72 Hours in Cardiff, Wales. #MarinaTravels
Though I was beyond excited to visit Cardiff, my train ride from Liverpool to Cardiff was nothing but smooth and peaceful. Started off with me missing my train (how unprofessional of me.), spent an unnecessarily expensive amount of money to repurchase my ticket. Then the nearly four and a half hour train ride was exhausting and I was feeling extra sleepy. However, the quaint view of the South West English countryside was rather pleasant.
Mermaid Quay and Pierhead Building
You could relax and hang out by the quay, enjoy the bay view and may even spot a swan or two! I also took a casual stroll down to the Pierhead Building, which was one of the cities of Cardiff's most familiar and recognizable landmarks. The French-Gothic Renaissance style red building was first built in 1897, was most recently re-opened to the public in 2010 as a Welsh history museum and exhibition. Another cool fact is that the clock on the building is unofficially known as the "Baby Big Ben" or the "Big Ben of Wales".
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Cardiff Castle. Being this up close to a part of the great history of Cardiff and Wales truly left me in awe. There's something about Medieval castles that are so fascinating to me. Oh well, it's probably because where I come from we don't get to see historic castles and mansions that often (at all )!
The Coal Exchange
Another Cardiff history worth learning was its glorious coal trading days. Situated in Mount Stuart Square in Butetown, The Coal Exchange or formerly known as the Coal and Shipping Exchange was once a busy place for trading in coal in Cardiff.
The building has now been refurbished and turned into a luxury four-star hotel without changing the coal exchange history background. I was lucky enough to be given a tour in this historic building and learned a lot more about the beautiful capital of Wales.