Day tour of Wales and border region

This evening, I am reprising a day tour of Wales and the border region with England.

Wales is a country that is part of the U.K. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.Population is 3.13m and area 8,023 sq mi.. Wales has over 1,680 miles (2,700 km) of coastline and is largely mountainous with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Mount Snowdon,its highest summit. English is the dominant language whilst Welsh, an ancient Brittonic language, is also widely spoken.

 

Llangollen, Wales

Trip record

First, we departed our lodgings in Llangollen, N.E. Wales and drove  S.E. to Ludlow, just over the border in England.

Ludlow is a fine old English town with good examples of Tudor architecture dating back about 500 years. A market was in process in centre of the town. Close to the town centre are the ruins of  Ludlow Castle. This castle has its origins in the 11th century as a border stronghold but over the succeeding centuries was extended into a Royal Palace. However, it was abandoned in the 18th century. In 1811 the ruins were purchased by the 2nd Earl of Powis with ownership resting in the same family today.

 

Tudor Architecture, Ludlow, England

 

Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, England

 

Ludlow Castle, England

 

Ludlow, Shropshire, England

Next, we drove south for about two hours to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales,and our destination of Cardiff Bay, a former industrial area which has been regenerated and now provides a home to a number of visitor attractions and official buildings including Mermaid Quay, Welsh Parliament, Norwegian Church and Doctor Who Experience.

 

Cardiff Bay, Wales

 

 

Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff Bay,

 

Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay, Wales

 

Welsh Parliament, Cardiff Bay, Wales

 

Cardiff Bay, Wales

 

Cardiff Bay, Wales

After concluding our visit to Cardiff Bay we checked into our lodgings for the night in the Cardiff area.

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