When most people think of the United Kingdom, they envision London and perhaps Edinburgh. Thoughts of Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle come to mind.
Often overlooked, Cardiff, Wales, is well worth the 2.5-hour train from London. Cardiff is budget-friendly, with great shopping, restaurants, and historical sites.
Read on to view some of our favorite photos of Cardiff and gain some travel inspiration for your next trip.
Just outside Cardiff lies Llandaff Cathedral. Construction of the current building began in 1120 and continued into the 13th century. Over the years, it has faced several restorations, the most recent one occurring in the mid-1900's. In January, 1941, a German landmine exploded outside the southern wall, causing significant damage to the church. In the 1950's the church was repaired and refurbished, and now the cathedral welcomes visitors with open doors.
Though it's a city of over 335,000 residents, Cardiff boasts some beautiful green spaces, including 130-acre Parc Bute Park, through which the River Taff runs.
The Cardiff Castle grounds hold the original early medieval castle itself, as well as a beautiful Victorian mansion. The original mansion was built in the 11th century, but in the 1800's Scottish landowner John Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute (a prominent man who was the equivalent of a multi-billionaire), added the majority of what we can see today.
Have we piqued your interest in Cardiff? I hope so. Trust me, do yourself a favor and add Cardiff to your bucket list!
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