granted city status in 1905 by Edward V11
and in 1955 Parliament recognized Cardiff
as the Capital of Wales.
In the early 1800’s Cardiff had a population of around 1000 people, today
that figure has increased to about 320,000.
Cardiff is easily accessible with excellent transport links. Rail connections
from Cardiff Central Station to London with trains running every two hours,
Cardiff International Airport is situated 12 miles southeast of the city and
the M4 motorway lies approximately 4 miles north of Cardiff.
Cardiff is an ideal base to explore the coastline, culture and Welsh heritage.
There has been a castle in Cardiff for nearly 2000 years. Visitors can take
a guided tour or wander around the castle grounds and gardens. Take time to
climb the steps of the Norman keep and look at the wonderful views of Cardiff.
The city centre has a wide variety of pubs, clubs, fine restaurants for every
nationality, theatres and other attractions.
On the outskirts of Cardiff is Llandaff Catherdral dating back to 1107 and
one of the oldest religious sites in the UK.
Slightly further west, visit St Fagans National History Museum. One of Europe’s
biggest open air museums has over 40 original buildings which have been re-erected
showing how the Welsh have lived during the last 500 years.
Cardiff has one of the best shopping centres in the UK and one of its best
features are the Victorian and Edwardian covered arcades with their individual
and specialist shops.
In 2010 Wales will host the Ryder Cup tournament with the matches being played
at the Celtic Manor Resort only 20 minutes from Cardiff city centre.
For those who would prefer to play golf rather than watch there are a dozen
golf courses within 20 minutes of the city centre.