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Visit Wales: Llandaff Cathedral

Cardiff may be the capital of Wales and offer lots to see, but Llandaff, which is in Cardiff, is definitely worth a visit…

It could be easy to kind of forget Llandaff, which seems strange, seeing as it’s about fifteen minutes away from the city. With houses that cost a fortune, Llandaff strikes me as a place that is quaintly cosy, and very privileged.

Not only was Llandaff the birth place of author Roald Dahl, it is also home to Llandaff Cathedral.

I’m lucky enough to work in Llandaff, and on my lunch breaks I’ll take a short walk to the cathedral green. The homes here always pique my interest, and the cathedral is imposing on the skyline. Llandaff cathedral is the second of Cardiff’s cathedrals.

It was first constructed in the 12th century, and during the rebellion of Owain Glynd┼Ár it was severely damaged. Storms in 1703 damaged the cathedral further, until in 1734 construction took part on it to restore it. In January 1941, the cathedral was damaged in the Cardiff Blitz, the Second World War, by a parachute mine blast.

The stonework is from the medieval period. During the summer, it’s a great place to take in by sitting on the banks of cathedral green, and taking in the splendour of the cathedral before you.

Sometimes, when walking past, you might be able to hear the choirs sing. You might also see the vicar walk by, who lives next door. I’m yet to go inside – I’m not entirely sure if I’m allowed – but when I do, I’ll be sure to let you in, too!

Have you visited Llandaff Cathedral? Let me know in the comments below!

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