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Bayside Brasserie

Bayside Brasserie (Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff) – this French-style restaurant (with its stylish interior) offers a variety of dishes, from pan-roasted fillet of sea bass, to slow-cooked lamb shank, honey & black pepper-roasted duck breast, to grilled steaks. That, along with a variety of French, Italian, and other wines. It’s also popular because of […]

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Ba Orient

Ba Orient (Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff) – this upscale Chinese restaurant within Mermaid Quay is known for its dim sum, along with various dishes, like grilled jumbo king prawns, and specialties like crispy aromatic duck (served with pancakes, cucumber, spring onions and plum sauce). The cocktails served there helped generate accolades like “one of […]

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BICYCLE

BICYCLE – Since Cardiff is a small enough city to virtually cover by foot, aside from Cardiff Bus, there is no Metro or local train service that provides public transportation here. However, Cardiff is a great city to get around by bike and is one of the fastest ways to go from one place to […]

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Bus

Bus — Cardiff Bus has an extensive system throughout the city and outer areas. Most routes follow an anti-clockwise route around the city-center. A single ticket within the city (including Penarth) is £1.70 adult, and £1.20 child. A return ticket which allows a day’s unlimited travel costs £3.40 adult and £2.20 child. This link show the […]

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Taxi

TAXI – Black and white cabs are widely available around the city centre, with major taxi ranks located at Cardiff Central Station, Wood Street, St Mary Street and Greyfriars Road. For those wanting to call a taxi direct, here are some taxi companies that operate in Cardiff:   Dragon Taxis: +44 29 2033 3333 Capital […]

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Wiston Castle

Wiston Castle (Pembrokeshire) – located on a high hill on the north side of the village of Wiston, this castle had no connection to Edward I (responsible for the construction of numerous castles in Wales). Instead, this one was built by Flemish freebooter named Wizo, most likely during the early 1100s. This castle was said […]

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White Caste

White Caste (Llanthony Crosseny, Abergavenny, Gwent) – this is another of the so-called “Three Castles” (or “castles of the Trilateral”). Of those castles, this one is in much better condition than, in particular, Skenfrith. Unlike other castles, which were built for both military purposes and as regal residences, this one existed strictly to hold off […]

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St. Quentin’s Castle

St. Quentin’s Castle (Llanblethian, Castle Hill, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan) – located just a half hour (13 miles) west of Cardiff, this castle was said to have been first built sometime during the 12th century (before many of Wales’ other castles were constructed). This courtyard castle doesn’t look completed because it wasn’t – local royalty […]

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Skenfrith

Skenfrith (Abergavenny, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire County) – located an hour (42 miles) northeast of Cardiff, this castle was built between 1219 and 1232. This is the only low-lying fortress of the three castles of Skenfirth, Grosmont, and White Castle (a.k.a. the “castles of the Trilateral”). The castle’s current state of disrepair was due to King Edward […]

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Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle (Raglan, Monmountshire County) – unlike many of the castles in Wales (which were built during Edward I’s reign), this one (located 31 miles / 41 minutes north of Cardiff) was built during the mid-15th century (some years before Columbus’ discovery of America). It was remodeled during the Tudor period. Militarily, this castle saw […]