Not far from the city centre is Roath Park, a Victorian garden opened to the public in 1894. The park has extensive gardens and a man-made lake which has many types of water birds, such as swans, geese, ducks, cormorants, herons, mallards and the ever present gulls. If it’s a sunny day and you feel like a walk this is a good place to go, it is very pleasant and relaxing and has a restaurant if you feel hungry and if you feel energetic you can hire a rowing boat and get some exercise. The lake has a lighthouse in memory of Captain Scott, who left from Cardiff in 1910 on his ill-fated Terra Nova voyage to the Antarctic, a conservatory, bowling green, tennis courts and ornamental gardens. I used to love going there as a kid, and now when I go home I usually find the time to visit the park for a few hours.
Another park to visit if the weather permits, is Bute Park, which once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle. The park is right in the centre of the city and covers approximately 130 acres, and is a mixture of trees, lawns and flowers.
Also in the centre is the National Museum Cardiff, another place I used to enjoying visiting when I was a young lad growing up in Cardiff, I remember I used to go there sometimes with my father. It is a Museum and Art Gallery, with sections on Botany, Zoology, Archaeology, and Geology, plus the Art Gallery. I remember in the past they had an exhibition about coal mining, though whether they still do, I have no idea, probably not. The section that always impressed me as a boy was the zoology section and possibly the hours I spent looking at all the stuffed animals beautifully presented in mock ups of their natural habitat helped to shape my profound love of animals.
Cardiff Bay is a must, even if you just go there for a stroll and to have lunch or dinner in one of the various restaurants, however, while there you could take in some of the places of interest in the area. There you will find, The Wales Millennium Centre, The Norwegian church, Techniquest , a science and discovery centre, and the Pierhead building .
Moving a short distance outside the centre of Cardiff is Llandaff Cathedral, which was constructed in the 12th century. Llandaff is not only famous for being the site of the Cathedral, but also because it was the birthplace of the author Roald Dahl. Lllandaff is one of two cathedrals in Cardiff, the other being the Roman Catholic Cathedral in the centre, which is known as St David’s Cathedral.
Moving a little further out of Cardiff, in the village of St Fagans, is one of my favourite museums, The St Fagans National History Museum, which chronicles the history, lifestyle, culture and architecture of the Welsh. St Fagans, as it is more commonly referred to, is an outdoor museum set in 100 acres of parkland of St Fagans castle, a 16th century manor house. The museum is home to over thirty buildings from all over Wales, which give visitors the opportunity to experience how life was in the past in Wales. I never get bored visiting St Fagans, and I’m sure anyone going there will thoroughly enjoy it too.
Finally, there is Castell Coch, The Red Castle, situated near the village of Tongwynlais, about thirty minutes to the north of Cardiff. I could see this castle from my bedroom window when I lived in Whitchurch, a suburb of Cardiff. I have visited Castell Coch many times, but never cease to be amazed at how beautiful it is, and not just the castle, but the setting too, being built on a hill surrounded by woodland. The castle, designed by William Burges, is a 19th century Gothic Revival castle, which was built on top of the remains of a 13th century fortification. If you close your eyes and try to imagine what a fairytale castle would look like, then I think Castell Coch would be close to the image you come up with. The castle is really what in English is called a folly, as it wasn’t built for defensive purposes as castles usually were, but for decorative purposes, however, it is extremely beautiful and should not be missed if you have the time.
So that is my own personal tour of Cardiff and its surrounds, others may have different suggestions, but I’m sure most of the places I have mentioned would be on Cardiffians’ lists of what to see when visiting the city. If you go there I hope you have good weather and an extremely enjoyable time, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to try Brains beer, I recommend either Brains Dark or SA, in fact you should really try both!!!
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