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Things to see in Cardiff
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fiwen1010 wrote in tw_tourists
To liven this place up a bit, now I've returned from the annual spring clean that ate me, it's time for a discussion post. I know, I spoil you all.

So, I'd like to know what your top five or ten or fifty things to do in Cardiff are. What you came and did and why you think other people should do it, or what you want to do when you come to Cardiff. Anything you can think of, especially if you've found something cool and obscure.

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I've only been once, this past summer, and I'm sure my answers will be much the same as everyone else's, but here goes:

Cardiff Castle - I recommend the tour that you have to pay a little extra for that takes you up into the additional Castle apartments. It was worth it, I thought, to get that little bit of extra background. And there are some really neat rooms you wouldn't get to see otherwise.

Doctor Who Cardiff Tour - I really can't say enough good things about this tour. I had a fabulous time - and you get to see a LOT of the city!

Millenium Centre - Outside and inside, you really have to see it. *_* It's stunning.

Queen Street, Castle Arcade and High Street Arcade - for shopping :D

Llandaff Village - We went here on the DW tour, but I'd highly recommend it even for non-fans. It's a nice change from the modern city.

The Plass/Boardwalk area - I could walk around here for hours. <3 We stayed at the Jolyons, right next to the Millenium Centre and it was great being so close to the bay.

Bar Cwtch (at the Jolyons)- I'm usually not one for bars, but I LOVED this place. It's one of those really cozy bar/coffee shops where you don't feel out of place just having a coffee. And I like that. ;)

...And that's all I can think of at the moment. ;)

If your answers are the same then it's positive reinforcement ;)

There's an additional tour? I missed that one. I went for the cheap tickets and then got afternoon tea in the café (never let it be said that I'm not obsessed with cake)

I went on the tour back in April, just after it started. Were there a lot of people on it when you went? And did you persuade the tourguide to go to the pub afterwards? (I want his job so badly)

Llandaff is adorable. And there's a really good pub/restaurant there. And a Tesco on the ringroad, but that's not as exciting.

Bar Cwtch sounds good. I've vaguely heard of jolyons, but I don't knwo much about it. What's it like?

Yeah, it was only a little more to do the guided-tour to the extra rooms, and we had time to kill that day, so we just decided to go for it. I'd say it's worth it? Since we were already paying to get in anyway, it really wasn't that much more...

There were a good number on the tour, yeah. The bus was nearly full, at any rate. And no, we didn't go to the pub afterwards. ;)

As for the Jolyons, we really liked it. I'd classify it as a nice boutique hotel, not over the top, but really nice rooms. Also, for a fun fact... It's where they put some of the Doctor Who actors up when they're filming. This came about when the girl who checked me in asked me what brought us to Cardiff, and I mentioned, very cautiously, that we were Doctor Who fans. ;) She also said that Matt Smith and the rest of the cast tend to hang out a lot in Bar Cwtch when they're filming, which I feel like I'd also heard...somewhere around, maybe on a Confidential or something? But yeah, it was a really nice place to stay, especially since it's just SO close to the Millenium Centre and the Plass. :)

...Come to think of it, I think the tour guide also mentioned that about the cast hanging out at Bar Cwtch, when he showed everyone the TARDIS painted entrance door. Did he show you that when you were on the tour?

Edited at 2012-02-07 11:06 pm (UTC)

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