Cardiff Journals

Centenary City - Cardiff 2005

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A travel journal to Cardiff by Gwilym Owen

Cardiff Castle Photo, Cardiff, Wales More Photos
Quote: Cardiff is Wales' vibrant and rapidly growing capital. With a rich industrial heritage and many exciting new developments, 2005 is a year for double celebrations as 100 years as a city and 50 years as Wales' capital! Come now and enjoy the party!

Centenary City - Cardiff 2005

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Overview

Cardiff Castle Photo, Cardiff, Wales
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Shw Mae y Croeso! (Hello and Welcome!) As the youngest capital city in Europe and recently gaining its own National Assembly, Cardiff is a vibrant city with plenty going on, seemingly growing at an exponential rate! Many of the attractions and buildings in Cardiff are only a few years old, including such landmarks as the Millennium stadium. Indeed, if you had left Cardiff, say, a decade ago and returned now, the city would be practically unrecognisable! Another part of Cardiff's expanding culture is the fact that such popular festivals and sporting events as the Winter Wonderland, the Great Welsh Beer Festival, and the Welsh Rally are also only in their third years! Truly, this is city...Read More

Museum of Welsh Life

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Attraction

Museum of Welsh Life Photo, Cardiff, Wales
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Situated in St Fagans, only 4 miles to the west of Cardiff, is one of Wales' premier attractions. Opened in 1948, to walk around this huge 100-acre open-air museum is to walk around Wales, from Celtic times to the present day! It is Wales' most popular heritage attraction, and unlike the many theme parks in the world geared to a particular time or period, it covers the lives, work, and leisure of Welsh people over the last 500 years. The museum stands on the grounds of St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth (he of Plymouth Arms fame!) and is made up of almost 50 different buildings and attractions that have bee...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Museum of Welsh Life
St. Fagans
Cardiff, Wales CF5 6XB
+44 (0)29 2057 3500

National Museum

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Attraction | "National Museum and Gallery of Wales"

National Museum Photo, Cardiff, Wales
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Opened in 1927, the National Museum and Gallery is part of one of the finest collections of civic buildings in Europe. Its contents are unique amongst British museums in its range of art and science displays, and while it is a long way from London, you would be wrong to think that its collection was in any way minor. These treasures mirror the cosmopolitan character of Cardiff from a time when the city was one of the world's richest cities, combining strong Welsh and international themes. For me, the two most interesting parts of the museum are the impressive Evolution of Wales gallery that tells a global tale of creation and chang...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

National Museum
Cathays Park
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3NP
+44 (29) 2039 7951

Cardiff Castle

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Attraction

Cardiff Castle Photo, Cardiff, Wales
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Cardiff castle occupies a huge 8-acre site in the centre of the city and has been fortified since the Romans arrived in the 1st century. Although they left, their legacy has remained in the classic square shape of the site, and some of the original walls are clearly visible on the south side at street level. Also, to the right of the entrance, there is a flight of stairs leading down to a passage that follows the south wall, clearly showing the wall excavated in 1889, and on the other side of the passageway is an amazing mural created in 1983 that depicts Celtic life before, during, and after the arrival of the Romans. The gate in the no...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Cardiff Castle
Castle Street
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3RB
44 (29) 2087 8100

Victorian and Edwardian Shopping Arcades

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Attraction

Victorian and Edwardian Shopping Arcades Photo, Cardiff, Wales
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Apparently, Cardiff is known as the City of Arcades, and with good reason, as there are over half a dozen beautiful Victorian and Edwardian arcades in the centre of town, as well as a couple of more modern ones. All the older arcades are situated on St Mary's Street, with many linking across to the Hayes, running parallel to St Mary's. Perhaps it is a homage to Cardiff's notoriously wet weather that there are so many arcades, as they are a great place for shelter from the rain and you can get across a lot of the central part of the town under cover if you are clever about it. Starting from the top of St Mary's Street, there are: Castle Arcade Built ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2005

Victorian and Edwardian Shopping Arcades
Along St Mary's Street and Queen Street
Wales, United Kingdom 02649