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.
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].
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 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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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.
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.
The Queens Vaults , 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 ]
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.
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.
The Civic Centre, to the North of the Castle, contains museums, university buildings and political houses such as City Hall (pitcured)
Coed y Brenin Forest MOUNTAIN BIKING.....
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