|Wales has undergone many changes in the last
decade and nowhere is this more apparent than the transformation of the
capital city, Cardiff. There are plenty of places to visit and enjoy, from
the cosmopolitan city centre to the scenic Vale of Glamorgan and
Step out of the station and turn right, towards St Mary Street, one of the oldest streets in the city. Some of its early architecture is still intact, as are the classic old shopping arcades and the grand House of Fraser department store. Next call in at the old indoor market opened in 1891 which retains its original roof and décor, and has the stalls placed in the same positions as they were the first day of trading. Local delicacies, such as cheeses, meats and wines, are on sale here at a very reasonable price.
Coming out of the market cross St John Square past the 15th century church of St John the Baptist. The magnificent bell tower has views of Castell Coch (Red Castle) and beyond. You may prefer to sample the delightful selection of restaurants here which offer Italian, Chinese and American food enjoyed inside or en terrasse. Continue south to the top of Queen Street, a pedestrianised shopping centre, complete with cafes, pubs, restaurants, indoor shopping, famous name brands and bargains galore. If you prefer history then turn back towards Cardiff Castle, a Norman fortification built in the 11th century. For a small entry fee take a tour of the castle gardens and keep, sit in the famous banqueting hall or walk along the battlements. To learn more about the historic growth of Cardiff from small town to major iron and coal exporting port, jump on one of the open air City Tour buses outside the castle entrance - an excellent way to see Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff Bay and the Millennium Stadium.
The gardens are behind the civic buildings and at their centre stands a beautiful war memorial. For a pleasant walk, cross North Road into Coopers Field and follow the footpath over the bridge, along the banks of the River Taff, past the National Institute of Sport and Glamorgan County Cricket ground to Pontcanna Fields and Black Weir.
Cardiff Bay and Atlantic Wharf
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