Cardiff Travel Guide
Why? A holiday in Cardiff, the buzzing heart of south Wales, has plenty to offer any visitor to the United Kingdom. A lively nightlife, vibrant waterfront district crammed with attractions, and the awesome Millennium Stadium, and a full cultural calendar are some of the drawcards that make it worthwhile to travel to Cardiff.
When? Spring and summer are the best seasons to spend a holiday in Cardiff, which, like most of the United Kingdom, tends to be wet and cold during autumn and winter.
Who for? Tourists travel to Cardiff for a good holiday, seeing the sights and enjoying the nightlife. Cardiff is also a popular destination for rugby and football fans from all over the world, who are not deterred by wintry weather when they flood into the city to support their favourite teams at international matches held at the world-famous Millennium Stadium.
More Info: Essential information required to plan and enjoy a Cardiff holiday is available in our comprehensive Cardiff travel guide, which lists some of the main attractions in this fun city.
Norman Keep, Cardiff Castle ©
Although occupied since the Middle Ages, Cardiff really came into its own during the Industrial Revolution as an important dock town used for the distribution of iron and coal in Wales. Since becoming the Welsh capital in 1955 and subsequently the seat of the Welsh National Assembly, Cardiff has undergone a massive transformation from a forgotten industrial port to a vibrant, modern and cosmopolitan capital city.
Nowhere is the growth and development of the city more evident than in the Cardiff Bay area, a massive new commercial development and urban regeneration project. The trendy waterfront district known as Mermaid's Quay is home to striking modern architecture and modern art, as well as chic shops and boutiques, top-class restaurants, and plenty of clubs and bars. The Quay also provides a great launch site for numerous cruises and boat tours, ranging from serene paddleboats to thrilling speed boat rides.
These modern amenities lie alongside some impressive historical sites, including the Cardiff Castle, which was built by the wealthy third Marquis of Bute. The castle is located in the centre of Cardiff on a site used by both the Romans and the Normans as a strategic point of defence. Visitors can still explore the Norman Keep, set on top of a small hill overlooking the city.
Other popular attractions in Cardiff include the National Museum and Gallery, St David's Hall, Llandaff Cathedral, the outdoor Museum of Welsh Life and the Millennium Stadium - the home of the Welsh Rugby Union and host-to-be of football matches at the 2012 Olympics. There are also many historical attractions and points of interest just outside the city, including several Neolithic sites, and the area is resplendent with natural beauty.
This fast-growing urban centre is an uncommon tourist destination, but more and more travellers are flocking to enjoy the sights, sounds and 24-hour buzz of the Welsh capital.
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