Cardiff has an extensive Civic Centre fronted by three very impressive buildings including The City Hall and The National Museum of Wales, (Tel. 029 2039 7951). Behind these buildings is Cathays Park containing The Cenotaph which remembers the dead of two World Wars. Flanking the park are two roads featuring even more impressive architecture, The Temple of Peace, The Law Courts and The University of Wales buildings are some examples. To the side of The Law Courts is Cardiff Castle (Tel. 029 2087 8100), the base of the walls date back to AD76 and is of Roman origin. The Old Library in the centre of Cardiff has recently been renovated and features wonderful Victorian ceramic tiles. It had housed The Centre for Visual Arts but this has closed recently due to lack of finances, more on this will probably follow. The Centre's home was a magnificent listed building in the heart of the city centre. It's just five minutes from the central train and bus stations, in the pedestrianised Hayes shopping area. Just across from the old library is St. David's Hall, a concert and conference centre. Parking is available at over 2,500 NCP spaces nearby.
the west of Cardiff is The Museum of Welsh Life (Tel 029 2057 3500) well
worth spending a day at. Historic buildings from all over Wales
have been rebuilt on the site and it is a fascinating place to
visit. Events are held too which even include open air theatre.
Castell Coch (Picture) is in Tongwynlais just to
the north of Cardiff ( Tel 029 2081 0101 ), built originally in
the 12th century and updated during the 19th, it is full of
Cardiff Bay is undergoing massive changes and new attractions seem to be opening daily. New bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, cinemas etc. etc. The ever popular TECHNIQUEST, a hands on science museum has moved to a new building too. A range of special events are run from here with a modern slant to science. Another attraction that is well worth a visit.
Cardiff Tourist Information Centre Telephone 029 2022 7281
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