As the much celebrated capital of Wales, Cardiff has grown as a city to become a real hub of social activity. Based in south Wales not too far from the English border on one side and on the other natural parks – Cardiff is a tourists dream as it has so much on offer.
Here are a few examples of what this great Welsh city has to offer its visitors.
Cardiff Bay is a real reflection and celebration of the modern achievements of Cardiff as a city. With restaurants and bars in amongst the now nationally recognised buildings of Welsh Millennium Centre and the Senedd. It has become a well-known hot spot for social activity and visitors given its picturesque setting in Cardiff Bay. Its setting also makes it a perfect place to stay as it is just outside the madness of the city centre but within touching distance. To stay in Cardiff Bay there is no better accommodation than the luxurious St David’s Hotel in Cardiff which has now become widely renowned.
On the flip side of Cardiff Bay, based right in heart of the city centre is Cardiff Castle. As one of the grandest castles in Wales and the whole of the UK, this celebrates the history of Cardiff as a Celtic and Welsh city. The joy of this castle is that it is still very much intact and is a really impressive monument to Welsh history in the middle of the city centre. Open to the public and widely visited, it should definitely be high up on any tourist’s itinerary.
As the Welsh capital, the city is a great centre for sport. Cardiff City, one of Wales’ biggest football clubs are a regular high flyer in England’s second tier. Cardiff has also played host to an Ashes cricket test match between England and Australia. But most of the city’s sporting action takes place at the breath-taking Millennium Stadium. With a capacity of over seventy thousand, the stadium has played host to FA Cup Finals, Rugby League Challenge Cup Finals and Speedway events amongst many more. But the real buzz comes about when the Welsh national rugby team are playing at home. It seems the whole of Wales travels to Cardiff to support their national side whoever the opponent with a ticket to the Millennium Stadium the city’s hottest property.
Cardiff’s modernisation has also led to it becoming a hot spot for shopping. With much of Wales quite sparsely populated, it makes Cardiff a popular hub for shopping for people around the South Wales region. Most of the shopping areas are based around the modern St David’s Shopping Centre in the heart of the city centre which also boasts a newly built John Lewis department store and one of the first UK’s Krispy Kreme stores.
Wales boasts three of the UK’s national parks. Three of these are well within travelling distance of Cardiff and are known as the Brecon Beacons and Pembrokeshire. Also nearby to Cardiff in South Wales are some fantastic such as Barry Island and The Gower, the former offering the typical British seaside day out and the latter a stunning sandy beach rolling for as far as the eye can see.