CARDIFF & DISTRICT
Like Cathedral 73, Cardiff is a mix of classic and contemporary, traditional and 21st century.
Leafy Cathedral Road is a prosperous thoroughfare leading directly into the city centre. We’re within easy walking distance of many of Cardiff’s main attractions. Take a walk in the park, for example, to Cardiff Castle, a unique three-in-one historic site that’s part-Roman fort, part-medieval stronghold and part-Victorian mansion.
Another city-centre attraction is the celebrated Millennium Stadium – if you’re not coming for a sporting event you can still take a peek inside on a conducted tour. Cardiff’s dazzling, white-stoned Civic Centre has been likened to that of Washington DC. It’s home to the National Museum, famous for its world-class Impressionist art (and much else besides).
Shopping is another feather in Cardiff’s cap. Outside of London, it’s one of the best places in Britain to indulge in some retail therapy. Visitor-friendly pedestrian streets fan out in all directions, taking you to delightful Victorian arcades – a Cardiff speciality – and major shopping malls.
Cardiff Bay, a mile south of the centre, is the exciting new face of the city. The old docklands have been transformed into a sleek new waterfront, with cafés, bars, restaurants and the Millennium Centre, Cardiff’s stunning arts and entertainment complex.
There’s great variety right on the doorstep:
- Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans. See the Wales of old, recreated in beautiful parklands.
- Vale of Glamorgan. Green and fertile, dotted with picturesque villages.
- Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Spectacular coastal walking and cliff scenery.
- Celtic Manor Resort. The host of the 2010 Ryder Cup is one of many golf clubs within easy travelling distance.
- Caerleon. One of the finest Roman towns in the UK.
- The South Wales Valleys. Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, now green again and rich in industrial heritage.
- Two very different castles. Fairytale Castell Coch at Tongwynlais and mighty Caerphilly, one of Europe’s finest medieval fortresses.