Visiting Caerphilly

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Caerphilly is located at the southern end of the Rhymney Valley and is a commuter town populated by people who travel frequently to the neighbouring cities of Newport and Swansea for work. It has also been a staging ground for these two cities; which means it is the place where the planning for Newport and Swansea is initiated. It is also the largest town outside the city centres of Cardiff and Newport, and in fact it is just a few miles north of Cardiff.

You can be able to get there via a bus from Cardiff’s main bus transport junction, the Cardiff Central Bus Station.

The Caerphilly Castle is one of the largest medieval castles of Europe second to the Windsor Castle. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the late 13th century which remains as an example of the century’s military architecture. One of the highlights of the year is the annual Big Cheese festival which is held inside the castle.

Annually, a fundraising pop event called the “megaday”, which aims to raise funds for the Velindre Hospital cancer appeal is held. It is started in 1995 by the townspeople of Caerphilly in honour of Andrew Nichols, a town musician who lost his battle to cancer.

The Caerphilly Indoor Market, which houses all kinds of goods and service, is located on Pentrebane Street. They have an eclectic mix of stalls which range from baby wear to computers which you can purchase or trade.

 

Getting Around

Bus – Bus services run across the city at all times, and a full timetable and route map are available on the Caerphilly Government site.

Train – Caerphilly is served by a train station which runs regular trains to various stops across Wales.

For full train schedule information visit this page.

Car – Caerphilly is pretty welcoming to divers, and it’s a great way to get around the city and see the sights. Logan Car Hire will compare the prices of the local branches of the major companies – http://www.logancarhire.com/worldwide-locations/uk-car-hire/caerphilly

Taxi – Various private taxi firms operate in the city, and getting a cab should be fairly straightforward even during peak times.

Other Resources

Visit Caerphilly – http://www.visitcaerphilly.com/

Caerphilly Castle – http://www.castlewales.com/caerphil.html

Wales Online Caerphilly - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/all-about/caerphilly

Visiting Cardiff

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Cardiff is a city with a rich, proud history and culture and it has changed significantly over the course of the last 2000 or so years. From its humble beginnings as a small settlement, its progression to the busiest port in the world, and all the way to the modern, vibrant city it is today, Cardiff really is a fascinating place to visit.

There’s plenty to keep visitors to the city entertained, no matter what their interests may be. Those with an eye for culture are certain to enjoy a trip to St Fagan’s Natural History Museum or the National Museum and Art Gallery, while Llandaff Cathedral is also well worth a visit.

Those looking for something a little faster paced are well served by the Millennium Stadium, which regularly hosts international sporting events and large scale music events. The Millennium Theatre also has a packed calendar of high quality entertainment, which West End musicals, opera, ballet and other shows making regular appearances throughout the year.

Getting Around

As you’d expect from a modern city, there’s various ways of getting around town:

Bus – There are various bus services running across the city, day and night, as well as a Park and Ride service outside County Hall. There’s a bus every 10 minutes running from this facility, and it’s reasonably priced at just £3 per car.

For more information on getting around Cardiff by bus visit http://www.cardiffbus.com/

Train – The two main stations in the area are Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay, and trains run regularly between the two locations. Cardiff also acts as a great hub for getting out and about in the South of Wales, and the train service runs to various locations in the South.

For full train schedule information visit http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Car – There are various multi-storey and pay and display car parks throughout the city, and Cardiff is a fairly car-friendly place in general. If you’re not able to bring your own vehicle to the city, there are various car hire facilities available throughout the city. Logan Car Hire will compare the prices of the local branches of the major companies – http://www.logancarhire.com/worldwide-locations/uk-car-hire/cardiff

Taxi – There are plenty of black and white cabs throughout the city centre, with taxi ranks at Cardiff Central Station, Greyfriars Road, St Mary Street and Wood Street.

Other Resources

Visit Cardiffhttp://www.visitcardiff.com/

Cardiff Bay Visitor Centrehttp://www.cardiffharbour.com/

Cardiff WikiTravelhttp://wikitravel.org/en/Cardiff

 

Visiting Newport

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Newport is situated on the River Usk; it’s both a cathedral and university city, and has been one of the busiest ports since medieval times.

Newport grew rapidly because of the influx of coal exports from the eastern valleys of South Wales, and it was Wales’ largest coal-exporting port until the emergence of Cardiff, the newest port of South Wales. The city remained relevant as a manufacturing and engineering centre despite its docks diminishing in importance.

The city centre increased in revenue as industries and businesses continue to grow in popularity with the area of Monmouthshire. The construction of the Severn Bridge and sections of the M4 motorway paved the way for Newport to become the most connected place in Wales.

Here are some of the landmarks of Newport:

  • 14 Locks Canal Visitor Centre -Visitors can see the growth and fall of the city through its history.
  • Newport Museum and Art Gallery – located on the John Frost Square.
  • Somerton Tardis – an old fashioned police box located on Somerton Cresent.
  • John Frost Square – a shopping area named after a famous leader.
  • Main Post Office – this is the first main post office building that was constructed in 1844.
  • Ye Old Murenger House – a public house of a person who’s in charge of the walls of a town.
  • West Usk Lighthouse – a former lighthouse turned hotel.
  • Brynglas House -an adult education centre.
  • St. Mary the Virgin -a parish church said to be with the cathedral of the Moors built in the 12th century.
  • Newport Transporter Bridge – one of the few remaining working bridges of its type in the world.
  • National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon – holds arts festival and a re-enactment of Roman Military wars.
  • Newport Castle- ruins of a castle in the river banks of the Usk.
  • Tredegar House- It is an example of 17th century mansion.

Getting Around

As you’d expect from a modern city, there’s various ways of getting around town:

Bus –There are a range of bus services running throughout Newport, and full details can be found here http://www.newportbus.co.uk/

Train – Newport train station in served by Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales – full details here http://www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk/

Car – The city can be accessed by six junctions of the M4 motorway. It connects to Cardiff and Swansea to the West and London via the Severn Bridge. Logan Car Hire will compare the prices of the local branches of the major companies – http://www.logancarhire.com/worldwide-locations/uk-car-hire/newport

Taxi – There’s a taxi rank outside the train station, and various local taxi firms operate in the area.

Other Resources

Newport Council - http://www.newport.gov.uk/

Newport - http://www.newport-pembs.co.uk/