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Cardiff Outskirts Top 8 Shore Excursions

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Cardiff Outskirts Top 8 Shore Excursions

Travel 20-45 minutes from port 

 
  • Castell Coch (Red Castle)

    (Allow 2 hours plus)
    This late nineteenth-century “fairytale' castle is perched on a wooded hillside on the outskirts of Cardiff. Lavishly decorated and furnished in the Victorian Gothic style it represents a Romantic vision of the Middle Ages.
    Tel: +44 (0)292 081 0101

    e-mail: cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
    website: www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
  • St Fagans National History Museum

    (Allow half day)
    This is one of Europe's leading open–air museums situated in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house.  Over forty original buildings from different historical periods and all parts of Wales have been re-erected in the parkland, and craftsmen demonstrating their traditional skills bring the museum to life.  There are cafes and gift shops on site.
    Tel: +44 (0)292 057 3500

    e-mail: post@museumwales.ac.uk
    website: www.museumwales.ac.uk
  • Fonmon Castle

    (Allow 1-3 hours) 
    Dating from the 12th Century this castle is the home of Sir Brooke and Lady Boothby. With a fine collection of paintings and a magnificent roccoco library, Fonmon is surrounded by beautiful walled gardens and woodlands featuring over 1000 cultivars. Personally guided tours, banquets, teas, receptions together with activities or entertainment can all be enjoyed throughout the year.  Tel: +44 (0)1446 710206                  e-mail: fonmon_castle@msn.com
    website: www.fonmoncastle.com
     
  • Dyffryn Gardens

    (Allow 2 hours)
    Located less than 10 miles from Cardiff these beautiful gardens feature splendid lawns, herbaceous borders, intimate garden rooms and an arboretum of rare and unusual trees. Selected as one of the top 100 gardens in the UK.
    Tel: +44 (0)292 059 3328

    e-mail: dyffryn@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk
    website: www.dyffryngardens.org.uk
 
 
  • Caerphilly Castle

    (Allow 2 hours plus)
    This imposing castle is one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe and the famous tower ‘out leans’ that of the tower of Pisa.

    Tel: +44 (0)292 088 3143

    e-mail: cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk
    website: www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
     
  • Rhondda Heritage Park

    (Allow min 2 -3 hours)
    The Black Gold tour includes a guided tour with former-miners and involves multimedia presentations, a tour of the pit head buildings and a trip 'underground' to experience the life of a South Wales coal miner.

    Tel: +44 (0)144 368 2036

    e-mail: reception@rhonddaheritagepark.com  
    website: www.rhonddaheritagepark.com
  • Llancaiach Fawr Manor

    (Allow 2 hours)
    Step back in time to the year 1645 and meet the servants of the manor house who’ll share stories of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.

    Tel: +44 (0)144 341 2248

    e-mail: llancaiachfawr@caerphilly.gov.uk
    website: www.caerphilly.gov.uk/llancaiachfawr
  • Tredegar House                                                                 (Allow 2 hours)
    Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain, with parts dating back to the early 1500s. Visitors can discover what life was like for those who lived above and below stairs by touring the impressive state rooms and the intriguing servants’ quarters.                                                                                                                          Tel: Tel: +44 (0)1633 815 880 

     

    e-mail: tredegar@nationaltrust.org.uk
    website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house/ 

 

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