Cardiff is another UK city which has thrown off its industrial image and has reinvented itself as a great city break destination. The city is the capital of Wales and is located in the south of the country.
Air: Cardiff International is 12 miles south of the city. Destinations are limited but you can fly from here to a handful of UK and European Destinations. Other flight options are available to Bristol Airport. The best way to get into the city is by bus.
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Rail: Cardiff Central has rail services to London Paddington with a journey time of around 2 hours. Services also leave Cardiff for Swansea and the west coast making Cardiff a good option as a base when exploring the rest of the country.
What to See and Do
Cardiff's numerous attractions include the following:
Cardiff Castle: This large castle was once the home of the Marquis of Bute and also includes Roman remains and the Welsh Regimental museum. Admission is by a small charge which is due to be abolished at some point in 2007.
Millennium Stadium: One of the largest and most modern stadiums in Europe, the Millennium Stadium has recently been used by the English Football Association as Wembley Stadium was being redeveloped. Tours are available.
The National Assembly for Wales: Devolution is the UK has resulted in the Welsh Assembly. This building was opened by the Queen on St David's Day in 2006. The building is made entirely of Welsh materials and free tours are available.
Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre This attraction is also known as "the Tube" and is home to displays on the development of Cardiff Bay as the world's largest port. Entry is free. Bargain!
Foot: The best way to get around Cardiff is on your own two feet! The city centre is compact and walking around is easy.
Bus: The bus network in Cardiff is extensive and buses leave from Central Square in front of the railway station.
River Bus: River Taff Waterbus runs regularly during the summer tourist season between the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay.