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Welcome to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales! Cardiff is situated on the south coast of Wales and is just a short distance from England. The city has a population of almost 350,000, making it the largest city in Wales. Historically Cardiff's port made it a hugely influencial city in the 19th century, especially in the transportation of coal. Today, the city is the home of the national rugby team, the National Assembly of Wales and is the hometown of the childrens writer Roald Dahl!
GETTING TO CARDIFF
Cardiff Airport (CWL) is situated 12 miles west of the city centre and there are daily domestic, European and some international flights. There are regular bus and train services from the airport into the city centre, or you can call one of the local taxi companies. If you are travelling by bus or train, Cardiff Central Bus Station and Cardiff Central railway station are located in the city centre. (TIP: Another option is to fly to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and connect with Cardiff by bus or train.)
GETTING AROUND CARDIFF
Public transport in Cardiff is very good. Most of the city centre and surrounding area is serviced by an extensive bus service. There is also a bus service if you would like to connect between the city centre and Cardiff Bay. Public transport options are inexpensive, however, most of Cardiff city centre is pedestrianised allowing many students to walk or cycle.
EATING OUT IN CARDIFF
Restaurants in Cardiff coming soon.
GOING OUT IN CARDIFF
Socialising in Cardiff coming soon.
THINGS TO DO IN CARDIFF
Cardiff has plenty to keep you busy. Spend a few hours in the Cardiff Castle or the National Museum Wales, visit the Techniquest science centre or enjoy a concert or a show at the Wales Millenium Centre. If you are a sports fan there is 'Premier League football' at the Cardiff City Stadium, and 'Rabo 12 rugby' at Headingley. For the more energetic, enjoy a run or a cycle in one of the city's many parks, or along the Cardiff Bay. During the 6 Nations or 'Autumn Internationals', we highly recommend watching a rugby match at the impressive Millenium Stadium!
SHOPPING IN CARDIFF
Cardiff is regarded as one of the best shopping destinations in the UK. Most of the city centre shopping is also pedestranised meaning that everything is within a managable stroll. If you are looking for big brands, try Queens Street or one of the several shopping malls including the St David's Shopping Centre and the Capital Shopping Centre. For a more intimate shopping experience try one of Cardiff's six Victorian Aracdes. The Arcades offer more independent and versatile stalls and shops. Cardiff is also home to a number markets, including the Cardiff Market, which features a number of traders under one roof. We recommend the annual Cardiff Christmas.
STUDYING IN CARDIFF
Cardiff is home to four universities and colleges. These include Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. For more info. on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website.
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