Catching the train for the journey from Bangor in North Wales to Cardiff in the south is the easiest way to travel. Sink back into comfortable seats, and watch some of the most glorious countryside Wales has to offer fly by the window.
Connect to our free onboard Wifi and search through the numerous attractions and things to do in the capital city. A hotbed of talent, Cardiff has given the world many famous sons and daughters, including singing sensations Dame Shirley Bassey and Charlotte Church, and actors Ioan Gruffudd, Tom Ellis and Griff Rhys Jones. Notable Cardiff born sporting legends include Colin Jackson and Ryan Giggs, and from the arts, the amazing children’s favourite Roald Dahl. Born in 1916, Dahl was baptised in the Norwegian Church, as were his own children. The Dahl family originates in Oslo, with his father Harald founding the successful transport company Aadnessen & Dahl in 1880. Cardiff, itself, has appeared on screen numerous times, with Torchwood, the popular Dr Who spinoff and Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch filmed in the city.
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Cardiff Castle offers a glimpse back in time at the heart of the city. Constructed where a Roman stronghold once stood guard, the castle has survived sieges, sackings and changes of allegiance throughout the centuries, with many rebuilds and additions along the way, too. The last redesign, in the 1800s, saw the 3rd Marquis of Bute transform large parts of the castle into a fairytale palace. Rumoured to be the richest man in the world, his every whim was lavishly indulged, and the resulting opulence draws visitors from around the globe. The Castle Apartments offer unrivalled glamour and luxury, while the gold leaf and murals in the Middle Eastern inspired Arab Room has to be seen to be believed!
Visiting the Queen’s Arcade should be high on every shopaholic’s list. Featuring all the favourite high street names, and some lovely designer labels, Cardiff has something for everyone. However, if you’re after something more exclusive or unique, head for the Victorian arcades. Hidden away, they showcase local artists and products. Studio pottery and ceramics vie for attention with chunky, cosy knitwear, and traditional hand carved Welsh lovespoons, while delicious homemade delicacies tempt you from every corner. Why not treat yourself to something sweet for the journey home to Bangor?
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