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Cardiff in General
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Cardiff in General
Date: 09/08/01, updated on 09/08/01 (148 review reads)
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I had packed the kids off at 8:20am to Groveland with the Youth club so decided to go down to Cardiff with my partner as normally the only time we go is for rugby or pop concerts.
As we were approaching Cardiff I could see the signs for Cardiff Bay well posted. Having read a bit about how it had been rejuvenated I though lets have a quick look.
On arriving down at the bay I was surprised at the cost of the ‘Pay and Display’ only £1.20 for four hours a damn site cheaper than Swansea. We got out of the car and wandered over to the front. The area was littered with all sorts of cafes and restaurants, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, Japanese and of course a Harry Rambsden. We were to early to eat but looking at the menus in the windows the prices look very reasonable. From there you could also either take a river taxi or a tour of the harbour.
We wondered further around to the National Assembly building. A large red building that looks like a cross between a county hall and a church its difficult to miss. Inside we browsed on the computers as to what current topics are being discussed and who is who, quite informative.
Further along is the Norwegian Church, which is more of a cultural centre with regular art exhibitions and events. We didn’t go in this time but I’m told its very good and that the coffee shop serves fantastic food, some other time maybe.
By then I was starting to get hungry and we headed off down ‘Bute Street’ a notorious part of Cardiff and had breakfast in a lovely Italian café at a reasonable price. We then crossed the road to the ‘Centre for Crafts’ where we spent an hour and a half amongst the various exhibits. It’s free to get in but I would have gladly paid as they had a variety of displays from woodcrafts to local painters and hand made clothes, pottery etc.
We then rounded the corner to the ‘Atlantic Wharf’, whi
ch housed a twelve screen UCI Cinema, a twenty six lane bowling alley and a number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, I would imagine the place would be packed on the weekends.
We then had to head home but I will visit again to maybe take in the Cardiff Bay Barrage, the visitor’s centre and to take the children to Techniquest, which is a science discovery centre.
A day that I thoroughly enjoyed and I believe that the area has something for all ages.