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Guidebook for The Old Byre

Chris

Guidebook for The Old Byre

Food Scene
Porro is a highly rated Italian restaurant. Probably not one of the cheapest but certainly one of the best value-for-money restaurants in Cardiff.
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Porro Llandaff
22 High St
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Porro is a highly rated Italian restaurant. Probably not one of the cheapest but certainly one of the best value-for-money restaurants in Cardiff.
Excellent beer and excellent bar meals, reasonably priced and fast service.
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Maltsters Cardiff
42 Cardiff Rd
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Excellent beer and excellent bar meals, reasonably priced and fast service.
At night the Mermaid Quay is a bustling, vibrant area in the Bay which has every type of restaurant, some of which feature live music to accompany alfresco dining. This is a "must visit" area.
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Mermaid Quay
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At night the Mermaid Quay is a bustling, vibrant area in the Bay which has every type of restaurant, some of which feature live music to accompany alfresco dining. This is a "must visit" area.
Only 2 miles from The Old Byre, situated in the local village of Radyr is Cicchetti, an excellent Italian restaurant.
Cicchetti
8 Station Rd
Only 2 miles from The Old Byre, situated in the local village of Radyr is Cicchetti, an excellent Italian restaurant.
Coffee, Drinks & Nightlife
Located in nearby Llandaff village, (2 miles down the road towards Cardiff), the Black Lion is a proper Welsh pub. If you appreciate fine cask ales, then you have found one of the best pubs in the Cardiff area. Brains beer is the best in Wales! Not really recommended for food. Better, over the road in The Malsters
Black Lion
49 Cardiff Rd
Located in nearby Llandaff village, (2 miles down the road towards Cardiff), the Black Lion is a proper Welsh pub. If you appreciate fine cask ales, then you have found one of the best pubs in the Cardiff area. Brains beer is the best in Wales! Not really recommended for food. Better, over the road in The Malsters
In the nearby village of Pentyrch, the small centre bar of the Kings Arms pub is the perfect place to snuggle up in front of the open log fire on a winter's evening with good company and a good beer. There is also an excellent restaurant and a spacious garden for relaxation on those special sunny days!
Kings Arms
In the nearby village of Pentyrch, the small centre bar of the Kings Arms pub is the perfect place to snuggle up in front of the open log fire on a winter's evening with good company and a good beer. There is also an excellent restaurant and a spacious garden for relaxation on those special sunny days!
The Plymouth Arms in the nearby village of St Fagans is a good place for good beer and good pub grub. Perhaps, try lunch here before a visit to the famous "Folk Museum" which is the local name for the St Fagans National Museum of History (Welsh) which is over the road and down the hill on the right.
The Plymouth Arms
The Plymouth Arms in the nearby village of St Fagans is a good place for good beer and good pub grub. Perhaps, try lunch here before a visit to the famous "Folk Museum" which is the local name for the St Fagans National Museum of History (Welsh) which is over the road and down the hill on the right.
"Coffee No 1" is an ideal venue for that special cup of your favourite coffee. It is located close to Llandaff Fields with plenty of parking space.
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Coffee#1 Pontcanna
211-217 Cathedral Rd
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"Coffee No 1" is an ideal venue for that special cup of your favourite coffee. It is located close to Llandaff Fields with plenty of parking space.
Sightseeing
The lock system which links the Cardiff Bay to the tidal Bristol Channel was one of Europe's largest civil engineering projects when it was completed in 1999. It is a "must see" if you are technically minded, but it is great to simply while away some time watching the boats move in and out of the Bay.
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Cardiff Bay Barrage
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The lock system which links the Cardiff Bay to the tidal Bristol Channel was one of Europe's largest civil engineering projects when it was completed in 1999. It is a "must see" if you are technically minded, but it is great to simply while away some time watching the boats move in and out of the Bay.
The wonderful "Gavin and Stacey" television series was largely filmed here, close to the Pleasure Park. Why not sit on the esplanade sea wall overlooking the beach where the closing scene of the whole series was shot!
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Barry Island Pleasure Park
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The wonderful "Gavin and Stacey" television series was largely filmed here, close to the Pleasure Park. Why not sit on the esplanade sea wall overlooking the beach where the closing scene of the whole series was shot!
Drop your car off here and take the short walk into Mermaids Quay. Have a coffee or a beer in one of the many bars and restaurants. This is a perfect place for "people watching" or you can take a short boat trip across the Bay to Penarth or a short walk to the historic Norwegian Church, the Welsh Assembly building or the Millenium Centre concert hall.
Mermaid Quay Car Park
Drop your car off here and take the short walk into Mermaids Quay. Have a coffee or a beer in one of the many bars and restaurants. This is a perfect place for "people watching" or you can take a short boat trip across the Bay to Penarth or a short walk to the historic Norwegian Church, the Welsh Assembly building or the Millenium Centre concert hall.
If you are into castles, then Cardiff Castle is a must. It is situated in the middle of Cardiff and could not be easier to find.
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Cardiff Castle
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If you are into castles, then Cardiff Castle is a must. It is situated in the middle of Cardiff and could not be easier to find.
Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais which is approx. 2 miles from The Old Byre. The first castle on the site was built by the Normans after 1081, to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge.
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Castell Coch
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Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built above the village of Tongwynlais which is approx. 2 miles from The Old Byre. The first castle on the site was built by the Normans after 1081, to protect the newly conquered town of Cardiff and control the route along the Taff Gorge.
Caerphilly Castle is a medieval fortification located in nearby Caerphilly. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert, his descendants, and the native Welsh rule. It is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe. Several factors give it this pre-eminence - its immense size (1.2h), making it the largest in Britain after Windsor, its large-scale use of water for defence and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain. Of the time of its building in the late 13th century, it was a revolutionary masterpiece of military planning. This really is a "must visit" for any castle enthusiast The attached photo does not even begin to do this site justice!
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Caerphilly Castle
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Caerphilly Castle is a medieval fortification located in nearby Caerphilly. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert, his descendants, and the native Welsh rule. It is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe. Several factors give it this pre-eminence - its immense size (1.2h), making it the largest in Britain after Windsor, its large-scale use of water for defence and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain. Of the time of its building in the late 13th century, it was a revolutionary masterpiece of military planning. This really is a "must visit" for any castle enthusiast The attached photo does not even begin to do this site justice!
Arts & Culture
This is not a "standard" museum which is housed in a large grey stone building, full of grey artefacts in grey glass cases. No, --It is completely different. Various buildings of historic interest from all over Wales have been dismantled and rebuilt in the museum's parkland. Visitors can see a range of architectural styles from many centuries of Welsh life and all in one setting. On a sunny day, take a picnic and walk through the history of Welsh life.
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St. Fagans National Museum of History
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This is not a "standard" museum which is housed in a large grey stone building, full of grey artefacts in grey glass cases. No, --It is completely different. Various buildings of historic interest from all over Wales have been dismantled and rebuilt in the museum's parkland. Visitors can see a range of architectural styles from many centuries of Welsh life and all in one setting. On a sunny day, take a picnic and walk through the history of Welsh life.
This is the "numero uno" theatre/ concert hall in Cardiff. If you miss a concert, you can always have a coffee in the reception area.
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Millennium Centre
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This is the "numero uno" theatre/ concert hall in Cardiff. If you miss a concert, you can always have a coffee in the reception area.
Hikes and Walks
Pen-y fan is the highest mountain in South Wales and is situated in the Brecon Nationl Park, north of Cardiff on the A470. The hike to the top is hard work but spectacularly rewarding views await you.( assuming the weather is fine, which it usually isn't!! There are some excellent traditional pubs in nearby Brecon, where the beers are spectacularly rewarding irrespective of the weather and they require very little effort to get into them.
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Pen-y-Fan walk
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Pen-y fan is the highest mountain in South Wales and is situated in the Brecon Nationl Park, north of Cardiff on the A470. The hike to the top is hard work but spectacularly rewarding views await you.( assuming the weather is fine, which it usually isn't!! There are some excellent traditional pubs in nearby Brecon, where the beers are spectacularly rewarding irrespective of the weather and they require very little effort to get into them.
The Taff Trail follows the river from north of Cardiff down into the Cardiff Bay area. Enthusiastic hikers can set off from The Old Byre, take a footpath through the woods and fields and local golf course into the village of Radyr where they can join the Taff Trail for the final stretch into Cardiff. (about 4 - 5 miles in total)
Radyr
The Taff Trail follows the river from north of Cardiff down into the Cardiff Bay area. Enthusiastic hikers can set off from The Old Byre, take a footpath through the woods and fields and local golf course into the village of Radyr where they can join the Taff Trail for the final stretch into Cardiff. (about 4 - 5 miles in total)
Shopping
If you really have to "go shopping" then I guess this is where you can indulge yourself. There are some good pubs in the area if you get fed up. The best one is The Old Arcade" which is world famous amongst the international rugby fraternity.
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Cardiff Central (CDF)
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If you really have to "go shopping" then I guess this is where you can indulge yourself. There are some good pubs in the area if you get fed up. The best one is The Old Arcade" which is world famous amongst the international rugby fraternity.
Essentials and other information.
If you have forgotten to pack some essentials which we have not provided then the mini supermarkets in a local village should provide the answers. In addition to mini markets we have listed some of the other facilities which are available in the villages.
Towards the top of the High St, turn right into the car park. Llandaff village has convenience stores, restaurants, dry cleaners, a bank, estate agents and, most importantly of all, three excellent pubs. - The Black Lion, The Malsters and The Butchers Arms. Oh, and not forgetting, a magnificent Cathedral at the top of the High St.
Llandaff
Towards the top of the High St, turn right into the car park. Llandaff village has convenience stores, restaurants, dry cleaners, a bank, estate agents and, most importantly of all, three excellent pubs. - The Black Lion, The Malsters and The Butchers Arms. Oh, and not forgetting, a magnificent Cathedral at the top of the High St.
Radyr village is only a couple of miles from The Old Byre down the A4119 towards Cardiff. The village centre Is close to the railway station and the Taff river and has a mini market, a newsagent, a chemist and an excellent coffee shop/restaurant called Cicchetti.
Radyr
Radyr village is only a couple of miles from The Old Byre down the A4119 towards Cardiff. The village centre Is close to the railway station and the Taff river and has a mini market, a newsagent, a chemist and an excellent coffee shop/restaurant called Cicchetti.