Cardiffs Small and Big Town Charms
Posted on August 28, 2011 by sguese
Cardiff positions in the south of Wales. Being the capital city of Wales you would think the city is just that, a cosmopolitan city. While Cardiff has its moments of being a busy and buzzing capital, it still very much boasts a small town, know everyone on every street corner feel.
The historical gem in Cardiff is without a doubt the Cardiff Castle. Founded in Roman times, the Castle quickly developed under the Normans as a major stronghold. Despite such ancient foundation, the Cardiff Castle underwent changes when the Bute family stepped in and transformed the castle into gothic greatness. Today, the Cardiff Castle holds two military museums. The 2,000 years of history throughout the site could occupy just as many years for visitors perusing its interior and exterior. To the castle’s west, one of the city’s prized green spaces settles into the landscape. Bute Park remains a favorite in Cardiff. The park was landscaped to perfection beginning in the 1870s.
The city’s connection with the sea caused Cardiff to become a major port. Cardiff Bay notes this history, showing just how the city developed in the 1880s as a major coal exporter. In recent years, Cardiff Bay has undergone a facelift, but it still pays tribute to its 19th century dockland heritage. Street performers and shows carry out daily at the bay.
Rugby and football fans have found their heaven in Cardiff. The Millennium Stadium dominates the city with its giant proportions. On the east bank of the River Taff, the Stadium seats 72,500 people across three tiers. The Millennium Stadium remains one of the most modern sports venues in Europe.
On its opposing side along the west bank of the River Taff, quite the contrary watches the spectacle that is Cardiff. Llandaff Cathedral fills in the shoes of a former 6th century monastery. The present structure credits the year 1130. Today, visitors see a mixture of styles and periods all embodied throughout the Llandaff Cathedral.
Even if you are not a museum person, there is one museum in Cardiff you should consider. The National Museum Wales claims to be one of Britain’s best museums. It is easy to see why. The massive collections cover natural history, geology, art, and archaeology in the most complete of fashions. The art gallery within showcases impressionist and post impressionist pieces for viewing.
Those that hire a car in Cardiff can explore the area surrounding the city by day. The old-fashioned seaside suburb of Penarth rests just beyond Cardiff. Others prefer to go a little cheesy and visit Caerphilly. The town is noted for its wondrous medieval fortress and being a cheese capital.
From the Victorian shopping arcades to the gabbing universities students, Cardiff is wide-awake. The vibrant atmosphere transcends to the city’s nightlife, filling with a rich live music scene. With an ‘under -construction’ feel in moments, Cardiff proves renovation can still be exciting and attractive.
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