The main feature of the City Centre is Cardiff Castle. Which I have to admit, didn't feel quite as impressive on first sight after Edinburgh. You mean I don't have to climb an extinct volcano to get there?
This is the mansion that was built for the Marquess of Bute. Originally it was a Georgian style mansion but the third Marquess had it remodeled into the Victorian Gothic Revival.
If you look closely at the desk at the end of the room, you can see the legs are built around the radiators. The Marquess was very interested in the new central heating system and he had it installed in the mansion. Guess that would keep your feet warm while you worked.
Then I went back out onto the green and headed for the Norman shell fort.
#1 Front door/ground level
But that brings us to stop #3, the very top of the central tower. And I do mean the top, but worth it for the spectacular views of the city.
Ok so for my Doctor Who and Torchwood friends, this is the fun part. The first thing I did yesterday morning was head down to Cardiff Bay and the Doctor Who Experience. With clear sign posts leading the way, I first stopped at the Millennium Center near the front door to Torchwood.
Here's a quick shot of the bay from the Doctor Who Experience and the building itself.
Let me just say, it was an absolute blast. The tour starts out with an interactive adventure with the Doctor. They don't let you take pictures in this part, so I'll briefly tell you the thrilling heroics you missed. Matt Smith has recorded a special story where he gets trapped inside a second Pandorica. (he's rather annoyed that they had a spare and didn't even change the color) So he now needs the help of us "shoppers." First we help him materialize the TARDIS. And there she was. The doors open and you walk straight into Eleven's old control room. Then the Doctor asks you to help him fly the TARDIS. The floors move and the lights flash as smoke pours form the console. Geronimo! Then we're captured by Daleks (the big colorful new ones) but they're distracted by the Cult of Skaro. They fight each other and we escape, into a forest. A very dark forest where the doctor seems a bit concerned about what's in the dark. Oh yes, you guessed it... Weeping Angels. Barely escaping with our lives, we help the Doctor out of the Pandorica and return him to the TARDIS. Three cheers for shoppers! Now on to the museum. I've pulled a lot of pictures to post, but please know, this is only about half of what I took. Everything here should be self explanatory to my fellow Whovians, but let me know if you don't recognize anyting. They had multiple versions of the TARDIS not to mention costumes for each regeneration. So let's start with the entrance and some costumes and props first.
And now on to monsters.
|Ok I know the Face of Boe isn't a monster, but he's not exactly a costume either!|
I managed to find out about one other very nerdy little thing. The guy at the front desk of my hotel happened to be a big fan as well and told me about the Ianto Jones memorial. So of course I had to go find it. Here where they filmed the back entrance to Torchwood, fans spontaneously set up a memorial to Ianto. Sorry if that's a spoiler for anyone.