From Bristol to Cardiff

On august 2015, I went to the UK on my own, with the firm intention to get to Weston-Super-Mare see Banksy’s temporary exhibition Dismaland. I don’t quite know why I wanted to visit it so bad, I was just feeling like it was something great to see, as it gathered some 50 contemporary artists in a very uncommon way. Plus, I thought it’d be the opportunity to visit a bit of Southern England and even Wales, as I had seen very little of the UK so far, only London actually.

Sadly, as I was getting close to my goal of entering Dismaland, I was actually refused access by security staff telling me that I should have bought my ticket online, which, naturally, I had not done. It looked like Dismaland had been victim of its own success and I kind of underestimated the amount of visitors that will show up over the course of August and September.

However, the day after my cruel disillusion, I decided to head for Cardiff, an hour-long-train-trip from Bristol where I was staying. I also went to Bath, a pretty little town, widely known for its roman bath.

The ferry trip lasted 8 hours, so after a few hours, I decided to go out in the windy weather and take some shots.

Portsmouth

Bristol

Weston-Super-Mare

Cardiff

Caerphilly

Bath

Portsmouth

I arrived by night in Portsmouth, went straight to my hotel and then tried to find some local eatery downtown. I have to say there was a peculiar ambiance at dusk.

Even though I was not able to get into Dismaland in Weston-Super-Mare, I did not take my train back to Bristol immediately, I went to the end of the seafront instead and took a few shots there.

Cardiff is also a nice city. The town’s big attraction are its Victorian-style shopping arcades (in which the following picture was taken) as well as its castle, located at the end of the main street.

Approximately 30km away from Cardiff, Caerphilly is a small town famous for its medieval-period castle. The building includes a tilting tower, which makes it quite interesting to visit. The featured image of the article was taken there.

Finally, Bath was a real surprise for me, as I did not know about this city before I planned my trip. The “Royal Crescent” building certainly is one the town’s greatest monuments.