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Sightseeing in Cardiff - what to see. Complete travel guide

Cardiff is the youngest European capital. This is a city that perfectly combines best traditions of antiquity and modern trends. Today this is a modern university town, a large port and industrial center. In order to diversify the atmosphere of the city and make it more attractive for travellers, the port zone is home to numerous shops and restaurants.
Cardiff will please its guests with a wide range of attractions, beautiful parks, modern cinemas and nightclubs. Fans of walking will like relaxing in Cardiff Bay district. This quarter is … Open
Today port is the most popular place of walks, where you can enjoy the look of moored yachts, try the masterpieces cooked by local chiefs, or select memorable souvenirs in shopping outlets. Art Centre is one of the modern facilities of the city. It can hold up to 1900 people. In the auditoriums of the center are usually conducted various cultural events and exhibitions. There is also a wonderful restaurant in the center that allows visitors having some rest with even more comfort. Millennium Stadium will attract people who are keen on sports. Opened in 1999, this stadium is a great example of modern architecture. The stadium has 72 thousands of seats and is the place of conducting of international competitions and matches.
Among the historical sights of Cardiff we should definitely mention the Church of John the Baptist, near which is located Llandaff Cathedral. The church was built during Orman times. This building was destroyed several times and each one it was rebuilt almost from ashes. One more famous sight is Cardiff Castle, the rooms of which are easily distinguished by their luxurious and elegant décor. Castell Coch located in the northern part of the city is no less interesting. The castle looks like a fairytale fort – colored walls and circle-shaped towers remind of medieval traditions. Tourists are also offered to make an excursion to Cathey Park that also contains several historical places of interest. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
1. Bus remains the most common form of public transport. Travelers are recommended to buy a map of the city in any newsstand. Maps usually indicate public transport routes, and this will … Open
One of the most visited cultural institutions of the city is the National Museum. Its construction began in 1912. However, the opening of the museum was prevented by the First World War that began. Completion of the museum was only possible by 1927. Originally, a very diverse collection was collected in the museum. Today it contains archaeological, geological and zoological exhibits, and one of the largest collections of works of art in Europe. The museum has many unique exhibits. Here you can see the weapons of the Bronze Age, and rare paintings by Vincent van Gogh.
Among the outstanding architectural monuments is a university building. Its opening took place in 1883. From the moment of construction, the fine building has stayed practically unchanged. It is decorated with high windows, many beautiful sculptures and towers. In the warm season, the university is surrounded by a well-groomed landscaped garden with interesting compositions.
St David's Dewi Sant is one of the largest and most crowded shopping centers in Cardiff. There are interesting shops for all categories of visitors. St David's Dewi Sant offers shops with … Open
The real historical attraction of Cardiff is the Roth Park, which was founded in 1894. On the territory of this scenic park, there is a large lake of the same name, which is very popular among local fishermen. The park is very large. There are dedicated picnic areas on its territory, and in summer tourists are offered to ride on the lake by boat. In the territory of the extensive park, there is a botanical garden, in which interesting exhibitions and other thematic events are often held.
While walking through the city, you can see a lot of interesting historical buildings. Not far from the waterfront is a beautiful building Pierhead, built of red brick. This building was built in 1897. Originally it housed the headquarters of the company Bute Dock. The main feature of this building is a small turret with a clock. Locals often call the historic house Baby Big Ben. In 2010, the Museum of History Wales was opened in the restored building.
Discovering the architecture of Cardiff from bird's eye view! Pierhead Building, Llandaff Cathedral, Castell Coch , Wales Millennium Centre, all those monuments are defining the image of Cardiff … Open
With children it will be interesting to look into the scientific museum Techniquest, which was opened in 1986. Presently in the walls of this center, there are many interactive exhibits, as well as technical devices and the real laboratories. There are excursions for children of different ages. However, some excursion programs will be of interest to adults.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Cardiff and surroundings

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Cardiff
♥   Shopping area ' The Hayes' Cardiff, 0.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Shopping area ' Queen Street' Cardiff, 0.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Cardiff
♥   Castle 'Quart Castle' Quart, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Cardiff Castle Wales' Cardiff, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Aberdyfi Castle' , 1.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kenfig Castle' , 3.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'St Fagans Castle' , 6.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Cardiff
♥   Park 'Prickly Pear' , 82.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Cardiff and around
♥   Art museum 'National Museum' Cardiff, 0.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Cardiff from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Swansea Biopharm Leech Farm

From the series “Top 10 Extraordinary Farms”
For the first time medical leeches began to be used for medicinal purposes in the 17th century. Since then, this method has not only lost its relevance, but has also been confirmed in several scientific studies. Although there are more than 400 species of leeches in the world, only one of them is used in medicine. Each leech is used for the procedure only once and is then killed. Tourists visiting the unique biofarm in Swansea will learn a lot more unique facts about these insects and hirudotherapy in general. … Read further

Woodchester Mansion

From the series “The Most Mysterious Buildings (Houses, Palaces, Castles) in the World”
From 1873 to the beginning of the Second World War, the mansion resided in ruins, and then was used by U.S. troops, mainly as a morgue. The mysterious mansion surrounded by fabulously beautiful scenery never ceases to attract tourists and researchers of paranormal phenomena. Latter have managed to collect lots of incredible facts. For example, at nightfall, visitors can often hear the music of 40s of the last century in the building. There are ghosts of militaries here, among which a pilot killed in these places during the war was identified. Researchers found the ghost monk at the chapel on the territory of the mansion. Those are just a few of Woodchester Mansion surprising mysteries. … Read further
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