While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day. The ‘eccentric genius’ William Burges was given free rein by his paymaster, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd marquess of Bute, to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle. He didn’t hold back. Dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture were liberally applied.
The capital of Wales-Cardiff. Caught between an ancient fort and an ultramodern waterfront, compact Cardiff seems to have surprised even itself with how interesting it has become. The city has entered the 21st century pumped up on steroids, flexing its recently acquired architectural muscles as if it’s still astonished to have them. This newfound confidence is infectious, and these days it’s not just the rugby that draws crowds into the city. Come the weekend, a buzz reverberates through the streets as swarms of shoppers hit the Hayes, followed by waves of revelers descending on the capital’s thriving pubs, bars and live-music venues. Cardiff makes an excellent base for day trips to the surrounding valleys and coast, where you’ll find castles, beaches, interesting industrial sites and ancient monuments.
08:45 meet outside Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minutes walk from Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 12:00-13:30 Red Castle (from £4.40), kids entertainment “The Fairy Trail”; 14:00-15:30 Cardiff Castle (from £9,50), History of the Wales (free), St John the Baptist – the oldest church in Cardiff (free), Central Market, lunch; 15:30-16:30 modern town of Cardiff, bay, pier, docks, Norwegian church or optional “Doctor Who” museum; 16:30 departure; 19:30 Hammersmith.
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