Cardiff-Capital of Wales Travel Guide
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales
in the United Kingdom . The population of Cardiff is
a little over 300000 and the currency in use is the pound
As a city, Cardiff really began with
the Roman invasion in AD43. Indeed the city's name
derives from the Roman general Aulus Didius; Caer Didi' means Fort
of Didius' and in time became Cardiff . In the eleventh
century, the Normans marched on the city, and by Elizabethan
times, Cardiff was a lawless town peopled by pirates
and gangsters. By the beginning of the seventeenth
century, the population had dwindled to a handful and
the future of the city was bleak. However, the Industrial
Revolution reinvigorated the city of Cardiff , and
by start of the twentieth century, the city was thriving
with the export of coal the main industry.
Modern day Cardiff is a buzzing city with
plenty to interest the visitor whether it be sightseeing,
shopping or socializing. Like the rest of the British Isles
, the weather is not always the best, but in general the
climate is temperate and not something that would prevent
the visitor having a happy stay in the city.
The National Museum & Gallery,
Cardiff is proud to house the best collection of Impressionist
works outside of Paris , as well as a whole host of fascinating
exhibits and is well worth a visit.
Cardiff Bay has recently undergone a
makeover, and is now a hub of social activity with a range
of attractions and leisure facilities along the waterfront.
The Spirit of Cardiff visitor centre is situated at this
location in a most unique building known locally as The
Tube'. It is worth a visit to Cardiff Bay just to see this
structure in itself!
Shopping in Cardiff is an enjoyable experience, and a bit
different with the combination of the usual high-street stores
and also the many little arcades where an unusual bargain
can often be picked up.
For a relatively small city, Cardiff
is not short of bars and restaurants with 350 places to
drink and over 250 eateries within the metropolitan area.
A wide variety of ethnic cuisine is on offer in the city
from Italian to Indian to Greek, but many visitors wish
to sample the local dishes and the best way to find a restaurant
specializing in Welsh food is to keep an eye out for the hungry
dragon' sign which indicates that it is served.
The nightlife is good in Cardiff with everything from opera
to pop usually going on a one of the many entertainment venues
in the city. The Wales Millennium Centre is home to many
of the international acts who stop off in the Welsh capital
when they are on tour.
Whether its cultural heritage sites, family attractions
or the dancefloor, Cardiff has something for everyone and
is a great place to visit.