Cardiff is a port city located on the South Wales coast.
In the 19th century, the industrial revolution turned a relatively small town into one of the world’s busiest ports, exporting Welsh coal across the globe. City status was granted in 1905 and Cardiff was made the official capital of Wales in 1955.
Cardiff today, with a population of just over 360,000, is the nation’s largest metropolis and the fastest growing urban area in the UK outside of London. Over the past 25 years the city has undergone a major transformation.
In the late 1990s, a multimillion-pound regeneration project revitalised the former docklands into a stunning waterfront. The area, known as Cardiff Bay, has a variety of modern restaurants and bars and houses some of Cardiff’s most culturally significant and beautiful buildings, including Wales Millennium Centre and the Senedd (the headquarters of the Welsh Assembly Government).
Visitors exploring the bustling city centre can enjoy unique attractions, quirky shopping arcades and a growing café culture, all against the backdrop of two iconic and contrasting venues - Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium.
Did you know that…
Roald Dahl grew up in Cardiff and was baptised in the Norwegian Church in Cardiff Bay
The world’s first £1million cheque was signed in Cardiff’s coal exchange
Cardiff has more green space per person than any other UK core city. You can walk to the Cardiff Wales Stadium through one of the largest parks - Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle.
The Millennium Stadium has the largest retractable roof of any sports arena in Europe
Wales has its own language? Why not try? Croeso, pronounced Kroyso, means welcome!
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