They do, however provide some great places for kids to visit. Nestled in the mountains overlooking Cardiff is Castell Coch, as it emerges through the tree it is the stuff fairy tales are made of. Constructed with the money of a very rich man called William Burgess. There is a good free car park and walks around the castle give plenty of opportunity for photos. If you like mountain biking there are some fun routes through the woods that are not too technical.
Another beneficiary of the industrial boom is Cardiff Castle, which has a host of events at Christmas and Easter. The castle has an inner keep that has a real ‘Robin Hood’ type feel to it. A great place to visit with informative tours. It also has one of the best tearooms in Cardiff in Pettigrew’s.
As Cardiff castle dominates Cardiff so Caerphilly castle does the same for Caerphilly. It is fair to say there is more of a day out here with its massive rambling fortifications and models of siege engines on display. Loads of exhibits are available as you climb up and down the towers.
A short way out of Cardiff on the road to Barry can be found Cosmeston Medieval Village and Lakes. Cardiff and its surrounds have been popular for a long time and evidence of life in the 14th century can be found here with some interesting finds in the museum.
The village existed at a time when the ‘Black Death’ killed of half the population of Britain.
The lakes make it a great spot for a picnic and it’s a good place to explore.
Bringing us back to modern times the iconic millennium stadium, now famous for fantastic final in FA Cup and epic Rugby Internationals. Kids can enjoy a stadium tour and visit areas not usually available. Will it have the same longevity as some of the other buildings we wonder?
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Castle Coch Castle Hill Tongwynlais CF15 7JS 029 2081 0101
Cardiff Castle Castle Street Cardiff, CF10 3RB 02920 878100
Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly town centre, CF83 1JL 029 2088 0011
Cosmeston, Medieval Village and Lakes, Lavernock Rd, Penarth. CF64 5UY 02920 701678
Pettigrew Tea Rooms, West Lodge, Bute Park and Arboretum, Castle Street, CF10 1BJ 029 2023 5486
Millennium Stadium Westgate Street Cardiff CF10 1NS, 0870 013 8600