Information for visitors to Cardiff
Cardiff (Caerdydd in Welsh) is the capital, largest city county of Wales. Cardiff’s unitary population is 324,800 making it the 14th largest city in the UK by population.
Cardiff is a friendly and cosmopolitan city is Wales’ main commercial centre and the base for many national cultural and sporting institutions. It is the home of welsh politics at the National Assembly for Wales which is responsible for law making in 20 different areas including health, education, economic development and transport.
Getting to Cardiff
Cardiff is located in the west of the UK directly in line with London and approximately 2 hours away by train and it has excellent road, rail and air communications. More geographical information can be seen in the map below:
Why should you visit Cardiff? Cardiff is a significant tourism centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 14.6 million visitors in 2009.
Cardiff bay where you’ll find the Senedd (Welsh Assembly building), Cardiff International pool.
Recently Cardiff has attracted visitors because the sci-fi programmes Dr Who and the sitcom Gavin and Stacy which has been filmed in and around the city
The Millennium Stadium is the home to Welsh rugby and hosts a number of big sporting and music events and is regularly visited by global stars and sporting teams.
Cardiff also has a number of high quality museums: St Fagon’s National History Museum and National Museum Cardiff which are all free to enter.
Cardiff has recently been name the 6th best shopping location in the UK and has a good balance between high street shops along with more individual and independent stores a good reason to visit Cardiff and treat yourself.
Queens street and Hayes are the main shopping streets surrounded by enchanting Edwardian and Victorian arcades and ultra-modern shopping centres including the Capital and recently redeveloped St David’s shopping centres.
Some of the shops to note in Cardiff are:
- Howells – now House of Fraser est 1856
- John Lewis – the largest outside London
- Spillers – the oldest record shop in the world
Like most other universities Cardiff students’ social live revolve around the Students’ Union. Wether its to participate in one of the societies, clubs or drinking in the Union. Students in Cardiff particularly go to the union on Fridays and Saturday nights where the cheaper student deals are no longer available in the city centre.
Being a capital city Cardiff has a large choice of different bars and night clubs to suit all tastes. More information on eating out and drinking out can be found can be found in the Student Zone.
In the summer many Cardiff student spend their spare time in one of a number of parks in the city. These are great for sitting under a tree and reading a book (even revising) or for the more active students great for running around or playing football.
- Roath park
- Heath park
- Bute park
If the weather is not so nice for sitting under a tree why not participate in some retail therapy, or enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes, restaurants and bars in the city.
Do forget when your parents or friends come down to visit Cardiff there is a large selection of high quality hotels in the city ranging from large popular chains to smaller independent bed and breakfasts: something to suit all budgets. See Hotels in Cardiff for all the latest deals.
Now you have all the facts there’s not no excuse not to visit Cardiff and don’t forget to visit the Top 10 things to do in Cardiff page
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