Cardiff Castle

Today’s #TravelThrowback post takes us to Cardiff in Wales…

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(Not to worry – I still have a few more French posts to come…watch this space!)

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I’m a ‘big fan’ of the outdoors (there are too many bugs for that!) but I do really enjoy getting out into the country and going for long walks. When my sister sent me an article about an unforgettable trekking experience in the Brecon Beacons she’d read about (more about that next Thursday!) I knew a long weekend to Wales was in order.

Even though it’s practically on our doorstep G had never been to Wales before and I’d been only once on a day trip from Manchester. So, when we were planning our itinerary we decided to start with a day in the capital city. At this point it’s probably no surprise to any of you that as soon as we’d arrived and checked in to our hotel I made a beeline for Cardiff Castle.

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The castle’s history dates back to the end of the 50s AD when a Roman fort was first established on the site. After the Norman conquest the foundations of the present-day castle began and in its nearly 2,000 years of history its seen its fair share of combat and change as ownership changed hands and sides.

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Though parts of the castle – like the keep^ – are little more than shells of the structures they once were, there are still a tons of rooms and history to explore.

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^ The Arab room, with its wealth of detail was gorgeous from every angle and easily my favourite room in the whole castle!

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I love a good library, don’t you?

After we’d toured the house (at only £3 extra it’s worth adding it on to your general admission ticket) we headed to the see the views from the Medieval keep.

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Having climbed every staircase, walked every wall and seen everything we could see we headed out for a stroll around the city centre before heading towards the marina for dinner.

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The Wales Millenium Centre^

Cardiff was lovely and it was great to see some of Wales’s urban areas before heading into the wilderness of the Brecon Beacons the next morning for a very important date. Next Thursday I’ll be telling you all about our baaa-rilliant and totally unforgettable day out. Ewe won’t want to miss it!

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