St. David’s Day in Cardiff

St David’s Day has been celebrated since the 12th Century, when the national symbols of Wales, Daffodils & leeks are traditionally worn. It is often a day of singing and eating Welsh Cakes and Bara Brith (a welsh fruited bread). St David or Dewi Sant, the patron saint of Wales was a Celtic monk and Bishop, who lived in the sixth century.

Welsh pride annually descends upon Cardiff city centre in the form of the annual St. David’s Parade on Tuesday 1st March. Colourful carnival dancers, Welsh folk musicians and groups dressed in traditional Welsh costumes take to the streets! The parade culminates outside St. David’s Hall with the Welsh National anthem.

Craft Folk’s festival market provides a colourful backdrop to compliment the fantastic selection of arts, crafts and seasonal food on offer this year.

The St. David’s Hall usually feature the combined might of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, plus a stellar line-up of soloists presenting Welsh classical music.

Although St. David was staunchly in favour of sobriety, you can, like many other Welsh people go against his better judgement by enjoying such delicious ales such as –  Welsh brewers have their own St. David’s Day ale and Brains Brewery have their own too!

Heritage

The landscape in Wales is scattered with some of the most beautiful Castles and Cathedrals in the UK – each with their own tale to tell!

Cardiff Castle

A medieval must-see boasting secret underground tunnels, a Norman keep, a Roman Wall, an iconic clock tower and some of the most lavish interiors that put Laurence Llewellyn Bowen to shame. Situated in the heart of the capital, it is a truly remarkable site with a history that spans over 2000 years. Roman soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here, and the Bute family, with extraordinary wealth and vision, transformed the Castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy. It has also played host to some of the World’s best musicians with Paul Weller, Stereophonics, Sting, Status Quo and Queen all previously headlining at the Welsh Heritage site.

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff is a neighbouring borough and is a City within a city. But, what makes it a city? It’s Cathedral of course! It stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain, much of which is now a conservation area. And it remains comparatively un-spoilt and surprisingly tranquil. The present cathedral dates from 1107 when Bishop Urban, the first Bishop appointed by the Normans, instigated the building of a much larger church. The site is saturated with history and provides an architectural wow-moment when you walk through its doors.

Fonmon Castle

Built in 1180 it is one of the few medieval castles which are still lived in as a home. Situated in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, Fonmon combines centuries of history with convenience and accessibility.

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