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UNITED KINGDOM - Wales


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Wales - Cardiff; Population - Wales - 3 million; Currency - Pound Sterling MORE UK - WALES

I was born and brought up on the north Wales coast. And at last, in 2012, I visited the capital. About time! I've now added more photos from a trip to mid and south Wales in the summer of 2016.

 

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wales293Elvis is alive and well and living in Cardiff Bay - Cardiff

 

wales251The fantastic looking Wales Millenium Centre is at Cardiff Bay - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales253The Centre hosts arts and culture events - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales261Next to the Centre is the red-brick Pierhead Building (which houses a history of the Bay), and also the Welsh Assembly (right) - Cardiff

 

wales276Inside the National Assembly for Wales, or Y Senedd in Welsh. The Assembly has the power to make legislation for Wales - Cardiff

 

wales265Roath Basin is one of a few former ports at Cardiff Bay - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales266The Norwegian Church Arts Centre overlooks Cardiff Bay - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales272Cardiff Bay Barrage seals the bay from the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic. The built-up area opposite is the town of Penarth - Cardiff

 

wales288Mermaid Quay is a multi-million pound development on the waterfront - Cardiff

 

wales283There's plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to entertain - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales292A sculpture at Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales291A homage to the BBC TV series Torchwood, much of which was filmed around the Bay - Cardiff

 

wales295A short walk inland is the area called Butetown, the centre of the city's coal trade in years gone by - Cardiff

 

wales248Take a water taxi from Mermaid Quay to the city centre - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales199The boat ride goes up the River Taff, past the Principality Stadium (formerly the Millenium Stadium) - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales208In addition to being the home of the Welsh rugby and football teams, the Principality Stadium hosts many concerts - Cardiff

 

wales762The home shirts of the Wales rugby team (WRU = Welsh Rugby Union) on a stadium tour - Cardiff

 

wales751A Welsh dragon mural near the entrance to the Principality Stadium - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales790It may be sacrilegious but I'm more a football man, and I was lucky enough to be in Cardiff when Wales played Moldova in a World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium. It was the first match since the Euro 2016 heroics, and we won 4-0!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales123Take a short bus ride from the centre to visit Llandaff Cathedral - Cardiff

 

wales127Some sections of Llandaff Cathedral date back to the 12th century - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales131Cardiff Market is set in a Victorian building selling food and knick-knacks - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales140The Animal Wall is a series of wildlife sculptures next to Cardiff Castle - Cardiff

 

wales139Clambering up Animal Wall - Cardiff

 

wales138Cardiff Castle's Clock Tower rises above the Animal Wall - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales168The 11th century Norman Keep is at the centre of the grounds of Cardiff Castle - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales162Past the moat and keep is the Clock Tower (left) and the Victorian Mansion - Cardiff

 

wales170The Clock Tower and Victorian Mansion, as seen from the Norman Keep - Cardiff

 

wales172Climb the steps of the Norman Keep for views of the Law Courts, City Hall and the National Museum of Cardiff - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales148Monument to the Abandoned Soldier - Cardiff Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales154The Wartime Tunnels were built into the castle walls for shelter during World War II - Cardiff

 

wales153Bute Park lies behind the castle - Cardiff

 

wales181Bute Park used to form part of the castle grounds - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales182Bute Park lies on the banks of the River Taff - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales183A creative sculpture in Bute Park - Cardiff

 

wales186Feeling hungry in Sophia Gardens, on the opposite side of the river from Bute Park - Cardiff

 

wales212Brains is the local Cardiff brewery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales752Welsh flags fly along St Mary Street, the heart of the city's shopping and nightlife - Cardiff- Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales237Several Victorian shopping arcades dot the city, this one being Morgan Arcade - Cardiff

 

wales238Opposite the castle is the aptly named Castle Arcade - Cardiff

 

wales219Wyndham Arcade - Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales801Only 30mins from Cardiff is Barry Island, a traditional seaside escape with a decent beach at Whitmore Bay

 

wales803Brightly painted beach huts at Whitmore Bay - Barry Island

 

wales795Barry Island is best known as the setting for British comedy series Gavin & Stacey starring James Corden, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon. Stacey worked at Marco's Cafe, right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales796Island Leisure is the amusement arcade where Nessa worked, and there's several souvenir shops selling tacky Gavin & Stacey memorabilia - Barry Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales806Also close to Cardiff is Caerphilly, a town famous for three things: its castle, Caerphilly cheese and the birthplace of the legendary blundering magician-turned-comedian Tommy Cooper

 

wales807The Tommy Cooper statue stands outside Caerphilly Castle - Caerphilly

 

wales810The moated 13th century Caerphilly Castle - Caerphilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales827The castle was built by Gilbert de Clare as a defence from Welsh king Llywelyn the Last - Caerphilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales829Looking at green of the Valleys from a castle tower. The Valleys is the name given to a large area of South Wales synonymous with coal mining and industrialisation. The post World War II decline of the coal industry hit the economies of The Valleys hard - Caerphilly

 

wales833The castle was eventually taken over by the Bute family, and in 1958 the moat was flooded with water again - Caerphilly

 

wales837A wooden sculpture of the 4th Marquess of Bute 'holds up' the leaning tower - Caerphilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wales845The city of Newport doesn't have a great reputation but it looked fine from the train..

 

 

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LINKS

www.visitwales.com - Wales tourist board

www.northwales.co.uk - guide to north Wales

www.gonorthwales.co.uk -

www.snowdonrailway.co.uk - take a train up Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain

www.snowdon.com - more info on Snowdon

www.visitmidwales.co.uk - guide to mid Wales

www.tourism.powys.gov.uk - another site focussed on mid Wales

www.southernwales.com - guide to south Wales

www.walestourism.com

www.visitbritain.com - Britain's official tourism website

www.britainexpress.com

www.thetrainline.com - train information across Britain

www.nationalexpress.com - National Express coaches cover Britain

 

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