One of the most amazing places that I’ve visited in my last vacation last summer was Caerphilly Castle, located in Caerphilly two which is just 20 minutes away from Cardiff by train.
The town isn’t big at all, it’s a small country town that has less cars than other towns, small shops and cafes, not to mention a cute city centre.
The people there are very friendly and they know each other, you see them walking in the streets (few streets not many) saying hi to each others, and even in cafes. Everybody knows everybody.
Now, the castle isn’t far, it’s in the middle of the city centre, you can reach by walking 10 minutes from the train station. It’s beautifully designed and located on an artificial lake which I loved walking by and exploring the whole place. You’ll definitely fall in love with the structure of the place and the amazing flowers.
When we went there, it was raining and they were preparing for a special event, I believe it was a wedding if I’m not mistaken. Totally worth it.
Loved the place.
So I kind of got busy in life, work and other thing and forgot to write about the places I’ve visited in my last trip to Cardiff … Let’s continue.
One of the best cafes in Cardiff out there is Barker Coffee … It was an amazing experience, I visited it more than once and wanted to try as many dishes as possible. The location, the people, the atmosphere, the dishes and everything were just perfect. Their prices are a bit hight but as you can see from the dishes, they are worth it.
The cafe is located almost in front of Cardiff Castle.
If you are there or planning to go then you must visit it.
I think I’ve neglected this blog for a while because I was spending my time on the book blog more. And I totally forgot to finish writing and posting about my summer vacation in Cardiff.
Well, one of the place that I’ve visited was Cardiff Bay, which is 25 minutes away from Cardiff Centre by boat. Yup, Juju and I took the boat from the river off to Cardiff Bay. We enjoyed our journey in the river starting from Bute Park.
The weather was awfully cold and the wind was very high but we managed to dress comfortably and to our surprise the weather in Cardiff Bay was much better than in the Centre.
So you might ask, what is there in Cardiff Bay? Well, basically it has restaurants, cafes, bars (not for us) and a huge theatre where they have amazing plays and musicals. And every now and then in the middle of the place they celebrate something. To our luck they were celebrating Roald Dahl’s Birthday and the place was full of games and activities for the kids. Jana enjoyed her time to the max, we went there twice and she broke my wallet 😛 for the games weren’t that cheap. Like each game would cost 2 or pounds which is around KD1.
I’ll let you enjoy the pictures. It was a great place to visit.
This is the last part of Cardiff Castle in which you’ll see the beautiful Drawing Room that is filled with paintings of some of the great men of Bute family. In this room, women used to enjoy their time painting for they had almost nothing to do except waiting and other stuff which I forgot what they were 😛
After that you’ll see the amazing Library which i fell in love with its decoration and structure. I tried toughing one of the books to see if they were real but i couldn’t tell and I was afraid to do further exploration for i might do some damaging.
Then we take a look at the castle from the outside and we go up to The Roman Keep which is basically an empty circle that has narrow steps which takes you up to Wales flag. I went up but not to the flag, but my brother did and he said the view was amazing from the top.
This park is named after the Bute family who were the richest family in Cardiff and owned Cardiff Castle in the past. The park is huge and it looks like a forest with all the huge trees in it. It’s part of Cardiff Castle but has its own separate entrance.
I took Juju there many times to enjoy some activities while enjoy the greens, the river and the amazing weather. She loves it there and always asks me to go to the park everyday.
It has 3 cafes. One of them is the Pettigrew Tea Rooms and there two others, the Secret Garden and Summerhouse Cafe. I tried the Pettigrew one and Summerhouse but not the Secret Garden which I will in the upcoming days.
The park is big and kids can do so many things. It over looks the Taff river and it has a River Bus stop that takes you to Cardiff Bay which we have used twice and enjoyed a lot.
In this post, I’ll show you more of the rooms of the castle that are kept locked and only house tour holders can have a look at these rooms.
You can see the Family History Room which is HUGE, as in really huge with long table and the amazingly decorated ceiling, it’s just marvellous.
Also, you’ll see the 3rd marquess bedroom which I thought was beautiful decorated with angels to protect him from harm. Then there’s the Rooftop garden which looked so beautiful but without greens. There were pictures showing you how it would have looked like in the past. And the last couple of pictures are for the dining room which was so dull from my point of view.
One of the places that I’ve discovered while I’m in Cardiff is My Cookie Dough which I came its pictures on instagram under #cardiffshopping for I was looking for something specific and found this place. Guess what? It has been infant of my own eyes for several days and I didn’t notice it at all.
Every morning I go to St. David’s Shopping Centre either for shopping or for food, but never noticed this, so when I saw its picture I couldn’t wait till next morning. Early in the morning, I went around 9:45 am and it was just Jana and I 😀
I asked for the White Chocolate Cookie Dough with Raspberry sauce. They have 3 or 4 flavours I guess but you know, I like anything with Raspberry. The lady who served us was very generous and put extra vanilla ice cream for us. It was heavenly delicious, we loved it. We went there again and tried the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough with Chocolate sauce and it was even better.
If you’re in Cardiff or planning to go there then you must try this place.
Last weekend, we dropped Cardiff Castle a visit and it was amazing 🙂 We loved the whole trip to this place which turned out to be huge unlike what it seemed to be. We got there early in the morning around 9:30 am on a Saturday to avoid the crowd and I believe we were the first ones to be there. We bought the House Tour ticket because some rooms are locked and opened only for House Tour holders beside we had a great guide who gave us a brief history about each room.
Seeing the castle from the inside with all the corridors, hallways and narrow stairs was really amazing. I felt as I was in The Game of Thrones or Outlander 😛
You can read more about the castle as I’m don’t have the time to write that much of information. In this post you’ll see photos of The Winter Smoking Room where men used to enjoy smoking in winter in this room after finishing their lunch/dinner and also you’ll the The Nursery Room which belonged to the four children of the family and had beautiful drawings on the wall of so many fictional characters.
So currently, we are enjoying our vacation in the UK, exactly in Cardiff. It’s a beautiful city which I’ll talk about later after I finish exploring it. But now let me tell you more about our first trip.
Jana & I arrived to Cardiff on Saturday 23rd of July and on the same day we booked our tickets to Cadbury World with my brother on the 24th. We took the train to University and then to Bournville . The Factory is just 10 minutes walk from the station. We arrived a little bit early, our tour was supposed to start at 1:50pm so we had 30 minutes to have a quick bite because the journey from Cardiff to Bournville was really long, around 2hrs 15 minutes.
The place is huge, the tour took around 2 hrs inside the factory, after they scanned our tickets, they gave each one of us 3 bars of Cadbury chocolate, even Jana who entered for free because she is under 4.
After that the tour started, we walked inside a Cacao jungle to explore the history of how chocolate came to Bournville. After that we went inside a small theatre where we saw a short movie about the establishing of Cadbury brothers, after that another theatre but with small 4D effects on how Cacao is made, which was a lot of fun.
After that we got inside the factory and it was really hot, and it was not allowed to take photos. After that we took the ride which was fun and Jana enjoyed a lot.
We went inside another part of the factory where they made beautiful chocolate and gave us a lot to try and eat. Sugar overdose hehe 🙂
After that we went outside behind the factory where Jana enjoyed playing in the huge playground and then we got inside the 4D cinema which was lots of fun, everybody has to finish their journey in this place, it’s a must.