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Cardiff Facts

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Combining history with modernity, Cardiff has become one of the UK's top tourist destinations, so now is the time to visit and discover the capital of Wales:

• The Romans settled in Cardiff in 55AD and built a military fort on the site of Cardiff Castle.

• Cardiff became a city in 1905 and was crowned the capital of Wales in 1955.

• Today, Cardiff has a population of 346,000 and attracts more than 18.9 million visitors a year (2012)

• Cardiff is one of the flattest cities in Britain.

• Cardiff is a city of parks and has more green space per person than any other UK core city.

• The world’s first £1million cheque was signed in Cardiff’s coal exchange.

• Cardiff hosted the very first game of the London 2012 Olympics, two days before the opening ceremony.

• In 2011, TripAdvisor named Cardiff one of Britain’s best value cities for tourists.

• The new 870 mile Wales Coastal path provided a walking route around the whole of Wales and was voted the greatest region on Earth to visit for 2012, by Lonely Planet.

• The Wales Millennium Centre was voted the UK’s top Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction of the Year at the annual Coach Tourism Awards in 2012.

• Cardiff is home to the world’s oldest record store – Spillers, which opened in 1894.

• Over 100 years ago, Captain Scott left Cardiff for ill-fated journey to the South Pole.

• Cardiff was designated as the world's first Fair Trade Capital - encouraging ethical trading and fair prices for producers in third world countries.

• Cardiff’s National Museum is home to the bi-annual Artes Mundi Prize which is the UK’s largest cash art prize.

• Llandaff Cathedral stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and dates back to 1107.

• In 2011 Which? Travel magazine readers named St Fagans National History Museum as their favourite attraction in the UK.

• National Geographic magazine chose Cardiff as one of the 10 best places in the world to visit in 2011.

• Cardiff was the first city in Wales to be awarded the status of coach friendly by the Confederation of Passenger Transport.

• In the last 3 years, four of Cardiff’s iconic buildings have won prestigious RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards – Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff Met University’s School of Management, Chapter Arts Centre & Cardiff Central Library.

• The Independent Newspaper listed the Great British Cheese Festival, held bi-annually in Cardiff Castle second in its list of top 10 Food Festivals in the UK.

• Cardiff is the 2014 European Capital of Sport.

• The National Museum in Cardiff is home to one of the best Impressionist art collections outside Paris, boasting works by Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Cézanne.

• Cardiff commuters were named as the happiest rail commuters in an index published by Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) in 2012.

• Cardiff has been named the 6th best shopping destination in the UK.

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