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Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport
Port Road CF62 3BT Rhoose United Kingdom
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Description Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport
The Sky Plaza Cardiff Airport - part of the Holiday Inn Express chain - is a 2-star hotel that is situated close to the airport terminal. Several of its rooms overlook the main runway, and are soundproofed so that guests can enjoy the view without any discomfort. A shuttlebus service between the hotel and the main terminal runs around the clock and guests can even leave their car parked at the hotel if they have a flight to catch.
All 111 of the Sky Plaza's rooms are modernly furnished and cater especially to the needs of business travelers. The rooms have individual air conditioning and heating and their own private bathroom with hairdryer. They also have a television, a desk and (paid) high speed internet.
Meeting rooms are available in addition to laundry and dry cleaning services. Free parking is also made available to all guests. There is a bar and a restaurant on location, which is open for breakfast and dinner.
Built in 1790 for an Indian merchant, John Pinney, the Georgian House gives an insight to life in the 18th century. Pinney's slave, Pero, later gave his name to the Bridge at the Harbourside. Inside the Georgian House there is an exhibit on Pinney's involvement in the sugar trade and Pero his slave.
It is situated in the Bristol town centre. Admission is free, and there are 11 rooms to visit, extended over four floors, making it inaccessible for wheelchairs. Opening hours are from 10h00 to 17h00 daily, except on Thursdays and Fridays when it is closed.
Bristol's Red Lodge
This 400 year old Elizabethan house can be visited. It was originally a lodge to the Great House where Queen Elizabeth stayed once. The Red Lodge is the last existing example of 16th century rooms in the city and home to some fine oak-panelled rooms, such as the Great Oak Room and the Small Oak Room. During the 18th century the house was modernised and from 1854 on it was used as the first girls' reform school in the county. The school was set up by Mary Carpenter, one of the rooms in the Lodge is dedicated to her memory. The seven rooms that can be visited reflect the history of the house. The rooms contain examples of Elizabethan and Georgian style interior design and there is an exhibition room which reminds of the time when the building served as a school.
There is also a Elizabethan-style walled knot garden on the grounds. The garden is accessible and features herbaceous borders and a replica of the pattern that can be seen on the lodge's bedroom ceiling. The plants in the garden are the same which would have been used in an English garden of the early 17th century.
Opening hours are from Saturday to Wednesday 10am to 17pm.
Admission is free.
The interactive experience offered by the hands-on science centre At-Bristol Explore, and its planetarium, brings science and the world around us to life, using the very latest multi-media techniques. It is an award-winning attraction, completely accessible to disabled visitors.
At-Bristol organise travelling exhibitions and rent out spaces for weddings or other events. At-Bristol is a charity and aims to make science accessible to all, supplying educative services to schools and colleges, such as price reductions and workshops.
Exhibits such as "your amazing brain", where you'll see optical illusions, or "move it", where tactile exhibits teach friction and its daily role in our lives, the "curiosity zone" or the "live science zone" explain some of the earth's mysteries, such as the Bermuda triangle or tornadoes. "Space" in the planetarium teaches how space research has revolutionised our lives.
Admission prices are £9 for adults, £6,50 for children from 3-15, £26 for a family of 4 persons.
Opening hours are 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and 10am to 6pm on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.
St Mary Redcliffe Church
This Anglican Parish Church is one of the largest parish Church's of Britain. Some parts of the church date back to the 12th century, but the majority is from the 15th century. Its perpendicular architectural lines lead to a 89 metre high spire, which was struck by lightning in 1446, and rebuilt to its current height only in the1870s.
There are Victorian stained glass windows, and a pipe organ designed by Arthur Harrison in 1911. St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School opened in 1571, in the church's courtyard chapel, and stays linked to the church.
Queen Elizabeth I once described the church as "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England."
The church opening hours are from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, and from 8am to 7.30pm on Sundays.
The Christmas Nails Market
The Christmas Nails Market is an annual event that takes place at St Nicholas Market in Bristol between late November and the 24th December. There are more than 35 street stalls here that sell everything from ethically sourced clothing, original toys and gifts and traditional games.
It is open daily at the following times:
Monday to Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm