Cardiff Information Guide

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.

Cardiff at Christmas

Visitors will be tempted by a diverse range of high quality products such as enamel and pewter work, heritage images of Wales and Welsh slate products, carved Welsh love-spoons, metalwork, photography, hand built and thrown pottery, silver and precious stone jewellery, quality yarns with accessories, traditional wooden items and toys, art works and cards for all occasions, specialist knotting, leatherwork, glasswork, and needlework together with many original decorative items for the house and garden – to name but a few! With a rolling programme of over 80 individual business taking part with us this year you will be sure to find that perfect present even for someone who has everthing!

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