Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is located on the south coast where the River Taff joins the Severn Estuary. It is very popular with tourists with close to twenty million visiting each year. If this is your first visit, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour is recommended as it takes in the major sights around the city and Cardiff Bay. With historic buildings, castles and cathedral, museums and galleries, parks and gardens, the city has much to enthrall the visitor.
High on the list of tourist attractions are Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch. The latter is a nineteenth century gothic revival extravagaza to the north of the city. Built as a country retreat for the Marquis of Bute, it has a fairy tale quality. St. Fagan's Open Air Museum has buildings from all over the country, depicting the lives of ordinary people from the early nineteenth century.
Dr. Who enthusiasts can visit the exhibition on the Discovery Quay in Cardiff Bay. It will remain open until 2017 and is certain to delight young and old alike.
Roath Park and Bute Park offer pleasant green spaces where you can enjoy a stroll amid flowers and shrubs, and perhaps take to the water on the boating lake. Take a boat tour from Cardiff Bay and visit Flat Holm Island. Try white water rafting at the International Sports Village; go horse riding in the beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan or hire quad bikes. Whatever your age or interests, you'll find plenty to do during your visit to Cardiff.
Cardiff is well endowed with accommodation options so you are sure to find a place that meets your requirements in terms of comfort and budget. Cardiff similarly provides a wide choice of restaurants serving international cuisine. Whatever you fancy, be it Indian or Chinese, Middle Eastern or North African, Mexican or Thai, Italian or Spanish, American fast food or traditional pub grub, your taste buds will be gratified.
Cardiff nightlife is a lively affair with Cardiff Bay and the city centre as its focal points. There are many bars, pubs, discos and clubs, with several located in Greyfriars Road, Mill Lane and St. Mary's Street. Cardiff also has a number of large venues for concerts such as the Cardiff Arena and the Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff is one of the top ten shopping destinations in the UK. With the modern indoor mall, St. David's and the old arcades such as the Royal and the Castle arcades, there is enormous choice. In addition, you'll find markets including the Central Market off St. Mary's Street and Jacob's Antique Centre in the West Canal Warf.
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