Cardiff City Centre
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, the city centre is approximately 11 miles from Bryn-y-Ddafad.
A daily Park and Ride service to the city centre is approximately 20 minutes drive from Bryn-y-Ddafad. The cost is £3.50 per car for a return journey.
In addition to many multi-story car parks, there is an excellent outdoor Pay & Display Car Park at Sophia Gardens which is alongside the River Taff. A footbridge from the car park gives direct access to Bute Park, the beautiful grounds of Cardiff Castle where various events are held including the R.H.S. Show annually in mid April.
Bute Park, the grounds of Cardiff Castle
The 56 hectare park is a green haven in the heart of the city and has recently undergone a 5.6.million restoration project supported by a 3.1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Grade 1 listed park is renowned for its historic landscape designed by Capability Brown, scheduled ancient monument, arboretum and a wealth of archaeological and nature conservation interest.
The Summerhouse Kiosk echoing the design of the original William Burgess summerhouse in the park provides much needed refreshment and toilet facilities.
The iconic William Burgess Animal Wall has been cleaned and restored.
The West Lodge of the Castle has also been restored and is now home to Pettigrews , Cardiff's proudly independent Traditional Tea Rooms. Named in honour of Mr. Andrew Pettigrew, head gardener at the Castle from 1873-1903. The tea rooms serve fine teas & coffees, sandwiches, salads, fresh soups and a delicious selection of homemade cakes.
Featured in 'Britain's Best Buildings', the castle's history spans 2000 years dating from the arrival of the Romans in the 1st century. It was rebuilt after Norman Conquest when the 12th century Norman keep was added which affords magnificent views across the city. Visitors are free to climb to the top of the keep unguided. From 1865 the 3rd Marquis of Bute, reputedly the richest man in the world employed architect William Burgess to transform the castle lodgings. The guided tour is of the Victorian apartments.
Within Gothic towers he created lavish & opulent interiors rich with murals, stained glass, marble gilding and elaborate woodcarvings. Other points of interest are the regimental museums and the famous animal wall.
After the Second World War the Castle was gifted to the people of Cardiff by the Bute family and is administered by Cardiff City Council. Anyone living or working in Cardiff is eligible for a pass which permits free admission to the Castle at any time.
Opposite the Castle is the Principality Stadium built to host 1999 Rugby World Cup and originally known as the Millennium Stadium. The stadium hosts the Home Games of the Welsh Rugby and Football Teams. It is also the venue of International Speedway, conferences and concerts. The guided tours include the Pitch, the Home Dressing Room, the Press Conference Suite and the Players' Tunnel.
National Museum and Gallery of Wales
A ten minute walk from the castle is National Museum & Gallery of Wales. It stands alongside the impressive City Hall. The museum houses the largest collection of impressionist paintings in Europe outside Paris, along with the best Welsh art, and world-class collections of everything from archaeology to zoology.
City Hall, Cathays Park
Completed in 1906 - centrepiece of a magnificent collection of Edwardian buildings built in Portland stone & set around a haven of formal gardens.
City Sightseeing Hop on/ Hop off Tours
Take in the sights of the City and the Bay from an open topped bus. The twelve stops include Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum & Gallery in the city centre and Mermaid Quay and the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.