We found a nice basic cafe for breakfast called 'Truffles' which was a 5 minute walk away from our hotel and close to the castle. It was very reasonably priced and we found something on the menu that we both felt like! Then it was time to explore Cardiff Castle which we were really excited about!
We started by watching a film which basically showed us a quick insight into the history of the castle. We were presented with audio guides so we could listen to these for information about the various parts of the castle grounds. It is a truly remarkable site that spans over 2000 years! Roman Soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here and some of the richest families in Britain have passed through here. The castle apartments were incredible with such intricately designed interiors and beautiful colours. It was very interesting walking through the Wartime Tunnels which were used as air raiders in the Second World War and learning that the castle gave shelter to thousands of people during this time. The Norman Keep dominates the grounds and the magnificent views from the top are well worth the climb. Our audio guides gave an informative insight into the life of the people who lived in the Keep during the Middle Ages. Such incredible History!
Next stop was the National Museum Cardiff which included Art, Natural History and Archaeology. It was free admission and well worth a look! I personally enjoyed the art collections and there was also an animal/nature photography exhibition which was incredible. All of the different images had fascinating stories behind them!
By now it was late afternoon so we thought we would slowly wander back through the city to our hotel and pop in anywhere we wanted along the way. Most of the shops were closed because of it being Easter Sunday but that didn't matter because we did the shops yesterday morning. We came across the St John The Baptist City Parish Church which is a lovely old famous landmark but unfortunately that was closed too so we couldn't go inside. The information centre was open so we decided to have a look and it was worth it because there was a museum-like section telling the story of Cardiff which we enjoyed.
We got back to the hotel and had a sit down for a bit because we both had tired legs but it was such a superb afternoon/evening that we couldn't resist going for another walk along the river. The sun was shining and although there was a chill in the air it was just lovely! We spotted a neat traditional pub so went in and grabbed a drink there. Andrew even got the privilege of having a beer tasting of the famous 'Brains' lagers and the local bar tender gave him a low down on the different brews.
We had a more successful evening at the Tapas Bar and enjoyed some delicious tasty dishes. The Manager recognised us from the night before and put our meals on the house so we were very happy! Another very special day we have had in another city we can tick off our list!
We are off tomorrow and we think we will just have a nice breakfast and last walk through the city before catching the train back to London. What an awesome break away we have had! Just ideal!