miles from West Aberthaw to Porthcawl, and along the way showcases some beautiful low cliffs and dramatic coastal scenery. More remarkable still are the extensive sand dune areas in the west, including some of the largest dunes in all of Europe at Merthyr Mawr Warren.
The ruins of Dunraven Castle (actually a 19th century mansion) stand upon the headland at Dunraven Bay, overlooking the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre, where you can learn more about the ruggedly beautiful coast. Dunraven Bay is notable for the banded sandstone cliffs which back the beach. Southerndown beach is an excellent surfing area.
Halfway along the heritage coast is medieval St. Donat's Castle, now a school. Guided tours of the castle are available in the summer months. Tel (01446) 792271. If you have sharp eyes you can spot the outlines of several Celtic hill forts along the cliffs.
Footpaths follow the coast, but beware when walking along that the cliffs can be subject to slippage, and the beaches can become dangerous traps at high tide.
[For more photos see the Heritage Coast Travelogue].Related to:
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Rocking in the CIA!
Cardiff International Arena = Arena Ryngwladol Caerdydd
It is Cardiff's biggest indoor concert arena!
This was one of the best places to see the show, though it was a pity that we had seats instead of ground tickets...
Beautiful Welsh seaside town. Wicked tides so beach is submerged for part of the day. Nifty island that can be walked to during low tide. Just a great place to experience some Welsh hospitality at the seaside.
Ok, its not right in Cardiff but it isn't far outside it. This castle dates from 1268, and is beautiful. When we got there it was dark outside, but that made the experience even more dramatic. We were able to go inside the walls although no one else was there. There's a pub called the Courtyard nearby that provides nice views of the castle while you eat or enjoy a drink. My favorite part has to be the leaning tower! Amazing :-)
Mountain Biking Within Coed Y...
Mountain Biking Within Coed Y Brenin Forest......
Coed Y Brenin can rightly boast some of the best mountain biking to be found anywhere.
From beautiful river valleys to wild hilltops, forest roads to brilliant track descents Coed Y Brenin has something to offer mountain bikers of all abilities. All the trails start and finish from the visitor centre where there is ample parking, a cafe, toilets and a shop.
Please ride carefully and observe the Forest Cycle Code, and always wear a cycle helmet.
Some of the routes are:
The Expert Route.... which has some VERY demanding climbs and some technical, rocky 'single track' descents.
Experienced riders only... The Sport Route is mostly on well-drained forest roads with a few sections needing technical skills. Not suitable for novices. The Fun Route is suitable for novices, but not for children under 10 years old. There are 2 short cuts for the weary, which will reduce the time taken to ¾ hour and 1 hour respectively.
You can also hire mountain bikes at the Visitor Centre from 'Beics Coed Y Brenin'.
The Karrimor Trail
3600ft of climbing
Forest Enterprise in partnership with Karrimor bring you the Karrimor Trail, one of the best mountain bike experiences in Europe.
A huge variety of terrain from forest roads to some of the finest singletrack, huge climbs and long sweeping descents make this trail suitable only for experienced mountain bikers.
Forest Enterprise and Karrimor are committed to the long term sustainable development of Coed Y Brenin as a centre for mountain biking excellence.
I WAS KNACKERED AFTER DOING THIS.....WAS GREAT THOUGH !!!!!!!
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Visit Caerphilly Castle.
This is the 3rd largest castle in all of Britain, right after Windsor and Dover castles. You definitely get the storybook castle feeling when visiting here. It has a moat and bridge (no longer a drawbridge). Overall the castle is very intact. It is a castle explorer's haven. There a many little passages and nooks to discover. There are also two small museums on the site featuring different exhibits on Welsh history and castles. You will get some great pictures to be taken here, so bring your camera! The town of Caerphilly itself is very cute, and is worth exploring on its' own right.
Visit Tintern Abbey.
We visited this site early in the morning. The clouds were breaking up beautifully, and the fog was starting to life. This was a great time to see this site. Like so many of the abbeys throughout the UK, Henry VIII destroyed Tintern when he broke away from the Catholic Church and started the Church of England. This abbey in ruins is now one of the most beautiful things to see in all of Wales. The combination of a fantastic cathedral-like setting with the green grass that you see throughout the country is a mystical site. Walk through the abbey and enjoy its' simple pleasures.
Go for a drink.
The Queens Vaults ,traditional pub, says its famous , but i had not heard of it , but i will remember it for cheap price beer and reasonable priced food. Lager £1.99 [ Mar 2012 ]
City Hall part I
The City Hall was built in 1853 and made in an Edwardian style. The City Hall is located in Cathays Park.
The City Hall is dominated by a 194 foot high clock tower and surmounted by a Welsh dragon.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Penarth grew up because of the coal industry, but now is a historic town. It has a charming marina with a large number of boats.Related to:
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