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Cardiff - The Capital City of Wales

Cardiff has been my home for many years now, it has changed dramatically in that time. It is a fantastic place to live & visit.

Cardiff Castle is situated in the centre of the town, the shopping streets, parks & Civic centre all surround this great building. The Romans first built a fort on the site of Cardiff Castle in AD55, the Welsh Lord Owain Glyndwr burnt the city to the ground in the 15th Century and Lord Bute, the world's richest man in the late 19th century spent a fortune lavishly decorating the castle and creating the civic centre.

Cardiff is a great place to shop, the centre of the city boasts pedestrianised shopping streets, shopping centres, plus Edwardian and Victorian arcades where you will find small independant boutiques selling unique Welsh gifts.

The Civic centre is home to some stunning architecture, here you'll find the National Museum, City Hall, Law Courts & University Buildings.

Cardiff Bay

A five minute drive from the centre will take you to Cardiff bay, Cardiff's revitalized dockland. 'The Bay' is home to many fascinating buildings, waterside restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Thanks to the Cardiff Barrage an area of tidal mudflats have now become the 500 acre freshwater lake of Cardiff Bay; this has given way to a hive of watersport & boating activities within the bay ranging from a relaxing boat trip up the river to an exhilerating speed boat ride over to the islands of flat holm and steep holm in the Severn estuary.

Parks & Gardens

Cardiff is home to many beautiful parks and gardens just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre. Bute park & Sophia gardens are situated on the banks of the river taff, just a stonesthrow away from the milennium stadium. Inside the castle grounds you will find lots of green spaces, ideal for relaxing on a summers day. The Alexandra gardens behind the City Hall offer some peaceful relaxation away from the madding crowd & the Gorsedd Gardens in front of the museum & City hall in Cathays park, provide the perfect location for lazing on a sunny afternoon. Gorsedd Gardens and the area around the Civic centre are the home to the Big Weekend in August. This is the UK's biggest free outdoor festival with a funfair, fireworks & a three day programme of non stop music - cool !!

Here's a link to the upcoming events in Cardiff.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:There's so much to do and see.
  • Cons:None... it's fab.
  • In a nutshell:From a busy day shopping to a quiet stroll in the countryside or on a beach - all a short distance away...
  • Last visit to Cardiff: Aug 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 2, 2010
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2012 at 5:04 AM

    You mentioned in your pages how close in everything is. Seems there is plenty to do. Loved the photos of the gardens. How fascinating about the megalithic sites. well done. thank you

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    ~ Cardiff am byth!~ When will I pay a visit to this great city I wonder...

    • Myfanwe's Profile Photo
      Oct 5, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      Thanks for your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed your virtual tour of Cardiff. Best Wishes, Vicki

  • spidermiss's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Great tips for my Cardiff trip this December! Happy New Year! Dawnx

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    Sorry it rained on your extra time! Hope you got the shots you wanted at Barmouth though! Apparently, August is the wettest month - so it was quite a dry weekend! LOL!! Glad you're home safe and sound - thanks again!! Gillybob greetings

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    I'm finally visiting Cardiff for a day and a half next month. I can't wait!! :D

  • Balam's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    I'm looking forward to going to the Bay next week

  • EuromeetKrakow2010's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    I am convinced now. I have to visit Cardiff haha! I have to see Tinkinswood Burial Chamber and St Lythans Chambered Tomb as well as to try Brains Beer and Guinness at Kitty O Flynns! Thanks for your great tips!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    Good to see the Rummer get a mention - it was a great favourite in my student days, and specially on Rugby International Days. Not been there for ages -you have tempted me to call in next time I have time to spare in Cardiff!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    This is a wonderful presentation of the town and its history. The castle and walls seem so well preserved after all this time and slat water air. Good job on showing me around

  • Andrew_W_K's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Fantastic Cardiff tips. Better than a guide book.

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