Cardiff in 100 words
As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is a fabulous destination for a group visit. With over 20 million visitors per year, Cardiff offers a huge range of unique attractions, activities, diverse entertainment, a wide range of accommodation and quality shopping with a difference all year round.
Highlights of a visit include the iconic Wales Millennium Centre situated on Cardiff Bay’s waterfront and the world-famous Principality Stadium, both of which offer guided tours and group rates. Cardiff Castle offers guided tours of the Victorian apartments as well as the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Welsh banquet within the medieval Undercroft.
Cardiff in 250 Words
Forty-eight hours in a city normally means whistle-stop tours, rushed meals and a pocket full of expensive bus and train tickets. Thankfully, things are different in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The city is so compact that nothing is more than 15 minutes away, which means visitors can spend a more leisurely time exploring the city.
Within the one square mile of Cardiff’s bustling city centre are the big three attractions: the Millennium Stadium, the Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Castle. These attractions sit alongside luxury hotels, a network of shopping malls and arcades, and a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes.
The Principality Stadium, built in 1999, helped place Cardiff firmly on the world sporting map and has played host to the Rugby World Cup, artists such as Madonna, Take That, Oasis and the FA Cup Final.
Cardiff Castle is just around the corner from the stadium, but has been there for around 2000 years longer. A fort was first built in Cardiff by the Romans in AD55 and further fortifications were added by the Normans in the 11th Century. Then, in the late 19th Century, the 3rd Marquess of Bute transformed the castle interiors into a Gothic, mock-Medieval palace.
The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay was inspired by the Welsh landscape, language and culture; much of it was built with Welsh materials and it provides a suitably impressive stage for Welsh opera singers such as Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins, as well as a wide variety of international musicals, ballet, theatre and modern dance.