Whether you’re seeking the charms of quaintness, or the hustle-bustle of a progressed metropolitan city, Cardiff is probably the best buy can look forward to. The capital city of Wales is the largest commercial center and the most popular destination for tourists. Geographically, Cardiff occupies the southern part of Wales, having a central plain stretch and surrounded by hills along its northern, eastern and western borders.
When viewed from the eyes of a tourist, life in Cardiff seems to tread at its own merry pace. A place like Cardiff can be depicted as the perfect blend of developments and advancements one would expect in the capital city, and the adornment of subtlety and pleasantness for offering peace to its tourists. Breathtaking landscapes spread across this city, and the exquisite mix of culture ad traditions marks its beautiful diversity.
Cardiff is primarily famous for the world renowned Cardiff University, established in 1883 as the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. The majority of its population is dominated by students, both local and international, coming from all over the globe. This rich heterogeneity, along with its world class institutionalized educational standards, gives Cardiff the best rankings in terms of lifestyle, diverseness and scenic experience.
Amongst the places to visit in the city, Cardiff Bay offers a mesmerizing view of the large water body, supplied by Rivers Taff and Ely, while sitting on the edge of the dock. The large stretch of land bounding this area is highlighted with cuisines indigenous to all parts of the world, purposed to feed the taste-buds with a tantalizing aroma of delectable satiation. Be it the Turkish indulgence at Bosphorus Turkish, a meld of Spanish, Italian and Welsh flavours at Demiros, pampering oneself with the cuisines from all over India at The Spice Merchant, and the French delicacies from croques and baguettes at Café Rouge.
The City Center at Queenstreet houses a range of stores that couldn’t be any less of a nirvana for all the shopaholics. From high class designer stores like Marks & Spencer’s and Debenhams, to a awe-inspiring collection of boots at Foot Locker and Shoe Zone, to purchasing commodities for everyday errands at Poundland, there is a lot beyond the usual chopping experience that the City Center can offer. It incorporates fast food chains of McDonalds and Subway, fine dining at Pillars and a relaxing environment amidst a fresh aroma of coffee beans at Starbucks. Boots, the largest departmental store, has products ranging from pharmacy to healthcare and cosmetics.
One of the newest developments in the City Center is the St. David’s Devi Sant, and houses stores like H&M’s and Debenhams, with collections belonging to popular designers. The Queen’s Arcade, another magnificently structured shopping paradise, is home to stores like Argos and Rymans.
Much more than loads of shopping bags and dining, Cardiff also exhibits is amazing involvement in the field of music and arts. Cardiff Castle, built in the medieval times, is a Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion. Over the years, Cardiff Castle has proudly boasted its involvement in hosting a number of concerts, including Stereophonics in 1998 and Green Day in 2002. Being a huge museum, it has gone through several restructurings and modifications in the early times. It has travelled through time from being a Roman architectural fort, through the Norman time and finally, expanded to give it a Victorian face in the 19th century. It is located along the mammoth and lush grounds of Bute Park.
Cardiff Millenium Stadium is the home to the Wales National union rugby team and the Wales National Football team. the stunningl stadium incorporates a capacity of 74,5000 spectators, which can also be expanded for major sporting events, as has been in the past during New Zealand’s Test rugby match against the Wales. The ground is a natural turf, with added features of irrigation and drainage to provide excellent playing comfort to the players.
Cardiff is located around 132 miles, or 212 kilometers, from the city of London. There is a perfectly neat connection of roadways and railways, and gives the tourist complete easiness flexibility to reach Cardiff via London. There are trains, coaches and cabs available at very affordable prices. Alternatively, the Cardiff International Airport serves the purpose of an easy access to reach Cardiff directly.
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