Top 5 architectural jewels of Cardiff
The Welsh capital city, the wonderful city of Cardiff is an amazing tourist destination. With dozens of astonishing visitor attractions, Cardiff is a favorite place for many tourists. It is considered Wales’ most famous visitor destination, welcoming over 18 million of visitors in 2010. As the city is home to numerous architectural wonders, I considered writing a guide relating to the top 5 architectural jewels of Cardiff. These are the following: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff City Hall, the National Museum Cardiff, Castell Coch and the Millenium Stadium. If you love sightseeing, Cardiff is the perfect destination for you! I am absolutely sure that you will enjoy the visit to this fascinating city.
As one of the major landmarks of the city, Cardiff Castle is a very popular visitor attraction. This medieval castle is a Victorian Gothic revival mansion. Built during the 11th century, the castle was damaged several times over the centuries. Later, in the 19th and 20th century it was restored and some parts were even rebuilt. Besides being a visitor attraction, the castle also hosts numerous different events, including festivals and musical performances. The castle is open March to October from 9:00 to 18:00 and November to February from 9:00 until 17:00. (April 2013)
Cardiff City Hall
One of the most beautiful architectural jewels of Cardiff, the City Hall can be found in the famous Cathays Park. Wearing the characteristics of Edwardian Baroque architectural style, the City Hall is a major landmark of Cardiff. One of the highlights of the building is its tall Clock Tower. There are several beautiful marble statues inside the building. One of the most famous rooms of it is the Marble Hall.
The National Museum Cardiff
The building which houses the National Museum Cardiff is another spectacular architectural jewel of the city. Opened in 2011, the museum includes fantastic collections of fine and applied art, archeology, geology, botany and zoology. Located in Cathays Park, the museum is a major visitor attraction of the city. It can be visited Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. (April 2013)
Situated in the northern part of Cardiff, the beautiful Castell Coch is another fantastic architectural jewel of the city. It wears the characteristics of Gothic Revival style and it is an important visitor attraction. The beautiful building can be visited March to June daily from 9:30 to 17:00. (April 2013)
Last, but not least attractive is the gorgeous Millenium Stadium of Cardiff. It is a huge stadium which hosts numerous sports events, concerts and even conferences. It was built in 1999 and the construction cost of it was £121 million. It is one of the major landmarks and biggest buildings of Cardiff.