This was our many castles day! Travelling from Swansea to Cardiff we fitted in three completely different styles of castles. We also had a delightful and fascinating extra that we weren’t planning to look at and I’ve got to admit that was kind of my favourite bit, but we’ll get to that later.
First, we visited Castle Coch which is, to be fair, not really a castle. It was built as more of a summer retreat which is why it has pointy bits and a very small footprint. But it is pretty and there was a wedding taking place, which you can guess happens a lot.
Then we went on to Caerphilly, which had been the castle I was most hoping to see. It’s huge and you can walk around and through the whole thing, which now sits in a lovely town. We decided the inside didn’t offer too much of interest, but spent a loooong time walking around the outside. There were also a lot of waterbirds. Like, they were everywhere!
As you can tell, it was a bit of a cloudy day, and rain drove us into the shops in Caerphilly briefly. Where we bought crazy rave-worthy hair extensions and other glitzy things. We also had delicious lunch.
Then we headed onto Cardiff, but we were a bit ahead of schedule. Not normally an issue but we’d booked parking near our B&B and we didn’t know what would happen if we turned up early. So we needed to kill some time.
I dragged out my guidebook and found that there was a very, very old chambered tomb on the road ahead. Not only is it 6,000 yrs old, it has the coolest wind-up info thing that tells you all about it.
We also got to drive down a lot of leafy single lane roads…
Time killed (in a wonderful way!) we got to Cardiff and checked into the funkiest little B&B I think I’ve ever seen which was off one of the main shopping malls in an arcade. After enjoying ourselves for a bit and resting, we then walked the city.
It was bustling and much more multicultural than anywhere else we’d been. After I got us lost (had to happen at least once) we managed to see most of the government buildings and shopping areas and had some nice dinner. We didn’t go into Cardiff Castle, but we did walk around the outside and saw the “animal wall” where all different animals peek out over the top!
We were only in Cardiff one night, but did manage to see a chunk of the place. It was cool to see such a big city considering we’d mostly been stopping in very small towns. There were the ubiquitous number of tourist shops and, well, a lot of Welsh flags.
The only sad thing for us, was we got a fine for being in a bus lane… somewhere in the city! Of course we only found out after we got home.