Sunday, 1 March 2015

Cardiff

St David's day, on 1st March, always makes you think of Wales, daffodils and leeks.  The Visit Wales website gives lots of information about these symbols and you can find out about St. David too.

We enjoyed a great weekend in Cardiff a couple of years ago and despite the rainy spells found there is a lot to explore there.

Cardiff Bay, about half an hour's walk from the city, is an area created by the Cardiff Barrage and is supplied by two rivers, the Taff and Ely, to form a 500 acre freshwater lake, with access to the sea controlled by three locks.



The regeneration of the Bay, formerly known as Tiger Bay, has provided many eating places and some famous buildings. 

The Wales Millennium Centre is home to the Welsh National Opera.  It is a wonderful building with cafes in the foyer and room for impromptu concerts you can listen to whilst having a snack.

Also in the area are the red-brick Pierhead Building, built in 1897, the Senedd, the National Assembly for Wales and the white Norwegian Church, which Roald Dahl used to attend as a child, which now houses an arts centre.  

The Roald Dahl Plass is a large amphitheatre style plaza used for festivals and has featured on Dr Who as filming has taken place there.
The Wales Millennium Centre

The Centre from the inside looking through the letters which are windows in the upper bar area and are illuminated at night.  In English the words say 'In These Stones Horizons Sing' written by Welsh Poet Gweneth Lewis













The Dr Who Experience is located near the BBC studios where filming takes place also at Cardiff Bay.

Don't Blink - Angel
Slitheen

We enjoyed a bracing walk around the Barrage, giving good views over the Bay, taking in the Barrage Sails with it's exhibition of Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition which left from Cardiff Bay in 1910, an Age of Coal exhibition and an interesting look at the locks and sluices. 






Back in the City Centre, it's great to walk along the river, through the parks, past the Millennium Stadium,



 along to the Castle,

Animal statues leaning over the Castle wall

The Castle - William Burges transformed the Castle in 1866.  Must explore next time.

Castle clock tower

 and there are the many Victorian and Edwardian arcades as well.


We particularly enjoyed our visit to the National Museum Wales, here's the website - packed full of interesting things.

Oh well, just a small tour around Cardiff for St. David's day, hope it has made you feel like a trip!



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