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Cardiff City

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The city of Cardiff is home to an enormous amount of urban regeneration and restoration and has recently become one of the most fashionable cities in the UK. With chic and modern shopping centres, historic Victorian shopping arcades, an impressive selection of hotels, world-class restaurants and a trendy waterfront area, it is easy to see why Cardiff is such a popular city.

The city of Cardiff is a popular destination to visit at any time of year with a year-long calendar of exciting, major sporting, musical and cultural events and festivals attracting more than half a million people each year.

With direct flights to Cardiff International Airport from many different destinations in Europe, Cardiff is particularly busy during the summer months. Many people travel to Cardiff during the winter months, to enjoy the Christmas festivities and to do their Christmas shopping in Cardiff’s numerous shopping centres. The main railway station for Cardiff is Cardiff Central on the South Wales main line.

HISTORY & CULTURE
The history of Cardiff reaches back to the time of the Romans, who built a fort alongside the river Taff, but Cardiff's real story begins with its phenomenal growth as a sea-port in the 19th century. The coal barons in valleys such as the Rhondda needed an outlet for their exports, and Cardiff provided it. At the height of the coal boom, trains loaded with 'black diamonds' stretched for miles along the railways leading into the port, and dozens of ships rode at anchor waiting their turn to enter.

This trade declined rapidly after World War 1, as markets lost during hostilities were never regained and oil replaced coal as the principal maritime fuel. In recent years dock after dock has closed, but now the entire waterfront area has been imaginatively restructured.

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Tourist Information Centre

Address

Cardiff,
CF10 5AL

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Map reference: ST 180760  Lat: 51.47699 Long: -3.18211

M4

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Cardiff Central station