Has anyone visited Wales in general and Cardiff in particular? I appreciate any and all...?
...information and opinions.
Is it a must do? Pass on it? Only if you have the time? What?
- Anonymous9 years agoBest Answer
Cardiff was important in the Arthurian legends and was important to the Romans, the Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons, the Normans, the Welsh, and the coal industry.
As the capital of Wales, It has lots of museums. Its history means it has lots of castles. Its location means it is close to spectacular scenery and interesting geology (although Cardiff itself is flat).
For the modern person it also has a lot of culture, both classical and swinging nightlife type, and it has sports (rugby and football (soccer).
Cardiff's recorded story began in the 1st century when the Romans built a fort where 11th century Cardiff Castle now stands.
It played such a pivotal role in the wars between the Normans and the native Welsh that it now claims to have the largest concentration of castles of any European city.
The Norman Robert FitzHamon built the picturesque castle as a defensive structure. William the Conqueror’s eldest son, Duke Robert of Normandy, was held within its sturdy walls until his death in 1134.
Its splendid apartments were created in the 19th century by eccentric architect William Burges for the wealthy Third Marquess of Bute. The Museum of the Royal Regiment of Wales is also housed here.
Legend has it that the knight Lancelot set sail from Cardiff as he escaped the wrath of a cuckolded King Arthur.
Gradually a town began to develop but its modern form dates from the Industrial Revolution following the construction of Cardiff’s sprawling docks, the 25-mile Glamorganshire Canal and the arrival of the railway.
The 2nd Marquess of Bute built the canal to bring huge coal reserves from Merthyr Tydfil to the docks, transforming the town into the world’s biggest coal exporting port. The Taff Vale Railway eventually replaced the barges and enabled new docks to be built.
It may be the youngest capital city in Britain but Cardiff has everything you should expect from a modern metropolis - elegant architecture, a bustling center, superb shops, a tapestry of historic buildings, beautiful riverside walks and a famous waterfront.
Beneath it is a superb ‘heritage’ coastline offering Blue Flag beaches, wild cliffs and dramatic mountain views. West is the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan and to the east lies lush countryside.
Within easy reach of the city are some of Wales’ most fascinating villages and a host of towns dating back into the mists of time.
Cardiff stands on the narrowest part of the south Wales coastal plain at the mouth of three rivers, the Taff, Rhymney and Ely, where they run into the Bristol Channel.
In recent times a huge amount of regeneration and restoration has taken place to turn it into one of Britain’s trendiest cities.
Today Cardiff has a host of major attractions ranging from the National Assembly for Wales, The National Museum and Gallery, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Cathays Park, the popular Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay barrage and the Coal Exchange.
A ‘must-see’ is St Fagans National History Museum, set in a 100-acre parkland on the outskirts of the city, where over 30 buildings have been rebuilt to show how Welsh people lived at different times in history.
The waterfront has been dramatically transformed to offer family entertainment, international dining, a lively nightlife and attractions around a freshwater lake.
A key modern landmark in Cardiff is the Millennium sports stadium, which rises up at the heart of the city.
In less than an hour you can reach the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, walk along the South Wales ‘Heritage Coastline’ or explore the many castles, great houses and a variety of other attractions.
Forest Fawr, for example, is an ancient woodland linked to the Disneyesque Victorian folly of Castell Coch (the ‘Red Castle’).
Five miles from Cardiff lies the tiny island of Flat Holm, a nature reserve which acted as a sanctuary for Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, silver miners and smugglers. It was fortified in Victorian times and is most famous for receiving the first trans-Atlantic radio message sent by Marconi in 1897.
According to legend the River Ogmore, which runs through the Vale of Glamorgan, was named after the body of the dying King Arthur who was brought up the river to be buried in the mountains above.
The remains of Candleston Castle lies on the edge of Sahara-like sand dunes where parts of the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ were filmed.
The heritage coast and surrounding countryside has much to offer -including seaside fun, picture postcard villages, craft centers, country parks and luscious scenery.
- 3 years ago
Cardiff is a gorgeous place to flow to with an excellent procuring centre. Cardiff Bay is likewise properly worth seeing at the same time as you're there, and you need to work out what's on at St. David's corridor or the Wales Millennium Centre. The national Museum interior the city Centre is properly worth seeing as is Cardiff fortress. in case you have have been given somewhat greater time then the Museum of Welsh existence at St. Fagan's is a short rigidity outdoors Cardiff.
- TSKLv 79 years ago
Go to North Wales, where I am from,and prepare to fall in love! Like many, I have rarely been to Cardiff or South Wales. There is a massive north-south divide in Wales. Parts of Mid Wales are great too; around Welshpool and towards the coast.Source(s): Welsh living in England now.
- 9 years ago
Depending on the time you have Wales is definitely worth a visit. I enjoyed wandering about central and northern Wales, seeing the many castles, woolen mills, landscape and people. See the castle in Caernarfon, the railway and aqueduct with canal barges in Llangollen. Roman ruins and bridges are scattered all over (Unfortunately this site keeps telling me my pictures won't upload ). Pistyll Rhaeadr Falls is worth a stop, as it is the tallest waterfall in Wales. Contact me and I would be happy to send you some pictures.
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- David SLv 79 years ago
Cardiff is an average modern city. what is really wonderful in Wales is the beauty of the natural lanscape - the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Snowdonia etc
- Anonymous9 years ago
The castle downtown Cardiff is really worth it. The guided tour of it is very interesting... For the rest, Cardiff is a nice little capital. Of course, don't forget your umbrella :-)