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Weekend in Cardiff

Caught between an ancient fort and an ultramodern waterfront, the compact Welsh capital has a new-found confidence that makes it a thoroughly fun weekend getaway.

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The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay

Friday

CARDIFF CASTLE

There’s a medieval keep at its heart, but it’s the later additions to Cardiff Castle that capture the imagination. During the Victorian era, extravagant mock-Gothic features were grafted onto this relic, including a clock tower and a banqueting hall. Flanking the castle is Bute Park (cardiffcastle.com; Castle St; 9am-5pm Mar-Oct, to 4pm Nov-Feb; admission £12, incl tour & full access £15).

The twelve-sided Norman shell keep of Cardiff Castle
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