An artificial lake keeps water pumped around the fortified castle of the town of Caerphilly in south-east Wales. Built between 1268 and 1271, it was extended in 1326. It is the largest medieval castle in Wales, as well as being one of
The view of Caerphilly Castle from the large loft of this pub is spectacular. There is also a terrace for sunny afternoons or balmy evenings. The restaurant has traditional wooden fitting, with darts in the corner, and the customers
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University campus is the oldest in the region. There are several buildings arranged around the imposing stone building that sits in the center surrounded by a park. The rest of the buildings are decidedly more
The Town Hall in Cardiff is truly impressive, built of the same kind stunning white stone that was used to build the central building of the ancient universities. The building was inaugurated in 1906 and is an example of the Edwardian
Although the most famous parks are located in London, many other cities in the UK boast huge expanses of green as well. The largest park is the Victorian-style Bute Park which borders the gardens of the castle. Visiting in the fall is
One of the four constituent nations of the UK, Wales makes up the western part of the island of Great Britain, and has its own proud cultural identity. Over 300,000 people live in its capial, Cardiff, which was once the world's
The heart of the city of Cardiff is not very big, but is definitely different in its appearance. Within a few hundred meters you'll find typical British-style houses, ancient red brick buildings, and ultra-modern and futuristic
The old covered market stands in the center of Cardiff among the new malls and shopping centers. The market is spread over two floors and offers a wide range of products ranging from vegetables and fresh fish to decorative items and
The Cardiff Castle is in the very center of the city in the Welsh capital. Admission is about 9 sterling pounds. It was a Norman castle, which was built on top of an old Roman building. The great wall rebuilt from the base of the
Once the main auditorium for concerts in the Welsh capital since being built in 1877, this neo-classical building in the center of Cardiff is no longer used for its original purpose, and today is only licensed as a bar. The lobby has
The Millennium Stadium is the official state stadium of Wales, built close to the river and a few hundred meters from the historic center of Cardiff. Both rugby, the most popular sport in the country, and football are played here. It
This is a 56 km long canal that connects the town of Brecon, to the north of Cardiff (Wales) to Newport near the Bristol Channel. The Canal runs through the natural Brecon environment, offering a beautiful ride along the water, its
Right on the river bank opposite the Millenium Stadium, Sunday Market is a street market of the kind you'll find in many British cities. The stallholders mainly sell handicrafts and natural jams, loaves of bread, and chocolate with
Called in Welsh "Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru", this huge complex just a short walk from Cardiff Bay has become known as the Armadillo because of its strange shape. It was opened in two stages, the last of which was on 22 January, 2009.
The original wooden tower was built by eccentric, Roland Pavey. In 1936 it was changed to a wrought iron gazebo viewpoint. There are 48 steps which lead to a circular viewing platform. Looking down you will see the steep valley side
Queen Street is the longest pedestrian street in Cardiff, and is a top destination for shopping in the Welsh capital. You can find street performers, the biggest international chain stores and a large number of offices. Queen Street
Castell Coch is a castle in the SXIX reconstructed by William Burges, the architect who designed the nearby Cardiff Castle on an earlier one from the middle ages. The exterior is constructed to look like a real medieval castle, with a
As Cardiff is the capital of Wales, the seat of parliament is found here in Cardiff Bay. I was able to visit it and I was surprised as, in contrast to most parliaments, this is a truly cutting edge, eco-friendly building. The light
Penarth Pier is undoubtedly the most interesting thing in the town of Penarth. It has an unusual Asian style of construction, and you can take some great pictures. There are always fishermen patiently working on the pier. Really nice.
Located in south-east Wales on top of a cliff overlooking the River Wye, this castle was built on the orders of William the Conqueror in 1067, by the Norman William FitzOsbern, along what was then the Anglo-Welsh border. Unlike most
Tintern Abbey is in South Wales, near the border with England (about 4 miles from the town of Chepstow). It was the first Welsh Cistercian construction and the second in the UK (1131 - 1536), of great importance during the Middle Ages
My experience - the village of Weston-super-Mare equals holiday spree. I'll start with the strange name which is a bundle of Saxon vocabulary and its meaning is not as bizarre as it sounds, it simply means settlement on the sea (the
The house was built in 1796 by one of the magnates of the city of Bristol, John Scandrett Harford. It is currently a museum. It has extensive gardens and trails where one can appreciate the magnitude of this architectural work.
Tredegar is a town of about 15,000 inhabitants located in the south-east of Wales. This small town was an important economic center during the Industrial Revolution because of its large coal and steel industries. Tredegar was once the
This is possibly the most picturesque place to be found in the city of Bristol, along with the park where the cathedral is located. It is situated in the wealthy district of Clifton. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a point that you
In South Wales, near the capital Cardiff, lies the small town of Barry, where you can walk along a beach which is very nice and very clean. If you're lucky the sun will appear. When we went it was December. With lovely beach
Bristol Zoo was founded in 1836. Its gardens are focused on conservation and animal growth. It has been home to a high number of animal reproductions, highlighting their preservation work and care of endangered species.
This is a small pub tucked away, near the Suspension Bridge. In addition to daily live music (especially jazz and rock), it serves a unique cider, called Exhibition Cider, which is probably one of the best (and the strongest at almost
Also known as Clifton Christ Church, this is the main church in the neighborhood of Clifton in Bristol. It stands just 300 m from the famous Chain Bridge, and has a magnificent garden in front. I was impressed by the beauty of this
Saint Andrew's Church is a church that's from the 12th century. The tower is about one hundred meters high and was constructed probably around 1440! The clock tower dates back to the early 1700s. The bells ring every four hours and
The Buckingham Baptist Chapel is a church located in the Clifton neighborhood of the English city of Bristol. It was designed in 1842 by Richard Shakleton Pope and is now part of the English Heritage organization. It is an
Victoria Rooms is a beautiful building in the center of Bristol and houses the Music Department of the University of Bristol. Built in a purely Gothic style, the "Vic Rooms" (as they are commonly known) have been open since 1841. The
This prestigious university was opened in 1876. One interesting point to note is that it was the first university in the country to accept both men and women on an equal basis. Undoubtedly the prestige and reputation of this
The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery located in the center of Bristol. The museum part of the building is divided into various sections such as Natural History, International Archaeology and Local
This Cathedral was founded in the twelfth century as an abbey. Over the years it became more and more important and in the year 1542 it was declared a cathedral. It is available for concerts, performing arts, and various artistic
Castle Park is located in the center of the city of Bristol. It is a relatively new park, in which there are important archaeological remains, and which is the largest green space in the city center, with large trees where the past
The route that you should follow to Bristol, one of the largest in the Southwest of Britain, fills you with pleasure as you alternate between "story-tale" villages and rocky coastal marine with waves crashing against the shore.