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CARDIFF BY A CARDIFFIAN
Cardiff in General
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Cardiff in General
Advantages: Great shopping
Disadvantages: The Welsh language rammed down your throat
With the construction of the new Wembley Stadium, the need to come to Cardiff for sporting events is about to be vastly reduced. Many people will already have visited Cardiff for some kind of event or other. Hopefully my home city left you with a good impression and the desire to return. If so, I hope what is written here is of some use in getting to know Cardiff better.
THE TRAIN STATION
The main inter-city train services to Cardiff arrive at CARDIFF CENTRAL, which has eight platforms, including the somewhat oddly numbered platform zero!
On arrival, you will see that Cardiff Central has had new automatic ticket barrier equipment installed.
On weekend nights ''walk-through'' metal detectors are in use. You may be expected to empty out your pockets into a plastic tray. Police sniffer dogs are also in evidence. This is mainly on Friday and Saturday nights due to trouble makers travelling in from nearby valley towns. A small inconvenience for the sake of safety. The station ticket hall has a Spar store, pasty shop and Upper Crust buffet bar. Immediately in front of the main station doors are 2 ATM machines. There is also a Marks & Spencer food shop built-in to the front of the station.
As you emerge from the station doors you come out into a small 'plaza' called CENTRAL SQUARE. This area is frequented by 'goth' kids on skateboards who can be a bit of a pain, but more worryingly, the local drunks and beggars hang around there. They can be a bit intimidating at times but spend MOST of their time fighting with each OTHER!!
Facing Central Square is a row of offices, below which, are shop units which include Burger King, Londis, O'Briens sandwich bar and a couple of charity shops.
Forming part of Central Square itself, is the Bus Station with stands A-F... There is a single, central zebra crossing which runs through the bus station - USE IT!!
Near stand A2 is a small newsagent kiosk. Public toilets are located near stand A2-A3. These are not the cleannest in the world and are best avoided other than as a last resort. Better facilities are always available in the nearby pub THE PRINCE OF WALES. (Wetherspoons)
National Express Coach Service is found at stands A4-A5. There is a check in lounge open from 7am. Tickets can be bought over the counter subject to availability.
The local buses cost £3.00 for an adult all day.
£6.00 for kids gets you a 12-journey ticket which is very useful. A weekly adult ticket is £13.00. All tickets can be bought from the driver as you board. NO CHANGE IS GIVEN ON CARDIFF BUSES.
Cardiff City AFC is within 20-30 minutes easy walk. Out of Central Square, turn left, over the river, straight ahead for 3/4 mile to car sales, turn left, under bridge, turn left onto SLOPER ROAD, stadium is 200 yds down on your left (floodlights clearly visible).
Cardiff is awash with quality shopping. You have Royal Arcade, Castle Arcade, Duke Street Arcade, St. David's Centre (with phase 2 soon), Queen Street, Queens Arcade, Capitol Centre.
There is also Cardiff Central Market (indoor) for fresh fruit, veg, meat and fish. There are 2 floors to the market which also includes, cafes, 2nd hand records, toy stalls, fortune telling, christian bookshop and pet stalls.
STOPPING FOR A BITE TO EAT?
Try the LOUIS on High St or PILLARS on Queen Street. Both are good, clean, reasonably priced with good customer service.
There is also, CHINA CHINA on High Street offering '' all you eat'' Chinese buffet for around £7.99
A quick cuppa can be had at the outdoor HAYES ISLAND SNACK BAR if you dont mind pigeons!
Alternatively, try the TEA ROOMS at the nearby ST.JOHNS CHURCH. Home made cake and sandwiches with proceeds to the Church fund.
For major rock concerts we have The Millennium Stadium. Smaller concerts are at Cardiff Indoor Arena. Even smaller events are at St.David's Hall.
Cardiff University great hall also has live bands (last band I saw here was Motorhead)
In a nutshell - the Welsh language. Its a pain. Bi -lingual everything including train announcements. I have missed my train on a number of occasions because last minute platform changes have been given out in Welsh FIRST!!.... the sad thing? .... nobody actually NEEDS it!!... especially for a train going to Nottingham!! Notice that I said, '' NEEDS'' before all you mis-guided Welsh language activists get angry!!
Summary: Have a day trip here
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