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Just 1 mile away is Roath Park, opened in 1894 , was one of the first public parks in Cardiff’s and still retains its classic Victorian atmosphere and layout of characterful linear parks, extending along the Nant Fawr stream. Each section of the park was designed for a specific purpose and the park still provides a wide range of horticultural interest, nature conservation and activities to delight today’s visitors. The 30 acre man-made lake is a popular facility for fishing and boating. The Scott Memorial Lighthouse on the lake is one of Cardiff’s iconic images. Wild Garden: North of the lake, its winding paths and wildflowers are shaded by trees Llandennis Oval: North of the Wild garden, this is a site steeped in history. Its ancient pond is said to be the site of St Isan’s 12th century ‘Llan’ or enclosure. Botanic Garden: South of the dam, the ‘botanics’ contains a superb tree and shrub collection, floral displays, adventure playground and Roath Park Conservatory. Roath Pleasure Gardens: Lying south of Eastern Avenue, the Pleasure Gardens provides bowls, tennis and basketball facilities in a parkland setting. Roath Recreation Ground: South east of the Pleasure Gardens, the home of Welsh baseball also provides football and rugby pitches, a children’s playground and trim trail. You can see "The Rec" from your balcony. Roath Park Conservatory (Botanic Garden) open for self guided tours and school visits Public toilets and baby changing – Next to the playground in the Botanic gardens Boat station toilets – Open when the boat station is open. Children’s playgrounds (Botanic Garden and Recreation Ground) Roath Park cafeteria (Botanic Garden) Trim Trail: in Roath Recreation Ground Tennis courts: in Roath Pleasure Gardens, open all year round – no charges. Bowling Green and pavilion: in Roath Pleasure Gardens Ice cream kiosk (Botanic Garden) Boat hire from the boatstage at Roath Park Lake Sports fields and changing rooms Available for booking. Bowling and tennis at Roath Pleasure Gardens Wildlife Explorer Trail: for children. The park and pleasure gardens are open from 7.30am – 30 minutes before sunset. The recreation ground is open 24 hours a day. Parking: On-street parking is available in the surrounding area.
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Just 1 mile away is Roath Park, opened in 1894 , was one of the first public parks in Cardiff’s and still retains its classic Victorian atmosphere and layout of characterful linear parks, extending along the Nant Fawr stream. Each section of the park was designed for a specific purpose and the park still provides a wide range of horticultural interest, nature conservation and activities to delight today’s visitors. The 30 acre man-made lake is a popular facility for fishing and boating. The Scott Memorial Lighthouse on the lake is one of Cardiff’s iconic images. Wild Garden: North of the lake, its winding paths and wildflowers are shaded by trees Llandennis Oval: North of the Wild garden, this is a site steeped in history. Its ancient pond is said to be the site of St Isan’s 12th century ‘Llan’ or enclosure. Botanic Garden: South of the dam, the ‘botanics’ contains a superb tree and shrub collection, floral displays, adventure playground and Roath Park Conservatory. Roath Pleasure Gardens: Lying south of Eastern Avenue, the Pleasure Gardens provides bowls, tennis and basketball facilities in a parkland setting. Roath Recreation Ground: South east of the Pleasure Gardens, the home of Welsh baseball also provides football and rugby pitches, a children’s playground and trim trail. You can see "The Rec" from your balcony. Roath Park Conservatory (Botanic Garden) open for self guided tours and school visits Public toilets and baby changing – Next to the playground in the Botanic gardens Boat station toilets – Open when the boat station is open. Children’s playgrounds (Botanic Garden and Recreation Ground) Roath Park cafeteria (Botanic Garden) Trim Trail: in Roath Recreation Ground Tennis courts: in Roath Pleasure Gardens, open all year round – no charges. Bowling Green and pavilion: in Roath Pleasure Gardens Ice cream kiosk (Botanic Garden) Boat hire from the boatstage at Roath Park Lake Sports fields and changing rooms Available for booking. Bowling and tennis at Roath Pleasure Gardens Wildlife Explorer Trail: for children. The park and pleasure gardens are open from 7.30am – 30 minutes before sunset. The recreation ground is open 24 hours a day. Parking: On-street parking is available in the surrounding area.
Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.
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Château de Cardiff
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Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.
National Museum Cardiff is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Entry is kept free by a grant from the Welsh Government; however, they do ask for donations throughout the museum.
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National Museum Cardiff
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National Museum Cardiff is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Entry is kept free by a grant from the Welsh Government; however, they do ask for donations throughout the museum.
Wales has its own devolved legislature and executive, which means a parliament and government of our own. The Welsh Parliament makes laws and scrutinises the Welsh Government to make sure they're doing an effective job of providing services and safeguarding the interests of the people of Wales. If you're a political nut, or just interested in learning more about how Wales is run, you can visit the Senedd and take a tour of the sustainable building, designed by renowned architect Richard Rogers. Catch a show at the Wales Millennium Centre The Wales Millennium Centre is the national arts centre for Wales, where you can find the best shows that are touring nationally; it has hosted Les Mis, Wicked, Footloose and Cats, amongst others. It’s also home to Welsh companies like the National Dance Company of Wales, Hijinx Theatre and the BBC National Orchestra. Make sure to stop in for a free show on the Glanfa Stage, or to grab dinner or a cocktail at award-winning Ffresh. It’s an easy, breezy stroll around the bay across the sea barrage to Penarth Marina. There’s a flat tarmac pathway so it’s ideal for pushchairs or bikes. Just before the Barrage there’s a great kids’ playground featuring pretend shipwrecks buried in sand. The Barrage has several locks, offering lots to keep curious kids happy. Taxi boats run at least hourly back to Mermaid Quay from just across the locks next to Penarth Marina. Make sure to visit the various Coffi Co stop offs around the Bay - they're all friendly and serve food into the evenings. When the Bay was flooded, Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve was created on the site of a former salt marsh. It features reedy marshland and floating timber structures offering sheltered breeding areas for birds. Stroll along the gravel walkway which starts at the car park next to the voco® St David’s Cardiff, through to the west end of the reserve. Here you’ll find a long boardwalk with a viewing area, which is a great spot for bird watching. Best of all, it’s free.Enjoy a maritime-themed tour and the best views of the Bay A great family friendly (and quirky) attraction on the waterside, the World of Boats offers over 40 rare boats from around the world, plus video, touchscreen, hands-on exhibits and some working boat restoration projects. Plus the bar has the best view of the Bay - head over there for sunset to get a really special bayside experience.Step back in time in the Pierhead The Pierhead is a Grade One listed building, originally built as offices for the Bute Docks Company (later renamed the Cardiff Railway Company). In 1922, the Great Western Railway (GWR) took over and the Pierhead became its head office. Following the decline in the coal industry the Pierhead became disused - it was eventually revived as part of the National Assembly for Wales’ estate in 2010. Today it is an event and conference venue, which hosts art exhibitions and has historical displays for visitors to enjoy. The Norwegian Church and cafe Although we don’t seem to make much of it, Cardiff played a huge role in the Industrial Revolution - coal from the South Wales valleys was shipped to the world from the port of Cardiff. This made Cardiff a rich city, attracting sailors and seamen from across the world, a legacy that perseveres in the diversity of Cardiff’s docklands communities today. The Norwegian Church was built to serve the Norwegian sailors who docked in the city. Today the restored church - with its attractive white clapboard cladding and pointy spire - features an interesting gallery and friendly café with a patio offering views across the bay. Interesting fact - this is the church that Roald Dahl was christened in. Explore the past The Coal Exchange building in Mount Stuart Square represents a significant part of Cardiff’s industrial history. Towards the end of the 1800s Cardiff was the biggest coal port in the world with up to 10,000 coal owners, ship owners and their agents using the Coal Exchange every day; doing business, and making their fortunes. Rumour has it the first £1m cheque was written here. After the decline of the coal industry, the building has been used as everything from a gig venue to the proposed home of the Welsh Assembly in the 1970s (the vote did not pass, and so the building remained empty). It's recently been converted to a hotel with many of the building’s original features still on show - pop in for coffee or a cocktail and have a nose around.
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Cardiff Bay
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Wales has its own devolved legislature and executive, which means a parliament and government of our own. The Welsh Parliament makes laws and scrutinises the Welsh Government to make sure they're doing an effective job of providing services and safeguarding the interests of the people of Wales. If you're a political nut, or just interested in learning more about how Wales is run, you can visit the Senedd and take a tour of the sustainable building, designed by renowned architect Richard Rogers. Catch a show at the Wales Millennium Centre The Wales Millennium Centre is the national arts centre for Wales, where you can find the best shows that are touring nationally; it has hosted Les Mis, Wicked, Footloose and Cats, amongst others. It’s also home to Welsh companies like the National Dance Company of Wales, Hijinx Theatre and the BBC National Orchestra. Make sure to stop in for a free show on the Glanfa Stage, or to grab dinner or a cocktail at award-winning Ffresh. It’s an easy, breezy stroll around the bay across the sea barrage to Penarth Marina. There’s a flat tarmac pathway so it’s ideal for pushchairs or bikes. Just before the Barrage there’s a great kids’ playground featuring pretend shipwrecks buried in sand. The Barrage has several locks, offering lots to keep curious kids happy. Taxi boats run at least hourly back to Mermaid Quay from just across the locks next to Penarth Marina. Make sure to visit the various Coffi Co stop offs around the Bay - they're all friendly and serve food into the evenings. When the Bay was flooded, Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve was created on the site of a former salt marsh. It features reedy marshland and floating timber structures offering sheltered breeding areas for birds. Stroll along the gravel walkway which starts at the car park next to the voco® St David’s Cardiff, through to the west end of the reserve. Here you’ll find a long boardwalk with a viewing area, which is a great spot for bird watching. Best of all, it’s free.Enjoy a maritime-themed tour and the best views of the Bay A great family friendly (and quirky) attraction on the waterside, the World of Boats offers over 40 rare boats from around the world, plus video, touchscreen, hands-on exhibits and some working boat restoration projects. Plus the bar has the best view of the Bay - head over there for sunset to get a really special bayside experience.Step back in time in the Pierhead The Pierhead is a Grade One listed building, originally built as offices for the Bute Docks Company (later renamed the Cardiff Railway Company). In 1922, the Great Western Railway (GWR) took over and the Pierhead became its head office. Following the decline in the coal industry the Pierhead became disused - it was eventually revived as part of the National Assembly for Wales’ estate in 2010. Today it is an event and conference venue, which hosts art exhibitions and has historical displays for visitors to enjoy. The Norwegian Church and cafe Although we don’t seem to make much of it, Cardiff played a huge role in the Industrial Revolution - coal from the South Wales valleys was shipped to the world from the port of Cardiff. This made Cardiff a rich city, attracting sailors and seamen from across the world, a legacy that perseveres in the diversity of Cardiff’s docklands communities today. The Norwegian Church was built to serve the Norwegian sailors who docked in the city. Today the restored church - with its attractive white clapboard cladding and pointy spire - features an interesting gallery and friendly café with a patio offering views across the bay. Interesting fact - this is the church that Roald Dahl was christened in. Explore the past The Coal Exchange building in Mount Stuart Square represents a significant part of Cardiff’s industrial history. Towards the end of the 1800s Cardiff was the biggest coal port in the world with up to 10,000 coal owners, ship owners and their agents using the Coal Exchange every day; doing business, and making their fortunes. Rumour has it the first £1m cheque was written here. After the decline of the coal industry, the building has been used as everything from a gig venue to the proposed home of the Welsh Assembly in the 1970s (the vote did not pass, and so the building remained empty). It's recently been converted to a hotel with many of the building’s original features still on show - pop in for coffee or a cocktail and have a nose around.
Croeso – welcome to St Fagans National Museum of History This museum has been Wales’s most popular heritage attraction for many years. It holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Wales. This is because St Fagans is a people’s museum, where we explore history together through people’s everyday lives. The museum stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and gardens, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth in 1948. Since 1948 over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen's Institute At St Fagans you’re invited to explore the story of Wales, to shape it and share it with others. In the galleries you can do this in different ways – through play, sharing online or by making things yourself by hand. The galleries have been created with the help of numerous individuals, organizations and communities across Wales.Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagans alive, in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale. Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily. Visitors gain an insight into the rich heritage and culture of Wales, and the Welsh language can be heard in daily use amongst craftsmen and interpreters. Throughout the year, St Fagans comes to life as traditional festivals, music and dance events are celebrated. St Fagans explores all aspects of how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Like generations of visitors, you will be inspired by its celebration of Welsh traditions and lifestyles. Our wonderful beech woodland is great place to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. The parkland is a sanctuary for birds, bats and rare animals.
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St Fagans National History Museum
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Croeso – welcome to St Fagans National Museum of History This museum has been Wales’s most popular heritage attraction for many years. It holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Wales. This is because St Fagans is a people’s museum, where we explore history together through people’s everyday lives. The museum stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and gardens, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth in 1948. Since 1948 over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen's Institute At St Fagans you’re invited to explore the story of Wales, to shape it and share it with others. In the galleries you can do this in different ways – through play, sharing online or by making things yourself by hand. The galleries have been created with the help of numerous individuals, organizations and communities across Wales.Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagans alive, in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale. Native breeds of livestock can be seen in the fields and farmyards, and demonstrations of farming tasks take place daily. Visitors gain an insight into the rich heritage and culture of Wales, and the Welsh language can be heard in daily use amongst craftsmen and interpreters. Throughout the year, St Fagans comes to life as traditional festivals, music and dance events are celebrated. St Fagans explores all aspects of how people in Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Like generations of visitors, you will be inspired by its celebration of Welsh traditions and lifestyles. Our wonderful beech woodland is great place to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. The parkland is a sanctuary for birds, bats and rare animals.
Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales. The first castle on the site was built by the Normans after 1081, to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge.
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Castell Coch
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Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales. The first castle on the site was built by the Normans after 1081, to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge.
Neighbourhoods
Penylan is a district and community in the east of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, known for its Edwardian era period houses and spacious tree lined roads and avenues. It is one of the most affluent districts of Cardiff. Penylan has a number of large parks, including the southern part of Roath Park, and is one of the greenest areas in Cardiff. It is also known for its very strong sense of community, largely due to the parks, road layouts, churches, and local post offices and newsagents. It is served by Penylan Library.
Pen-y-lan
Penylan is a district and community in the east of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, known for its Edwardian era period houses and spacious tree lined roads and avenues. It is one of the most affluent districts of Cardiff. Penylan has a number of large parks, including the southern part of Roath Park, and is one of the greenest areas in Cardiff. It is also known for its very strong sense of community, largely due to the parks, road layouts, churches, and local post offices and newsagents. It is served by Penylan Library.
Just a short walk, ideal for a picnic...Waterloo Gardens is laid out in Edwardian style herbaceous borders and annual bedding. Edwardian Gardens Waterloo Gardens has paths and flower beds laid out as they would have been during Edwardian times. It is linked with Roath Park and its boating lake via Roath Mill Gardens a ribbon park and wildlife corridor. Saint Margaret's Church ~ Saint Margaret's Church dedicated to Saint Margaret of Anitoch was built by the Third Marquess of Bute in 1870 on the site of an earlier Norman chapel, it adjoins the gardens and provides a dramatic backdrop. Roath Brook ~ Roath brook - Nant Fawr, Nant y Lleici which flows through Waterloo Gardens runs from Roath Park Lake down through Roath Mill Gardens into Waterloo Gardens and on through Sainsbury's across Colchester Avenue and so to the river Rhumney.
Waterloo Gardens
Just a short walk, ideal for a picnic...Waterloo Gardens is laid out in Edwardian style herbaceous borders and annual bedding. Edwardian Gardens Waterloo Gardens has paths and flower beds laid out as they would have been during Edwardian times. It is linked with Roath Park and its boating lake via Roath Mill Gardens a ribbon park and wildlife corridor. Saint Margaret's Church ~ Saint Margaret's Church dedicated to Saint Margaret of Anitoch was built by the Third Marquess of Bute in 1870 on the site of an earlier Norman chapel, it adjoins the gardens and provides a dramatic backdrop. Roath Brook ~ Roath brook - Nant Fawr, Nant y Lleici which flows through Waterloo Gardens runs from Roath Park Lake down through Roath Mill Gardens into Waterloo Gardens and on through Sainsbury's across Colchester Avenue and so to the river Rhumney.
City/town information
Cardiff is a fresh, 21st century shopping experience featuring many of the high street’s most popular names across a spacious 1.4million square feet including Cardiff's shopping centres, markets and high street stores. Big brand shops in Cardiff include the Apple Store, as well as fashion retailers like Hollister, All Saints, Jo Malone and Calvin Klein.John Lewis and Marks & Spencer have major stores in the heart of the city at the St David's Centre and there are eating places galore. The new blends superbly with the old. Cardiff Market has traded in one guise or another since the 1700s and the striking glass-roofed Victorian structure it has inhabited for the past couple of centuries features some of the capital city’s most-loved butchers and fishmongers, as well as an array of traditional sweetshops and bakers. There are six Victorian arcades in Cardiff, offering an intimate environment for shoppers who enjoy an alternative to the well-trodden path of the high street. The Castle Quarter is made up of High Street Arcade, Duke Street Arcade and Castle Arcade. These are historic structures full of vintage clothes stores, craft shops and coffee shops. Just a short stroll away is The Royal Arcade, Wyndham Arcade and Morgan Arcade, full of clothes shops, jewellery stores and eating places. While there are just too many great places to list, it is worth noting that Morgan Arcade is home to a genuine Cardiff institution. Spillers Records first opened its doors in 1894, making it the oldest record shop in the world. The pleasure of shopping in Cardiff city centre is that it is largely pedestrian, covering an area that is a comfortable stroll, rather than an exhausting marathon. Queen Street has an array of retail giants, flanked by the Queens Arcade.There are a variety of seasonal attractions, including the open-air Cardiff Christmas Market on The Hayes, right in the heart of the action. Imagine rows of beach cabins displaying a huge range of Welsh art and crafts and you’re halfway there. With the growth in popularity of the pop-up shop, these spaces have gained a certain street credibility that attracts more stallholders and customers with each passing year.
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Cardiff
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Cardiff is a fresh, 21st century shopping experience featuring many of the high street’s most popular names across a spacious 1.4million square feet including Cardiff's shopping centres, markets and high street stores. Big brand shops in Cardiff include the Apple Store, as well as fashion retailers like Hollister, All Saints, Jo Malone and Calvin Klein.John Lewis and Marks & Spencer have major stores in the heart of the city at the St David's Centre and there are eating places galore. The new blends superbly with the old. Cardiff Market has traded in one guise or another since the 1700s and the striking glass-roofed Victorian structure it has inhabited for the past couple of centuries features some of the capital city’s most-loved butchers and fishmongers, as well as an array of traditional sweetshops and bakers. There are six Victorian arcades in Cardiff, offering an intimate environment for shoppers who enjoy an alternative to the well-trodden path of the high street. The Castle Quarter is made up of High Street Arcade, Duke Street Arcade and Castle Arcade. These are historic structures full of vintage clothes stores, craft shops and coffee shops. Just a short stroll away is The Royal Arcade, Wyndham Arcade and Morgan Arcade, full of clothes shops, jewellery stores and eating places. While there are just too many great places to list, it is worth noting that Morgan Arcade is home to a genuine Cardiff institution. Spillers Records first opened its doors in 1894, making it the oldest record shop in the world. The pleasure of shopping in Cardiff city centre is that it is largely pedestrian, covering an area that is a comfortable stroll, rather than an exhausting marathon. Queen Street has an array of retail giants, flanked by the Queens Arcade.There are a variety of seasonal attractions, including the open-air Cardiff Christmas Market on The Hayes, right in the heart of the action. Imagine rows of beach cabins displaying a huge range of Welsh art and crafts and you’re halfway there. With the growth in popularity of the pop-up shop, these spaces have gained a certain street credibility that attracts more stallholders and customers with each passing year.

Conseils aux voyageurs

Se déplacer dans les environs
Numerous buses and local taxi/uber
Bus no. 57, 58, from outside the apartment and 53, X1 from nearby bus stop Dragon Taxis 02920333333 Premier Taxis 02920555555 Capitol Cabs 02920777777
Phrases utiles
Croeso means welcome
Cwtch - my favorite Welsh word meaning to cuddle, snuggle or hug