DA_cardiffbay2_webOne of the great things about the vibrant city of Cardiff is that it is surrounded by a large area of natural beauty including the famous Cardiff Bay. After spending time strolling around the city centre, visitors are sure to find that there is still a plenty to discover on the outskirts of the city.

Llandaff Cathedral

This impressive cathedral is located just to the northwest of the city center, Llandaff Cathedral features stunning themes and forms, such as its Gothic arches, its spectacular interior and the modern statue of Christ. The cathedral sits in a quiet part of the city and holds regular services and concerts.

Castell Coch

Just outside Cardiff and beyond the M4 motorway, Castell Coch is Cardiff’s fairy tale castle and an important historical landmark for the area. Known as the Red Castle, owing to its red turrets and tall round towers, the castle was original built for the third Marquis of Bute – a rich and powerful figure in Cardiff’s history.

Barry Island

Located on the coast out towards Cardiff International Airport, Barry Island is actually a peninsular and is a very popular seaside resort. Most tourists who visit Cardiff make the trip out to Barry, especially families. There are attractions-galore here, such as many thrilling roller coaster and fairground rides, numerous amusement arcades and an array of shopping options.

Museums

The national museum and gallery is located just north of the city center on the University of Wales’ campus and features many arts and science displays. The museum’s highlight is its fabulous galleries that contain mainly famous international works, while other exhibitions cover the evolution of Wales through art and historic artifacts. There are also many interactive displays here for the kids. Techniquest is similar to London’s science museum and is located in Cardiff Bay. The main draws are the Planetarium and the Science Theatre, while dozens of interactive exhibits will keep kids of all ages happy.