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Cardiff


Cardiff is a city on the coast of South Wales in the UK, and is the capital of Wales, having been declared as such by the Minister for Welsh Affairs, Gwilym Lloyd-George, in a parliamentary answer in 1955. The current population of Cardiff is believed to be around 340,000.


Key Facts about Cardiff


Cardiff Castle:
Cardiff Castle
Here are some facts about Cardiff:
  1. Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales.

  2. Cardiff has been the capital of Wales since 1955, when it was proclaimed as such.

  3. Cardiff is the 10th most populous city in the United Kingdom.

  4. Cardiff is home to the National Assembly for Wales, the country's devolved legislature.

  5. The city is located in South Wales, in the county of South Glamorgan.

  6. The city has a coastline on its southern side, facing the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel.

  7. The River Taff flows through the center of Cardiff.

  8. Cardiff is a major commercial, sporting, and cultural center.

  9. Cardiff is also the most popular tourist destination in Wales. 18 million, or more, tourists have visited the city annually in recent years.

  10. Cardiff is a major transport hub, with road, rail, and air links.

    • Cardiff lies close to the M4 motorway. This connects the city to Newport and Swansea to the West, and to London and other parts of the UK, to the East.

    • Cardiff Central railway station is the largest railway station in Wales, and one of the busiest in the UK. Trains go from there to other destinations in the Wales, and to major cities throughout the UK.

    • Cardiff Queen Street railway station is the second busiest railway station in Wales. It provides services to South Wales, and to the suburbs of Cardiff.

    • Cardiff is home to the only international airport in Wales, Cardiff Airport. The airport is located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the West of the city.


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Lonely Planet Wales (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Etain O'Carroll

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Lonely Planet Wales (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Wales is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Uncover history in medieval castles, eat at the country's best gastro-pubs, or hike the Wales Coast Path; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Wales and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Wales Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, literature, music, architecture and landscapes
  • Over fifty maps
  • Useful features - including Walking Tours, Outdoor Activities, and Month by Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Cardiff, the Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Wales, our most comprehensive guide to Wales, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Great Britain guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Peter Dragicevich, Helena Smith and Etain O'Carroll.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Cardiff & the Vale in the First World War

By Phil Carradice

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Cardiff & the Vale in the First World War
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When war broke out against Germany in 1914, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan was one of the most diverse and eclectic areas of W ales. Within this 40- or 50-mile stretch of the coast sat three of the most important coal exporting docks in the world - Cardiff itself, Penarth and Barry. Yet the area remained predominantly rural with farming being the main industry. Tourism was also important, in the shape of Barry Island and Penarth Pier. How these scattered and, to some extent, isolated communities responded to the war, to the call to arms, is a fascinating social study. The Cardiff Pals was formed, the docks continued to run - and even Penarth Pier found itself caught up in the excitement of the moment, being requisitioned by the Army for the duration of the war. Men from all over the Vale joined up, others stayed at home working on the farms and smallholdings. When they returned they came back with new experiences under their belts and the area was changed forever. This book draws on academic research, on first-hand accounts of life during the period, and on the articles and letters published in the plethora of local papers at the time. It gives a different slant on the Great War and the way it was perceived in Wales where, even then, the first hints of nationalism were beginning to take root.

A Pocket Guide: Cardiff

By John Davies

University of Wales Press
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A Pocket Guide: Cardiff
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This guide to Cardiff explains the history and present aspects of the city. It begins with an overview of Cardiff as seen from Caerphilly Mountain. Starting with the heart of the city at the castle and the Roman occupation, the guide then moves on to the medieval fortifications and then to the extravagance of Bute and Burgess. The authors shows how the layout of the town in medieval times has given rise to modern Cardiff.

Bath & Cardiff Travel Guide: Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay

By Benjamin Craig

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Bath & Cardiff Travel Guide: Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay
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Bath is a famous Roman/Georgian spa city that is located 95 miles west of London and 20 miles southeast of Bristol. The city is located in the lovely Somerset countryside to the south of the Cotswolds. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its ancient hot springs, Roman baths, impressive architecture and medieval heritage. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the city has changed for the better in recent times making it one of the best shopping destinations in Great Britain. Cardiff is a vibrant, attractive city of interest to tourists who are interested in Welsh culture and history. During the summertime the city hosts some fun outdoor festivals and makes the most of the better weather with an al-fresco dining and bar scene.


 
 
 

 
 
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