Cardiff City Centre – 22 December 2007

OK, rather than take forever over this, I’ve split the Cardiff photos into two sets. The second, and larger one features Cardiff Bay, and I hope to have that done tomorrow evening. For now, here’s the first set, which show some moderately random landmarks around Cardiff City Centre. I arrived at Central Station from Pencoed, then took a roundabout route to Queen Street Station to get the train to Cardiff Bay. I could have taken another train, but I really wanted to have a look at my home town, which I hadn’t visited for a few years.

Among the pictures you will see some Doctor Who and Torchwood locations, some statues and sculptures, and some lovely buildings, including Cardiff Castle, which everyone should visit at least once. If you go, make sure you get the guided tour of the interior, which was rebuilt for the Marquess of Bute, then the richest man in the world, in a style best described as High Victorian Camp. Imagine the most over-the-top, gloriously bonkers Victorian decor. Then turn the knobs up to 15. That’s about half as mad as Cardiff Castle gets. Along with that, there’s the Norman keep, which offers some good views of the city, some remnants of the original Roman fort, and much more. It’s really quite wonderful.

You can also see the splendid early 20th Century Civic Centre, including the City Hall, with its dragons, and the National Museum and Gallery, a place I spend many Saturdays in as a child[1]. Along with some excellent displays of history and nature, there’s a superb collection of Impressionist art. Also well worth a long visit.

[1] Yes, I was a geek then, before I’d even heard the word :cheesy: