Cardiff Travel Guide
Introduction to Cardiff
Cardiff is the largest city in Wales and home to over 850,000 people, if you include the wider urban areas. The nation’s capital hosts professional sport of the highest level with the country’s rugby and city football squads both enjoying success over the years. Locals walk the city with a spring in their step and a strong sense of pride lingers in the air. A man by the name of John Patrick Crichton-Stuart is a well-known historic character in the city and was responsible for the architectural brilliance of the Cardiff Castle. The richest man in the world during the 1800s also designed the famous clock tower and decorated the inside to give it a true medieval theme.
Cardiff is a beautiful city that harbours its own recently regenerated bay where the River Taff finishes its journey. Credited as the most successful regeneration project in the UK, visitors will not be disappointed with a trip down to the rejuvenated waterfront. Art houses, such as the Senedd, display world-class exhibitions, music floats out from the Welsh Assembly and an Olympic sports village welcomes visitors after hosting part of the Games in 2012. A popular spot to escape is tranquil Bute Park, which is no more than 5 minutes from the centre of Cardiff and a perfect place to set up a picnic and enjoy the fresh air.
For local retail therapy, Cardiff’s St David’s Centre is a top-notch local shopping venue and the recipient of a £675 million refurbishment in 2009. The centre was thrust into the limelight when it was named as the international shopping centre of the year by Global Retail Leisure International not too long ago, beating contenders in Portugal and Singapore.
Cardiff is also a TV production hotspot with many world-famous shows filmed within the city boundaries. Gavin & Stacey, Doctor Who and other well-known programs are all filmed here, so keep your eyes peeled as you may recognise the local sights from TV or even become an extra yourself!