Thursday, 19 August 2010

Cardiff - a brief tour

I had to go to Wales last Monday and had a short time in Cardiff before I caught the train back to london. I went on a quick circular tour starting atthe station.

Cardiff Central is a Grade II listed building which was opened by the South Wales Railway in 1850. Its successor company, the Great Western Railway (GWR), rebuilt it in 1932 as is marked by the name carved onto the fa├žade (larger than the name of the station).

One of many mosaics on the riverside terrace by the Millenium stadium.

The terrace over the River Taff with the Millenium Stadium in the background. The foundation stone was laid in 1997 and the stadium was opened July 1999. It seats 745000 spectators

Cardiff Bridge - opened on 30 March 1931.

An interesting mile post.

Tower of St John’s Church Cardiff. The church is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century. The tower was added in 1473. and is a very god example of Perpendicular architecture.

A nice Art deco facade - now a restaurant

The Prince of Wales near the station. This Wetherspoon pub was formerly The Prince of Wales Theatre; it was then a cinema of the same name, built on the site of the New Theatre Royal.

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