Cardiff City – Wales – Photos

Cardiff Castle dragon

Cardiff Castle dragon

Cardiff is, of course, the capital city of Wales and it was a real treat to visit there last week.  What a friendly reception we had from anyone we met.

I’ve been to Cardiff before now (my daughter and I went there shopping a couple of times when we lived in Ludlow), but I had never visited Cardiff Castle.  It is guarded by this magnificent dragon set quite near the entrance to the castle grounds.




Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

The castle itself is very imposing, lying right in the city.  It is set in a corner of the grounds, with various buildings displaying exhibitions set in what must once have been the castle walls.  It was a hot day when I visited and I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t climb up into the castle – those steps looked very steep!

Roman mural

Roman mural

Inside the reception hall there was a magnificent mural depicting Roman soldiers.  The Romans occupied Cardiff and most of Wales from about 55AD.  They built a large fortification here while they were still conquering Wales, but this later became a smaller fortification once the fighting was over. I thought that this magnificent mural was much older, but in fact it is relatively recent.  This part with the Roman chariot caught my eye but there were many other interesting scenes displayed.

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

This is a wonderful waterfront development with much to see and do.  The red building is known as Pierhead and was originally built for the Bute Docks Company.  Cardiff at one time was the world’s largest exporter of coal.

The Pierhead is now an information and conference centre, with some lovely original tiles on the walls.

Norwegian church

Norwegian church

As such a large harbour, Cardiff was home to many sailors from other nations.  Roald Dahl was born here and christened in the Norwegian Church which is also within the Bay area.

The Welsh National Assembly lies within the area, but I couldn’t get far enough away to take any photos – you’ll have to take my word for it that it’s a lovely building!

Millennium Centre

Millennium Centre

The Millenium Centre is the national arts centre for Wales and contains restaurants and theatres, also hosting the National Dance Company of Wales, amongst other arts organisations.

Floor tile pattern

Floor tile pattern

Quilt inspiration?  Oh yes, there was plenty of that.  This lovely floor tile pattern will one day be adapted into a quilt design.

If you’ve been to Cardiff you must be wandering how I managed to miss all the other lovely attractions of this city, but I was only there a day so I’m aware that there’s much more that I didn’t see.  I loved Cardiff so much that I will definitely return there.