Picture heavy post follows!
Our first stop was at a location that fans of the programme will recognise as the entrance to Torchwood. The building with the writing on the side is actually the Millennium Centre, a concert and theatre venue.
Cardiff has stood in for various locations, including Central Park NY - this is a show made on a comparatively low budget, so flying the actors over to the real deal isn't really an option! Instead, they did things with digital images, I presume.
Our trip was also attempting to control costs, so rather than joining an organised tour, we used the mobile walking tour available free to download from the BBC website, in conjuction with a free street map given to us at the hotel and assistance from various very helpful Welsh people. We spent a very pleasant afternoon re-living various episodes. For example, the Senedd building pictured below, home of the Welsh National Assembly, was the setting for the Lazarus Experiment (we got to go in, which was awesome!)
The first part of the exhibition is an interactive experience that is lots of fun. And there were Daleks, so be warned ;-)
Then ds and I spent a couple of hours looking round the exhibition.
|Keys to the Tardis|
|Costumes belonging to my Doctors|
|The interior of the Tardis of my youth!|
|Ds is inside! See him peeping out there!|
If Dr Who is not your thing, Cardiff is a beautiful city with cultural, shopping and sports attractions. Here's the Millennium Stadium (multiple Dr Who episodes).
We were very lucky with the weather, as you can see. What a great trip! And I also did knitting, on the train. Started my second sock :)