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Cardiff Castle, Wales

Close the door on your Cardiff hotel room and you’re heading for a city that has built on its heritage, where a Norman keep overlooks glass and steel stadiums and industrial spaces are reinvented without losing their Welsh flavour.

Historic Cardiff

The Romans built a fort on the site of Cardiff Castle but these days the wow factor comes from the loaded Marquess of Bute’s lavish Gothic-style rebuild. The Edwardian Cardiff City Hall in Cathays Park is synonymous with the civic heart of the city and hosts regular festivals.

Art and museums in Cardiff

Take a day to explore the free National Museum Cardiff with its rooms of natural history and works of art from the past 500 years. Sister venue St Fagans National History Museum is home to a replica Iron Age fort that’s fun to squat through – they were quite short then.

Quirky things to do in Cardiff

Any tourist who doesn’t visit the Red Dragon Centre at Cardiff Bay for the Doctor Who Up Close exhibition should really be exterminated. Amongst the explosion of light and sound, give thanks to now-departed Dalek creator Terry Nation, a local lad.

Events in Cardiff

If you book a Cardiff hotel in July, beg or borrow a ticket to the Welsh Proms. Funfair meets music festival when the city’s biggest free event of the year, the Cardiff Big Weekend, kicks off every August in a frenzy of events.

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Attractions in Cardiff:

Georgian House

Opening times:
Easter-Nov: Wed-Thu & Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm; Jul-Aug Tue-Sun 10.30am-4pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Opening times:
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)

Beckford's Tower & Museum, Bath. Courtesy of Bath Preservation Trust
Beckford's Tower & Museum

Opening times:
Sat, Sun & bank holiday Mon 10.30am-5pm Apr - Nov 2013; Weekends only (annual)

The Dress of the Year

Opening times:
May-Oct daily 10.30am-5pm; Nov-Jan daily 10.30am-4pm Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)

The Mount Vernon Garden (a replica of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon in Virginia). Courtesy of the American Museum in Britain
The American Museum in Britain

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 12pm-5pm (Nov & Dec until 4.30pm) Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon (various dates)

What's on in Cardiff:

Grand Medieval Melee

Dates Open:
18/08/2014 to 18/08/2014

Cardiff Festival

Dates Open:
29/06/2015 to 01/09/2015
29/06/2014 to 01/09/2014

Cardiff Big Weekend. Courtesy of the Cardiff Initiative
Cardiff Big Weekend

Dates Open:
05/08/2014 to 07/08/2014

Twenty20 Cup: Glamorgan Dragons

Dates Open:
14/06/2015 to 25/08/2015
14/06/2014 to 25/08/2014

Classic Motorboat Rally

Dates Open:
12/08/2014 to 12/08/2014

Classic Car Rally

Dates Open:
14/08/2014 to 14/08/2014

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