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Cardiff
Description:
Big city, capital of Wales and lots of history.
Region: Wales
Pronounced: karr-dif
Time to spend here: 4 hours - 1 day
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Cardiff, Wales
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Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, and in recent years has developed itself into a truly modern and cosmopolitan place, offering the best in culture, history and sporting entertainment as well as plenty of fine dining and great nightlife.

There are stunning new buildings such as the Millennium Centre – a fantastic arts and cultural venue – the slate and glass Welsh Parliament Building and the Millennium Stadium with its impressive sliding roof.  Despite its modern look, the city is not afraid to remember its past and the National Museum – one of the best in Europe – and Cardiff’s centrally located Castle do this well.

Local Activities
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium
Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
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CardiffCardiff’s Millennium Stadium, home to the Welsh national rugby team, is open for tours. Better still is the awe-inspiring experience of catching a match as Wales’ rugby heroes do battle on the field.
Millenium Centre
Welsh Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
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CardiffThe Wales Millennium Centre is one of the most original and lively performing arts centres in Europe. The Welsh National Opera perform regularly here.
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle, Castle
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CardiffCardiff Castle has 2000 years of history.  You can take guided tours of spectacular Victorian gothic apartments designed by William Burges or climb to the top of the 12th Century Norman Keep.
National History Museum
National History Museum, Cardiff, Wales
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CardiffThe National History Museum on the edge of the city is a 100 acre park filled with restored and authentically furnished buildings from all over Wales, helping to illustrate the country’s heritage.
Cardiff Sightseeing Bus
Sightseeing Bus, Cardiff
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CardiffCardiff operates a sightseeing bus which you can take with a full day 'hop on hop off' pass. It visits all of the major sights in Cardiff as well as providing a guided commentary.
National Museum and Art Gallery
national Museum and Gallery, Cardiff
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CardiffThe National Museum and Art Gallery contains a wonderful collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art – the largest outside Paris. The natural history section contains a geological history.
What can I see in the area?
Caerphilly Castle
Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff
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CardiffCaerphilly Castle is a beautiful medieval fortress, 7 miles north of Cardiff.  It is the largest castle in Britain after Windsor, and its 3 moats and 6 portcullises make it one of the finest in Europe.
Castell Coch
Castell Coch, Cardiff
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CardiffCastell Coch, set amidst a heavily wooded hillside (5 miles north-west of Cardiff), has a real fairytale feel about it. Complete with turrets, tall conical towers and a drawbridge, the castle seems to have more in common with a Bavarian palace.
Welsh Valleys
Welsh Valley's (North Cardiff), Wales
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CardiffThe Welsh Valleys north of Cardiff, are famous for their pioneering role in the industrial revolution. A unique blend of industrial heritage and stunning scenery is on offer today, with a male voice choir thrown in for good measure. Attractions include...
...The National Mining Museum of Wales, which includes a world famous underground tour where you can find out what life was like as a miner.
...The Rhondda Heritage Park at Trehafod.
Barry
Barry, South Wales
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CardiffDown the coast from Cardiff, the town of Barry was once one of the great British seaside resorts, and has been put back on the map due to the recent success of the popular BBC TV comedy series ‘Gavin & Stacey’ filmed in and around the town.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
CADW Pass
Cadw Welsh Heritage Pass
CADW Welsh Heritage pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Swansea, Brecon Beacons National Park
Transport options in this area: A Sightseeing Bus operates in the area which is a great way to explore.
Did you know:

Cardiff is one of the flattest cities in Britain and has more hours of sunlight than Milan!
From the region:
Sir Tom Jones (singer)
Charlotte Church (singer)
Tommy Cooper (comedian)
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