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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 - Wales tourist board - guide to north Wales - - take a train up Snowdon, Wales' highest mountain - more info on Snowdon - guide to mid Wales - another site focussed on mid Wales - guide to south Wales - Britain's official tourism website - train information across Britain - Wales public transport journey planner - National Express coaches cover Britain


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