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Spanish galleon heads for Cardiff

A Spanish galleon is sailing to Cardiff. A unique replica of the armed merchant vessels which helped forge the Spanish Empire will dock in Cardiff Bay next week (10-12 May).


Floating museum Galeón Andalucia recreates the famous ships, which once crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the American coastline, sailed the Caribbean Sea and explored the Pacific Ocean, establishing trade routes on behalf of the Spanish Crown from the 16th to 18th centuries.


On its Cardiff visit, the galleon will be open from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 May, 10am-8pm, including a self-guided walking tour with the opportunity to explore six decks, interactive exhibits and historical documents, watch videos, take photos and meet crew members.


Tickets cost £12 for adults, and £6 for children aged 5-10 (under 5s are free). Family tickets for two adults and up to three children are £30. You can buy tickets in advance here or at the ship. Schools and other organisations can schedule visits by contacting ecampos@velacuadra.es.


A Cardiff Council spokesperson, said: "Over the last five years Galeón Andalucia has visited 123 countries where more than a million visitors have taken the opportunity to discover more about the history of these majestic ships and the global trade routes they plied. We look forward to adding Wales to that list, and extending Galeón Andalucia a warm welcome to Cardiff."


Associated British Ports (ABP) is supporting the visit, with the galleon berthed at the Port of Cardiff's Britannia Quay.


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