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Norwegian Church Arts Center

Norwegian Church Arts Centre (Arts Centre, Harbour Drive, Cardiff) – this was a one-time church for Norwegian sailors. Nowadays, this unique venue hosts a variety of events, from live music to workshops, functions and classes. The Dahl Gallery also displays a range of art and photography exhibitions. An events calendar is available on the website.

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National Slate Museum

National Slate Museum (Llanberis, Gwynedd) – for those passing through castle country in northwest Wales, this museum (located 4 hours/172 miles northwest of Cardiff) lets visitors go back in time to learn more about the Welsh slate industry – a by-product of England’s Industrial Revolution. Now, with imaginative interpretation, the remarkable relics of the slate […]

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National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff (Cathays Park, Cardiff) — located in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, natural history, archaeology and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. The variety of items showcased here range from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. Free admission. Hours: 10 […]

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National Roman Legion Museum

National Roman Legion Museum (High Street, Caerleon, Newport) – located just 33 minutes (19 miles) northeast of Cardiff, visitors can step back in time at the National Roman Legion Museum and explore life in a far-flung outpost of the mighty Roman Empire (Wales being its furthest outpost). In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress […]

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Kidwelly Castle

Kidwelly Castle (Castle Road, Kidwelly) — located 1 hour & 23 minutes (63 miles) west of Cardiff, this was originally built during the Norman period (made of earth and timber). It was fortified into stone during the 13th century. Its half moon shape stems from the original 12th century Norman timber castle, of the motte-and-baley […]

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Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle (Gwynedd, Harlech, Gwynedd) – located 3 ½ hours (151 miles) northwest of Cardiff, this was another castle built by Edward I (this one being close to the Irish Sea). Its highland position keeps watch over the town of Snowdonia. Admission: £4.25 (adult), £3.20 (seniors/students/children under 16 years). Hours: 10 am – 4 pm […]

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Grosmont Castle

Grosmont Castle (near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire) — located just an hour northeast of Cardiff, this is one of the so-called “Three Castles” (or “castles of the Trilateral”) built during the 13th century. Now in a state of ruin, much of the original walls are still standing, with one stone staircase leading up onto the battlements. The […]

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Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle (Rose Hill St, Conwy) – located 4 hours (244 miles) northwest of Cardiff, this was within the network of castles that Edward I built to secure English rule over Wales during the 13th century. Two barbicans (fortified gateways), eight massive towers and a great bow-shaped hall all sit within its distinctive elongated shape, […]

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Castell Coch

Castell Coch (Castle Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff) — unlike other castles in Wales, this one (located just 20 minutes northwest of Cardiff harbor) was built during the 19th century – this time by John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd marquess of Bute, creating a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle. Admission: […]

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Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle (Castle Street, Cardiff) – this castle spans an incredible 2,000-year period. Roman soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here, and the Bute family, with extraordinary wealth and vision, transformed the Castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy.   Recent developments include the opening of the Wartime Shelters, a unique re-creation of a bygone […]