Cardiff at a Glance
Croeso i Gaerdydd! Or, welcome to Cardiff, in English. Situated on the Bristol Channel, this waterside city was one of the world’s busiest ports. It’s a city that is proud of both its 2000 year history and the direction it’s taking for the future. Ancient and modern mix within the compact city centre, and the nightlife rivals any other thriving UK metropolis. Just outside of the city, less than 10 minutes, is the eye-catching countryside where relaxation activities and sporting opportunities are widely available.
Not to be missed
Cardiff has activities for every age, every personality and every budget. Here are just some of the top sites and experiences in Cardiff:
- Cardiff Castle: The castle is considered one of the top attractions in Wales and has a very distinct history.
- Millennium Stadium: This ultra-modern building is the home of Welsh Rugby and has been the stage for many of the world’s largest music acts.
- National Museum Cardiff: Acquiring an art collection from two wealthy Welsh sisters, the National Museum became home to one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris.
- BBC Wales Studios: These studios are where the well-known series Doctor Who is filmed. In 2012, the Doctor Who Experience will open and treat fans to an interactive experience through time and space.
- Cardiff International White Water: Get your adrenalin pumping with white water rafting, kayaking, river boarding and hydro speeding on a unique indoors course. Located in the Cardiff International Sports Village, this was voted ‘Best Visitor Experience’ and guarantees you’ll get wet and be thrilled.
St. Fagans National History Museum is the most visited heritage site in Wales and considered one of the best open-air museums in all of Europe. Located outside of Cardiff, the 100 acre park is home to over 40 original re-erected buildings from different periods of Wales’s history.
Good to know about Cardiff
Don’t overlook the practical details when planning your exciting Cardiff visit.
- Climate: The Cardiff climate is essentially a maritime climate with warm and sunny summers and wet winters. The average summer temperature is between 19°C and 22°C.
- City Transportation: As the city is so compact, it is easiest to explore on foot. Of course there is a bus available to those travellers who prefer wheeled transportation.
- Accommodation: Whether you are looking for a room on a budget, or a luxury boutique, you’ll find it in Cardiff.
- Eating Out: Cardiff is home to traditional Welsh restaurants as well as a massive selection of International eateries. For a unique evening out, book tickets to a traditional Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle.
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