3 Night Cardiff City to Coast
3 Night Cardiff City to Coast Ref: 3CCC
3 nights Hotel Indigo An IHG Hotel 4* or similar, Cardiff
1 x Standard Double/Twin Room
Start Time: 09:30am or 12:30pm
Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
Today we visit Cardiff Castle, a truly spectacular Castle sitting proudly right in the city centre imperiously looking over the city. Whilst not being the tallest or largest structure in the City, it is still one of the largest buildings and dominates the surrounding area.
We pass by the Principality Stadium, a 74,500 all seater multi use arena in the heart of the city centre. It is the 2nd largest stadium in the world with a retractable roof.
Next we pass the Wales Millennium Centre. The Wales Millennium Centre is located in Cardiff Bay and is home to The Welsh National Opera. The National Dance Company and BBC Welsh National Orchestra of Wales are also based here as are numerous other arts organisations. Building work began in 2002 and was fully opened in 2009. The Centre comprises 3 theatres, the main one being the 1897 capacity Donald Gordon Theatre. In addition there are two smaller theatres. One with 350 seats and a third one with 250 seats. There are also a number of function rooms, rehearsal spaces, dance studios and orchestra space. A number of bars, restaurants and cafes’ are located in the Foyer area. These are open to the public during the day and evening.
Roald Dahl Plass is a large open space in Cardiff Bay in front of the Wales Millennium Centre. It is named after the famous children author Roald Dahl who was born in Cardiff. This public space has been the site of many events and exhibitions. Most summers, the Plass is converted into a huge Beach, complete with fairground rides.
Cardiff Bay Barrage took 7 years to build. In the 1990’s, it was one of the largest civil engineering projects in Europe. At a cost of £120m the Barrage opened in 2001. Sitting on the mouth of the Severn Estuary, Cardiff experienced the same tidal ranges as the rest of the Severn Estuary, which are the 2nd highest in the world. This meant that when the tide went out, large mudflats were exposed. Cardiff was susceptible to flooding from tidal surges. The construction of the Barrage helped solve both these issues. First it stopped water going out with the tide, making the area more attractive, usable and likely to attract investment, whilst also protecting Cardiff from flooding by keeping tidal surges out. The Barrage created a 2 square kilometre freshwater lake. Its construction started the regeneration of Cardiff Bay and Cardiff as a whole. Today the Barrage also provides a walk and cycle path linking Penarth and Cardiff.
Insole Court is a large Grade II listed Mansion house located in Llandaff, not far from Llandaff Cathedral. The house was built in 1850 for James Harvey Insole, a wealthy businessman with interests in coal mining, shipping and railways. It was extended in the 1870’s, drawing great inspiration from Cardiff Castle.
Roath Park is a popular destination for families and joggers alike, located in the north of Cardiff. Covering a total of 130 acres. The park is split in two, Roath Park Lake and Roath Park Recreation Ground or Roath Park Rec. The Northern part of the Park is known as Roath Park Lake, due to the lake that covers half of this part of the park and is 1.3 Miles around. Home too many water birds, such as Swans and Geese, the lake is also popular with anglers, and has rowing and pedal boats that can be hired. A small lighthouse was added in 1915, to commemorate Captain Scott. His ill-fated exhibition to the Antarctic, which left set off from Cardiff in 1910 on the ship, Terra Nova. As well as the lake, the northern half of the Park also has an extensive garden. This is home to 12 Champion Trees and a Conservatory. The conservatory, has a tropical feel to it and houses a pond with many fish and is surrounded by unusual plants such as banana trees and palms.
Llandaff Cathedral was constructed in the 12th Century and was built over an existing ancient Celtic Church. It is one of two Cathedrals in Cardiff and is located in Llandaff, a City within a City.
Cathays Park is Cardiff’s Civic Centre and contains many impressive and Listed Buildings. Formerly part of Cardiff Castle grounds, the land was purchased by Cardiff Council from the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1898. The Marquess stipulated as a condition of the sale, that the land could only be used for civic, cultural and educational purposes and the avenues were to be preserved. Alexandra Gardens is one of 3 Gardens located within Cathays Park. It is the largest of the three and contains formal lawns with island flowerbeds and trees. The Welsh National War Memorial is in the centre of the park and was unveiled in 1928. Since then a number of other smaller memorials have been added to the park including one for the Falklands and Spanish Civil Wars.
Pierhead Building, the distinctive red brick building in Cardiff Bay is Grade I listed and was built in 1897 by architect William Frame. Frame’s mentor had been William Burges and the building is built in a French-Gothic Renaissance theme. Originally owned by the Bute Docks Company, it was the HQ for the company. After the 2nd World War it became the administrative offices for the Port of Cardiff. As the docks declined, The Pierhead building was all but abandoned. Following redevelopment of Cardiff Bay, the Pierhead Building was reopened as an exhibition and visitor centre by the Welsh Assembly. Today the Pierhead Building is home to an exhibition that charts the rise and fall of Cardiff as a port and the subsequent rebirth of Cardiff Bay.
Start Time: 08:30am (Sat & Sun)
Duration: 5 Hrs 30 Mins
Explore parts of the Welsh coastline that many visitors overlook during this half day excursion, which starts in Ogmore-by-Sea and includes a stop at Dunraven Bay. Stroll along the coastal path, enjoying picturesque views and time to stop for snacks along the way, without worrying about the logistics of your arrival and departure.
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Prices From: AUD $599.00 per person (Based on Twin/Double Share)
* Local City Tax not included. Prices and availability subject to seasonality.