6 March 2015

A Day in Cardiff

A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine came to visit me in Bristol and we went on a one-day trip to Cardiff. It was a fantastic adventure and we discovered some very pretty locations.

We left in the morning from Bristol City Centre. Personally, I prefer to travel by bus than by train; it's cheaper and you get to avoid that I'm-gonna-miss-it feeling that haunts you until you are on the train and made sure that you asked it is the right one at least twice. For my own good, we traveled on a quiet Megabus that got us to the destination in around an hour.

There was a big change in weather from Bristol to Cardiff; it was a lot gloomier and it rained for a while. It wasn't too bad though.

We went to visit Cardiff Castle (or Castell Caerdydd in Welsh) which was incredibly beautiful. For those interested in history, the castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders over a Roman fort. It was later involved in the conflicts between the Anglo-Normans and the Welsh, and it was renovated through the centuries by different dynasties. As you will imagine, the style is interestingly mixed, which makes its interiors absolutely unique.

The castle is divided into two parts, including a fort and a house.We started from the house, which magically brought us back in time. It wasn't very crowded so we got to take many pictures and enjoyed the beautiful view from the windows. I wished they could turn the house into a hotel, just to enjoy it for a bit longer than a quick morning visit! What my friend and I fell for was the library. My love for books is just infinite, so I immediately fell in love with it. I would have liked to pick them from the shelves and smell them! Not possible in a museum I'm afraid...

In the afternoon we walked around the city centre. I found it quite similar to Bristol's Cabot Circus. After all, Cardiff is also in the South West. A big difference I noticed was the lack of local shops that Bristol is rich with. Or at least, the fact that they were all grouped in small galleries along the main street made them seem like chains.  We felt quite tired and spent a long time in a coffee shop sipping English Breakfast tea and eating chocolate brownies. The perfect ending to a day of travel!

The journey back was quicker as it usually is. Will I go back? Maybe. Next time I'd like to visit the rural side of Wales that I got to know as a little girl, and take breathtaking pictures of Welsh nature.


  1. Loved the photos of the Cardiff Castle library. I love books as well, and I think your idea to pick them up and smell them sounds great! Haha

  2. Thank you so much! Haha yeah I almost did!