Bruce the Wandering Whale travels by train from Paddington to Cardiff

We caught the train from Paddington to Cardiff. We paid the extra 20 quid to travel in the First Class carriage: more legroom, leather seats and fewer of the hoi-polloi. The train reached speeds of 160km/h and we arrived in Cardiff around three hours after we left Paddington.

Our hotel was adjacent to the station in Cardiff, so very easy to find! After checking in, we wandered around Cardiff looking for somewhere for dinner and discovered we were only a few hundred metres from the entrance to Cardiff Castle.

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Cardiff Castle entrance at night.PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

Being a Sunday night, there wasn’t a lot of action in the pubs, but we found a very busy little Italian restaurant in The Hayes and decided it would be a good bet, based on the apparent popularity. We weren’t disappointed.

The following day was the end of the golden weather. Typical Welsh weather – rain. And several degrees cooler.

Today was the day to visit the Doctor Who Experience ?in Cardiff Bay. My daughter is a huge fan (I am a fan too). It starts with the “interactive” portion of the tour which is led by a guide, supposedly interacting with the latest Doctor (Peter Capaldi). It was a bit “Meh!” in my opinion – but I think a 10-12 year old would have lapped it up…

Security was a bit tight at the entrance:

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Security at The Doctor Who experience. PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

The next bit was the museum – photos, sets, costumes and models

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Bruce met the Emperor of the Daleks and one of his servants and didn’t seem too fazed…

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Bruce meets the Emperor of the Daleks PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

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Exterminate, exterminate….PHOTO-supplied Whaleoil

He also bumped into K9 outside the Tardis…

Bruce meets K9 PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Bruce meets K9 PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

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The shop (at the exit, of course) was also a little disappointing with its selection of souvenirs and pricing (although I did spring for a badge for Bruce’s jacket)….

The following day, the weather was almost as miserable, but we were there for a good time, not a long time, so we persevered.

We visited Cardiff Castle?, wandering around the grounds and also did the “House Tour” which? was well worth it…

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PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Interestingly, the castle walls have tunnels running inside them and these were converted to air-raid shelters during WW2. The stone of the walls was thicker and stronger than anything that was built for this purpose…

Bruce in the stocks in front of the Keep

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PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

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The fireplace in the main dining hall in the “House”

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PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

The ceiling of the main dining hall

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PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

We also climbed the keep. This is from the keep, looking back at the “House” with the Millennium Stadium in the background (Bruce was as pushy as ever to get in to the photo). Misty rain made the picture difficult, with it blowing directly at us…

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PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

The stairs back down to ground level were somewhat challenging…

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PHOTO supplied Whaleoil

Next stop: Dublin!

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