Cardiff – the city with the largest concentration of castles in the world
Situated in South Wales, Cardiff is the capital and the largest city of Wales. It is also the headquarters for many political, cultural, sporting and commercial institutions of the country. Moreover, it claims to be the city with the largest concentration of castles in the world.
Born as a Roman settlement and conquered later by the Normans, it became in the 19th century the biggest coal exporting port in the world. After a period of decline in the 70s and 80s, its docks and city centre have been regenerated, making it the modern city that it is today.
Cardiff has many attractions to offer, from historic houses and castles to natural parcs and sport. The main points of interest are: the Cardiff Castle situated in the city centre, the Millennium Stadium, St David's Hall, the national concert hall and conference centre of Wales, Llandaff Cathedral, Pierhead Building, Bute Park, one of the UK's largest and most beautiful parks, the Senedd, home of the National Assembly of Wales, St Fagans National History Museum, one of Europe's foremost open-air museums, and Wales Millennium Centre, a remarkable performing arts centre. If you are visiting with your family, you can also join the Doctor who conducts experiments in the Gallifrey Museum: you will be part of your own mini episode of Doctor Who, helping him to defeat a new foe.
Recently named the 6th best shopping destination in the UK, Cardiff offers a wide shopping portfolio. The main shopping area is the city centre, in particular Queen Street, with its arcades full of small stores and stalls selling a great variety of products. Moreover, the recently opened St David's shopping centre is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK.
If you need to go shopping (i.e. clothes, shoes etc.), the department store situated in Plaça Catalunya is perfect for you.
In Cardiff you can never get bored thanks to the wide choice of restaurants, cafés and pubs that will guarantee you a great night out!
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Climate in Cardiff is characterized by warm and sunny summers and mild and wet winters.
It is very easy to go to Cardiff thanks to its road, rail and air network.
You can explore the city centre by feet as many attractions are within a few minutes from each other and many areas are pedestrian. Nevertheless you’ll need to catch a bus or a train in order to reach the more distant areas of the city. You can also enjoy a tour on an open-top sightseeing bus, rent a bike or even get across the town by boat to see the main attractions