Cardiff is Wales’ largest city and of course, its capital. Cardiff was originally a small market town but enjoyed quite a meteoric rise as the world’s largest coal export to grow first into city, becoming the largest city in Wales and then being proclaimed the capital of Wales.
The city has been undergoing a bit of a rejuvenation project since the 1990’s, especially the dock area, once known as Tiger Bay, now as Cardiff Bay. The project at Cardiff Bay has been one of the largest waterfront developments in Europe.
Today Cardiff Bay is home to so much from business to leisure to residential. The Bay is home to a number of great attractions such as Mermaid Quay where boat tours operate from, the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, The Welsh Assembly, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, the Wales Millennium Centre and more.
If you want to learn more about Cardiff itself or just enjoy art, why not check out some of Cardiff’s great museums. St Fagans National History Museum is a collection of buildings from various periods in Welsh history, perfectly restored within the grounds of St Fagans Castle. The National Museum and Art Gallery has many exhibits on show, from archaeology, natural history, geology and the art world. The Cardiff Story is another great place to learn about the city. Found in the heart of the city, in the Old Library building, the museum tells you everything you need to know about Cardiff from its days as a small market town to today as a vibrant capital city.
Cardiff is also known for its great sporting heritage. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is home to both the national rugby and football teams. The city also has an internationally renowned cricket ground, The SWALEC Stadium. The city’s professional football team play in the npower Championship at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Cardiff Blues rugby union team play games at their historic home at Cardiff Arms. The city is also home to Wales’ only Olympic size swimming facilities and rafting and canoeing course.
Cardiff has so much to offer, from its heritage to modern day attractions, so much so that you’ll need to stay for a weekend or more to fit everything all in. Luckily enough, there are plenty of Cardiff hotels to choose from, from city centre hotels to hotels in the outskirts away from the hustle and bustle of city life.