About the city
Cardiff , Capital city of Wales, is not just a lively and elegant metropolitan city, but also a purely amusing experience of touring. This vibrant city has taste for something special for everyone whether you are a tourist or resident of this cosmopolitan destination. Though, Cardiff is refereed as Europe’s youngest Capital, its history is 2000 years old. In the year 1905, Cardiff was established as a city and in 1955; it became a Capital city of Wales. On completion of 50 years in 2005, huge celebrations are being planned.
Cardiff houses are some of the world’s outstanding buildings, like Llandaff Cathedral, the ornate Victorian Coal Exchange, newly developed Wales Millennium Center and many more. It also has extensive parklands with much greater area than per head of population, which is more than any other city in Britain to provide more space to residents indulging in sports and leisure.
City of Cardiff provides various locations to study well for students who get bright futures from this small and highly friendly and progressive city. With a population of 327,500 in different colors and shades, Cardiff has much to offer and give to whoever visits this city.
Visiting Cardiff for first time or another time, this place truly fascinates everyone. Shoppers love Cardiff’s city center with many shopping plazas that offer huge numbers of shops like Indoor Market, Castle Arcade with three floors of shops and Royal Arcade etc. The oldest shopping mall in the city that dates back to 1856 offers everything from antiques to clothes.
If shopping is not your forte, then art and wonderful music could be enjoyed at places like La Mostra Gallery that showcases Italian and International painting, sculptures and arts object or Welsh National Opera, one of the best opera performed by world famous Welsh Opera Company. Cardiff’s parks like Bute Park and Rhondda Heritage Park have marvelous floral beauty and elegant landscapes.
Enjoy the night life by visiting clubs and bars, located all over Cardiff like Clwb Ifor Bach, which is in Welsh style and have three floors of live music; Sketch Bar a famous new bar in a complex with restaurant, a tea room and art gallery; Flyhalf and Firkin a rowdy bar, Mulligans an Irish pub and Golden Cross a gay bar.
Situated in South Wales, Cardiff is well connected with other neighboring destinations that are as exotic and wonderful as Cardiff. Located in North Wales is Gwynedd that offers various exclusively beautiful spots really worth visiting. Caernarfon Castle is the Wales’ most famous and attractive castle built in late 1284. Its historic architecture is really a great treat for the eyes. Also, in North Wales is Mount Snowdown, the highest mountain in Wales and even higher than any mountain in whole England with a height of 3,560 feet.
Located within South Wales and very close to Cardiff is the beautiful city of Swansea. Dylan Thomas Center located here is a museum that stores the works of one of the most distinguish Welsh Poet, Thomas Dylan. It provides a taste of adventure and sports in Clyne Farm Center that offers leisure activities like windsurfing, abseiling, horse riding, trekking, canoeing and Challenge Valley which is the muddiest course in the world.
Cardiff is an easily accessible city whether through air, road or rail. Reaching Cardiff from anywhere around the globe is easy via air. Tickets could be easily booked over the internet or by travel agent. Some airlines that fly from India to Cardiff includes KLM that flies via Amsterdam or even via Munich or Frankfurt in co-sharing with Lufthansa, North West Airways flies to Cardiff via Amsterdam. Flight times may vary between 12hours to 20 hours.
Traveling in and around Cardiff is also highly convenient as the city is served by M4 motorway that provides fast links to rest of the UK. Cardiff is well connected with Heathrow and Gatwick airports and has an hourly high-speed train service which reaches London within two hours.
Cardiff offers various options of accommodation starting from conventional Hotel and Resorts to Residences or executive apartments. Any of lodging option could be selected according to their location as hotels in city center, suburbs or within city; also on the basis of class as deluxe class, superior class, first class or tourist class; and choice could also be by star- two to five star hotels. This choice would also reflect variety of prices to choose from. Though generally, condos or apartments in Cardiff are even better priced than Hotels.
Hotel Rates and Charges:
Decision regarding accommodation could be made well in advance and could even be booked over the internet. This also gives advantage of getting much variety to choose from, to know the features of the hotel and also to get good deals on them. In Cardiff, a three star accommodation could be arranged at a cost range of £35 to £80, whereas a four start hotel stay would come in the price range of £45 to £150 and for a luxurious stay at top class five star hotel, price range would start from £200 and can go up to £1200.
Hotels and other lodging option provide perfect locations to stay with commutable distances from all attraction in the city. Other than providing perfect location, there are certain basic services and amenities provided by many hotels in Cardiff like air conditioned rooms with spectacular views, working desk with leather armchairs, TV with DVD player, Iron and ironing board, fast internet connection, tea and coffee maker, stylish and spacious bathrooms with hair dryer.
Also, there are certain hotel provides royal facilities like sophisticated surroundings and high level of service, health club and spa to enjoy and relax in, gym with advanced fitness equipments, swimming pool, laundry service, gardens and surrounding to take a stroll in evenings. Array of fine restaurants and bars, gifts shops and other retail outlets, business center with conference call options and some of the hotels in Cardiff also offer free sightseeing and complementary breakfasts.
Amusing and amazing Facts about the city:
Cardiff International is the only airport in the South West to offer Trans-Atlantic routes, with flights to Orlando, Florida and Toronto, Canada operating throughout the summer season. Because of its elevation of 220 feet, Cardiff International Airport has the second best weather record in the UK (after Glasgow Prestwick Airport), so visitors can rely on the services of to and from the airport.
Cardiff along with many attractions and being UK’s most popular sports hosting city, is also one of the UK’s most enduring tourist destinations.