We had a bare 24 hours in Cardiff but managed to see quite a bit in the available time.
The forecast was not looking good but we checked out of our accommodation (luggage left at reception) and braved the drizzly rain while we went in search of breakfast. We found Crumbs Kitchen which provided the gluten-free options I was looking for. It was tucked in one of the many beautiful arcades which criss-cross the city blocks.
We arrived just before 9am so had to wait until opening time.
Here is another view of Morgan Arcade.
I did see a sign announcing that Cardiff was the ‘City of Arcades’ which I think was quite accurate as I have never seen so many memorable arcades in one city.
On the northern edge of the city retail precinct is the imposing Cardiff Castle so we decided that we had sufficient time to make a visit worthwhile.
This was our first view of the keep atop the motte.
The castle precinct apparently dates from Roman times with parts of the perimeter wall built by the Romans. Various structures were built and re-built during successive centuries, including the Normans and again , much later in the late 19th and into the early 20th century.
The view from the top of the keep.
Part of the interior of the keep, including the very steep staircases we climbed to reach the top. It was quite treacherous in the wet weather.
The inside of much of the perimeter wall is surrounded by earth embankments. This, combined with the massive thickness of the walls meant that this was a perfect place for air-raid shelters during WWII.
Finally, we toured the Victorian house on the estate. The opulent interiors were a sight to behold.