15 Things that Put Tongwynlais on the Map in 2014

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Tongwynlais may be a small village but it made a big splash in 2014. Here are 15 things that put Tongwynlais on the map this year.

  1. NATO Summit – Welcome to Wales
  2. September saw the world’s attention focus on Wales and Castell Coch was featured in a brilliant video by Visit Wales.

    Our photo of Castell Coch was used in the #MyWales gallery at the summit.

  3. Lego Castell Coch
  4. A Lego Fairytale
    In August, we published an interview with Robert Carney, who’s built several Welsh castles out of Lego. Wales Online picked up the story and featured it on their site.

  5. School Power Cut
  6. Tongwynlais Primary School hit the news in January when a power cut closed the school.

  7. Films at Castell Coch
  8. Castell Coch staged two film screenings this year. We were lucky enough to attend the first one.

  9. Holiday Inn Opening
  10. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff officially opened the new Holiday Inn at the end of September.

  11. Castell Coch Vineyard
  12. Phil Carradice wrote a brilliant article about the history of the Castell Coch vineyard.

  13. Cardiff in Bloom Success
  14. Merthyr Road won the “Best Commercial Street” category at this year’s Cardiff in Bloom awards.

  15. Castell Coch in the Telegraph
  16. Castell Coch was featured in the Telegraph article, “Where to see autumn colours around the UK”.

  17. Robot of Sherwood
  18. New Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, was in Tongwynlais filming scenes for “Robot of Sherwood” in April.

  19. Castell Coch on Bing
  20. Castell Coch on Bing.com
    Castell Coch was the Bing search engine background in June. Bing’s homepage is viewed by millions of users.

  21. Merthyr Road
  22. The Merthyr Road planning application story was on the BBC News website.

  23. Castell Coch on Restoration Man
  24. Castell Coch was in an episode of Channel 4’s Restoration Man.


  25. Da Vinci’s Demons Filming
  26. Scenes from popular TV series, Da Vinci’s Demons, were filmed around Castell Coch in October.

  27. Castell Coch from the Clouds
  28. Cadw produced a series of videos this year called “Castles from the Clouds”, which included Castell Coch.

  29. Wales Blog Awards
  30. Lastly, Tongwynlais.com was a finalist in the Wales Blog Awards. The awards celebrate the best blogs in Wales and we were thrilled to make the final three in the “Best Community Blog” category.

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