Weekend Breaks to Cardiff
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Top 10 Things in Cardiff on a Short Break
This Norman Keep, with its luxurious interior & beautiful gardens, was restored a hundred years ago by the 3rd Marques of Bute.
The Gothic era obsessed architect, William Burges, transformed the castles interior and exterior into a stunning showroom of detailed craftsmanship and medieval color.
Open daily with guided tours of the castle.
About 2 miles down Cathedral Road is the suburb of Llandaff, which maintains the village atmosphere and feel of yester year. Llandaff Cathedral was completely renovated after World War II, due to serious bomb damage. Once inside your attention will immediately be drawn to Christ in Majesty, an awe-inspiring statue by Jacob Epstein.
This enormous museum could easily take a number of hours to explore fully. Besides for the massive collection of fine modern European art, especially post impressionist works, it has an astonishing audio-visual exhibit entitled The Evolution of Wales which tells the story of Wales through its archeology, art, industry & geography.
If you enjoyed Cardiff Castle definitely make a stop at Castell Coch, also known as the Red Castle, just north of Cardiff. It was built on the site of a medieval castle in the 1870s, and looks incredibly like the castles pictured in dreams and fairy tales. Another Burges restoration, but with much more attention to detail, from furnishings and carvings to murals and architecture.
Between the streets of St Mary and Trinity youll find Central Market, one of the cities small covered Victorian arcades which contain many interesting flea market type stalls. What makes Central Market stand out is the fact that it sells items of an edible nature. Everything from fruit & vegetables to freshly caught seafood can be purchased here. Open Mon Sat 8am 5:30pm.
Cardiff is known as one of Wales major shopping centers, containing numerous big stores. But one smaller and more unusual place is the Old Library Craft Centre, which is situated in The Hayes. This store is a haven for those looking for high quality crafts and souvenirs to return home with.
Popular with university students and just past the Cathays stadium sits this friendly restaurant with a window sill full of plants. The specialties here are its seafood dishes, containing fish which is mostly caught in the local waters. Sample the laverballs, made out of seaweed, for a uniquely Welsh flavour. 97 Wyeverne Rd, Cathays. 0222/382357
For board & lodging in the smaller neighborhoods around the Cathedral Road area is where the best deals will be found by far. One that stands out from the rest is the modern and colourful International Cardiff Backpackers with its brightly coloured purple and yellow exterior. Its 24-hour liquor license seems to be another notable feature. Single sex dorm rooms are well priced and breakfast is included.
Summer time is when you should bring the children to this open-air museum at St. Fagans, just west of Llandaff. There is plenty of space to run around in the 100 odd acres of parkland and gardens, which houses cottages and farm homes from all the different Welsh building styles. Its demonstrations of country skills such as wood tuning, black-smithing and leather tanning are intriguing, and its ancient rural festivals are a special treat.
Just south of the Civic Centre, inside a large, modern shopping mall youll find St. Davids Hall. It has exceptional acoustics and is known as one of Europes best concert halls, which, judging by the quality of others, is saying a lot
People come for the great jazz, rock, ballet and classical musical concerts which are held here, but even snooker championships have made an appearance. It is flanked by the new £23 million multi-purpose centre which is used for exhibitions and conferences.
Adventure Wakes - Tourist Attraction
Activity centre specialising in Quad trekking, Archery, clay shooting, 20 minutes drive from Cardiff City centre. Children, family, youth groups, schools Stag & Hen days, Corporate. estsablished 16 years, experienced staff. Other activities including paintball. RIB, Pony trekking arranged. www.adventurewakes.co.uk
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