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Bute ParkDistance From Cardiff Airport: 13.6mi / 21.9km
Western Avenue, Cardiff CF10 – Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)29 20 227 281 – Fax: +44 (0)29 20 239 162
Bute Park offers a welcome retreat only five minutes from bustling Cardiff city centre. From within its peaceful grounds, visitors can see the impressive structure of the Millennium Stadium and the beautiful façade of Cardiff Castle, they can hear notes carried on the wind from the nearby Welsh College of Music and Drama, and they can enjoy the large expanse of greenery the park affords. The River Taff runs through the park which has a beautiful array of flowers as well as a miniature version of Stonehenge. A garden in the heart of the city.
Cardiff Bay Barrage
Cardiff Bay BarrageDistance From Cardiff Airport: 12.3mi / 19.9km
c/o Cardiff Harbour Authority, Queen Alexandra Dock, Cargo Road, Docks, Cardiff CF10 4LY – Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)2920 877900 – Fax: +44 (0)2920 877901
The old, industrial docklands of both Cardiff and Penarth have seen extensive regeneration and development over the past 20 years and the Cardiff Bay Barrage is its greatest symbol. The barrage, which links Cardiff docks to Penarth docks, has created a freshwater lake within the bay and is a remarkable feat of engineering. The lake itself is home to a wide range of fish and birds and the barrage offers visitors the perfect way to take in the views of the bay. The barrage has a picnic area and visitors can walk across it from the Penarth side although not all the way across to Cardiff Bay. However, there are waterbuses and a little train that will take you from one side to the other.
Cardiff’s Winter WonderlandDistance From Cardiff Airport: 13.2mi / 21.3km
City Hall Lawn, Boulevard de Nantes, Cardiff CF10 – Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 2087
Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is an annual event that delights both young and old. From the moment the Christmas period begins until the New Year celebrations are all over, Cardiff enters into the festive spirit and transforms City Hall Lawn into a magical fantasy land. There is a large outdoor skating rink (which must be booked in advance due to demand), fairground rides for the children, carol singing, stalls selling Christmas goods and festive treats, and an undercover restaurant area with a variety of food and drink available – an experience not to be missed.
Wales Millennium CentreDistance From Cardiff Airport: 12.7mi / 20.4km
Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL – Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)2920 636400 – Fax: +44 (0)2920 636401
The Wales Millennium Centre is a huge, architecturally spectacular building in the heart of Cardiff Bay. The use of slate, wood, metal, and glass pays tribute to Wales and its industrial past. The main theatre is the Donald Gordon Theatre that plays host to some of the best international opera, ballet, and dance, while the smaller Weston Studio has some fantastic drama, comedy and music on offer. There are also many free music events to enjoy in the large open space as you enter the Centre, and an interactive gallery on a performing arts theme. Buy your tickets now!
St Fagans CastleDistance From Cardiff Airport: 10.6mi / 17km
St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff CF5 6XB – Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)2920 573500 – Fax: +44 (0)2920 573348
St Fagans Castle, which is actually an impressive Elizabethan manor house, was built in the late 16th century and was donated to the Welsh people by the Earl of Plymouth. It is now the principle attraction in Wales’ most popular and successful museum, the open-air Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans, and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens that include a knot garden, rose garden and herb garden. Inside the castle, visitors can see at first hand how the aristocracy of the era lived and the large kitchen is particularly spectacular.
Dyffryn GardensDistance From Cardiff Airport: 7.1mi / 11.5km
St. Nicholas, Cardiff CF5 6SU – Wales, UK
These beautiful gardens lie just west of Cardiff and north of Barry. The history of the Dyffryn Estate dates back to the 7th Century but the present house was built by John Cory in 1893 and the gardens, designed by Thomas Mawson, were laid out soon after. In 1939, the then owner leased the estate to Glamorgan County Council for 999 years. The house is currently empty but the gardens are being restored to their original with Lottery funds. They are a mix of wide formal gardens and smaller intimate sections, including the magnificent herbaceous border seen here.
Cardiff UniversityDistance From Cardiff Airport: 14mi / 22.5km
Cardiff CF10 3XQ – Wales, UK
Phone: +44 (0)29 2087 4000
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful centre of higher education with an international reputation for high quality teaching and research. It occupies a central position in Cardiff and the popular Students Union can be found next to the Cathays train station; it has shops and a nightclub that supports a variety of acts. Famous alumni of the university include Glenys Kinnock (former wife of Labour party leader, Neil) and news presenter Huw Edwards.
Cardiff Bay Visitors CentreDistance From Cardiff Airport: 12.7mi / 20.4km
Pier Head, Cardiff Bay – Wales, UK Phone: +44 (0)29 20 463833 Known locally as “The Tube” because of its innovative and award winning design, the Visitors Centre houses everything that a visitor to the bay needs to know. Designed by architect William Alsop to resemble a futuristic telescope looking out over the new bay area, the visitors centre holds informative exhibitions as well as tourist information, maps of the area, souvenir shop and presentations on the on-going development of the bay area. The visitors centre was also the launch site for the record breaking powerboat Spirit of Cardiff in its round the world challenge.