By Nerys Lloyd-Pierce
There are many reasons to visit Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan but here are the top 10.
The Wales Millennium Centre is a lively arts village in its own right. Home to world-renowned Welsh National Opera, visiting West End musicals and eight other organisations, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
It’s the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, the scene of two Six Nations Grand Slam triumphs.
The city’s network of Victorian and Edwardian arcades have helped Cardiff build a reputation as one of the UK’s top shopping destinations, and houses dozens of independent shops, restaurants and cafes. The arcades are also delightful architecturally.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast is the perfect place for a day out whether you want to walk the stunning coast path, indulge in a spot of surfing, or simply chill out on the beach and have a swim. Summer or winter, the jagged cliff scenery is awe inspiring.
The Vale of Glamorgan has more than its fair share of fabulous pubs with roaring log fires, great beer gardens, excellent food, and lovely locations in which to relax and get away from it all.
Cardiff’s own unique island of Flat Holm, out in the Bristol Channel, has a wealth of history and wildlife and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Nature Reserve. Marconi also made his first radio transmission over open sea from the island.
Cardiff Castle presents a fairy-tale presence, right in the heart of the city, overlooking the main shopping centres.
The National History Museum at St. Fagans is home to a variety of historic buildings from across Wales – all of which were taken apart brick by brick and carefully reconstructed in the museum to present a view of life in Wales over the last 500 years.
The National Museum, Cardiff houses one of the finest collections of Impressionist works outside Paris – bequeathed to the nation by two wealthy Welsh sisters, Gwendoline and Margaret Davies.
Officially the oldest record store in the world, Spillers Records has been a fixture in Cardiff since 1894.
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