Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
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Review of "Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff"
And now another Ciao member has jumped on board, apparently the title of my latest review is not suited to 21st century Britain - even though it is linked in to the review!
Having visited Cardiff and the surrounding areas a number of times over the last two or three years or so, most things that the family and I would want to see have been seen. But one place that we had not visited is known as 'a city within a city', that being Llandaff - a city of sorts in its own right because of the cathedral that is based there (which is of course the basis of this review), but has since 1922 been a part of 'Greater Cardiff' following the boundaries of Cardiff being extended.With the original building being built in the 12th century (parts of which are still standing), parts of it have had to have been rebuilt or refurbished over the years owing to storms; the 1400 rebellion, and the Second World War. It is an Anglican cathedral (so a part of the Church of England as opposed to it being a Roman Catholic church), with a cathedral school and other church related buildings in its immediate vicinity.
Being situated about two and a half miles from the centre of Cardiff and only taking about ten minutes at the most by car, on arrival at LLandaff you would never think that you were still in the midst of a major city (albeit in one of the suburbs). There is parking close by, and access is available for those who cannot manage the steps that are at the front of the cathedral. As well as there being good car access, there are also regular buses that run up to about every ten minutes a day peak times - and as well as this, there is also a train station at Llandaff which is a short walk away from the cathedral.With it being an active Christian community that aims to be 'out there' for anyone and everyone to visit whatever their need, it is open seven days a week 365 days a year from nine o'clock in the morning (seven o'clock in the morning on a Sunday) and closes after the last service of the day - the last service of the day Monday to Saturday (according to the website and other information that I picked up on a visit) is at 5.15 pm, meaning that the Cathedral would be closed by about six o'clock in the evening or thereabouts. On a Sunday the final service which starts at half past five is the Eucharist which is a service of Holy Communion, which can last anything up to about an hour and a half within reason.
Although this is of course an active church with its own local congregation, anyone is welcome to attend any of the services if they happen to be visiting. People are also allowed to visit the Cathedral whilst one of the services are on and walk about, but it is asked that those who are not taking an active part on the service are asked to be aware of what is happening and to be mindful of the fact that a service is indeed taking place.There are certain times when members of the general public are not allowed to visit the inside of the Cathedral which are normally things such as weddings and funerals (as well as other more special services), but these are normally posted online or outside the church - but they can change at short notice, and so calling them may also be a good option (details to follow).
For those who are knowledgeable about the layout of churches in general (although Cathedrals may be a little different owing to the fact that they are a lot larger than most ordinary church buildings), you enter the building from the rear of the church - facing you down the far end of the Cathedral is the 'High Altar'. The rows of chairs are facing the direction that you will be looking at (the pews have all been removed), and in between them and the High Altar are various other interesting points - these include the choir stalls; the lectern (where the Bible is read from), and the pulpit (where the vicar preaching the sermon will usually stand).Down either side of the Cathedral are the outer walls that contain various memorials to those who have passed on and other such information about the Cathedral, and towards the rear of the Cathedral and almost surrounding the High Altar are three smaller side chapels where certain services are held.
As this is a religious site that is both an active Christian church and what could loosely be called a 'tourist site', it does of course require a lot of upkeep - but as a charity of sorts as well, they do not charge an entrance fee. However during certain church services they take a collection (as many Christian institutions do) but this is not something that one has to give to, and there are also other ways in which to support the Cathedral - some people may give a one off donation when they have finished their visit (there is the opportunity for doing this on site), whereas others may give a lot more regularly through standing orders and suchlike. There is of course information about this within the Cathedral, or again you can contact them at your own leisure for further information.In and around the Cathedral are plenty of good walks to go on aswell as there being plenty of cafes or pubs within a short walking distance too, and so you can make a day of things here if you so wished to. However I only really enjoyed visiting the Cathedral in itself, as although it is quite a popular place for people to visit you never really the impression that it is overcrowded; you are free to roam the place for yourself (although there are some restrictions on certain areas), and it is a place to go to just 'get away' from life for an hour or two. There are tours on offer, however I cannot comment on them as I have never made use of them.
All in all this is somewhere that I cannot help but recommend for you to visit, as pretty much everyone can get something from ti - whether it be for religious or other such similar reasons; whether you are there as a part of a group tour learning something new, or even for the architecture. And so therefore I have to end my review by recommending it to you to visit, as you will not be disappointed.Thanks for reading!
Product Information : Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff
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