You know me pretty well by know, and you’ll have guessed that I really love my history, so when I visit a city I am like a kid in a sweet shop and I immediatly try and find out as much as I can! It recently dawned on me that I have never really explored Cardiff.
Cardiff is the nearest city to me and it is without a doubt my favourite. I might be a bit biased but let’s forget about that for a moment shall we? Cardiff is a really beautiful place, it is rich with culture and history and there are lots of little arcades and places to explore.
So as part of my #committogetfit, and armed with a Skinny Vanilla Latte and my trustee camera I decided to have a little look about. I thought I would share some of my pictures with you….
Cardiff has a really stunning a castle, and it is clearly split in two parts (see end photograph). The white-grey stone that you can see on right, is the remnants of the old castle and right at the back of the building is the original stone troop proving there has been a castle there for a long time. The second part, the redder side and the side with the beautiful towers (pictures below) is the newer section and was built by the wealthy Marques of Bute, who owned many coal mains in South Wales. The rooms inside these towers are beautiful, I particularity love the nursery with the fairy tale paintings on the wall. From the castle, and all along the front of Bute Park, is the famed Animal Wall. This has recently been restored, and many of the carved animals have gems in their eyes, below are my favourites! The Animal Wall then ends in a beautiful building which I can only assume was an old gatehouse of some sort, now however it’s a restaurant but it really got my imagination running.
Bute Park is really beautiful and I really enjoyed walking amongst the trees.
Growing up I loved Secret Garden the film, and you can imagine my delight when I discovered the Secret Garden Cafe. This beautiful cafe is built inside a four red brick walls and take a look at the door, beautiful.
Lastly and by far my favourite discovery, was the remains of a medieval friary. The walls have been built up slightly to show where the walls once were and an engraved stone has been placed where the high alter once was. I love these sort of places, because they were so important to people’s lives.
What are your favourite places to explore?
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