Top attractions of Cardiff

The tower of Llandaff Cathedral, photo by HHA124L/Flickr

The wonderful capital city of Wales, Cardiff is also the country’s largest city. It is the most popular tourist destination of the country. The city is magnificent, it is surely worth visiting for every visitor of Wales. There are numerous landmarks and attractions here, such as castles, museums, parks, cathedrals, theatres and so on. If you decide to visit this city, make sure to visit the Wales Millennium Centre, the Cardiff Castle, the Castell Coch (Red Castle) and the Llandaff Cathedral which are the best-known landmarks of Cardiff. The City Hall is also a beautiful tourist attraction. There is a war memorial in the city situated in the Cathays Park which is also spectacular.

Cardiff Castle

The medieval castle was built in 55 AD by the Roman army. It was rebuilt by the Normans in 1091. Later, in the 18th century, the castle had been enlarged. Several buildings have been raised near the castle during the centuries: the Arab Room, the Library, the Chaucer Room, the Banqueting Hall, the Guest Tower and so on. Today, Cardiff Castle is a popular attraction of the city. The view of the spectacular buildings is breathtaking. It is located on the grounds of the beautiful Bute Park and it houses a museum. There are numerous concerts and different types of events held in Cardiff Castle. This tourist attraction is undoubtedly worth visiting.

The grounds of Cardiff Castle, photo by shining.darkness/Flickr

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral is an impressive cathedral which is dedicated to two saints, Saint Paul and Saint Peter and three Welsh saints. It was built on the site of a church. The cathedral was badly damaged during the II World War. After the war it was reconstructed. Today it is one of the best-known landmarks of Cardiff. For those who love to visit churches and cathedrals on their holiday, Llandaff Cathedral is the perfect attraction. There is also another cathedral in the city, the beautiful Cardiff Cathedral which can be found in the city centre.

The tower of Llandaff Cathedral, photo by HHA124L/Flickr

National Museum Cardiff

It is a fantastic museum and art gallery. A great thing about this museum is that there is no entry fee. The museum can be found on the grounds of Cathays Park and opened its doors to the public in 1927. It includes fantastic collections of geology, archeology, zoology, botany, also applied and fine art. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. The galleries close at 16:45. (September 2012)

Cathays Park

The magical park is situated in the city centre. It includes three gardens one of which is a park area called Alexandra Gardens and numerous buildings which were built in the early 20th century: the spectacular City Hall, the Temple of Peace, the National Museum Cardiff and several other buildings. The gardens of Cathays Park are the following: Alexandra Gardens, Friary Gardens and Gorsedd Gardens. These are some wonderful areas full of magnificent flowers and plants. There are also monuments and statues in these gardens. Cathays Park is undoubtedly one of the city’s most beautiful attractions.

Cathays Park, photo by joncandy/Flickr

 

 

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