Cardiff Information Directory
The Cardiff Information Directory includes information on Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Cardiff, Wales.
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom having been confirmed as the capital in 1955. The city has many famous buildings from the city hall, the law courts, the Welsh National War Memorial to the National Museum of Art. Aside from Paris, the National Museum of Art has one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings, and is a very popular tourist attraction.
Of course the most remarkable attraction to Cardiff is the Cardiff Castle. With a history spanning over 2000 years and dominating the city’s centre, the castle is a definite must-see when in Wales. The spectacular interior can be viewed with guided tours and information sessions.
Cardiff increased and renovated its sport and event facilities to play host during the 2012 Olympic football games. With its world-class stadiums for rugby, football, cricket and athletics, along with an International Sports Village which offers an Olympic size swimming pool, an ice rink and the Cardiff International White Water Centre – this city is any sport-fanatic’s dream.
The city’s night life and entertainment scene features everything from opera, ballet, musicals to theatres and night clubs – catering to very visitors tastes.
Located just outside Cardiff is the St Fagans National History Museum which is one of the world’s best open-air museums. Holding approximately 40 original buildings which have been transported from all over Wales, the museum gives tourists an insight into Welsh history.
Cardiff’s transport links are very impressive, with the Central railway station being the largest railway station in Wales with its seven platforms. It provides direct services to most of the major country centres including London, Manchester and Birmingham.
Cardiff is not all buildings and city life, there is also the tranquil Bute Park situated in the centre of the city, which offers beautiful grounds and scenery, giving one the impression of wide open space and nature.
Having started out as an industrial area, Cardiff today is a major tourist hub with visitors flocking from all over to delight in everything that this area has to offer. Cardiff is fast becoming one of the United Kingdom’s top tourism spots.
Things to do and see in Cardiff
There are many attractions in and around Cardiff to keep all ages of tourists entertained :-
- National Museum Cardiff
- Wales Millennium Centre
- Chapter Arts Centre
- The Taff Trail
- Farmers Market
- The Millennium Stadium
- Cardiff International White Water
- Cardiff has 'walks of interest' for tourists e.g. Centenary Walk
- Rhondda Heritage Park - former coal mine recreated underground life
- Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans - living village representing Wales through the ages
- Techniquest - Science Centre
- Maritime Museum
- Roath Park and Lake - offers a variety of wildlife
- Cardiff Castle
- Cardiff Castle's Clocktower
- Doctor Who experience - memorabilia from the show
- Red Dragon Centre - range of entertainment and food outlets
There are so many activities and attractions in Cardiff, the list is endless - please see the activities directory for more information.
Accommodation in Cardiff
Cardiff is geared towards the tourism industry and offers a vast selection of accommodation options in and around the area. Bed and breakfasts, hotels, inns, self-catering units and pub accommodation, there is something to suit every taste and budget.
Please view the accommodation directory which gives tourists an extensive choice.
Restaurants and Businesses in Cardiff
Cardiff is the main business and finance centre in Wales with many large corporations having their head offices here. Cardiff was given Fairtrade City status in 2004.
There are several restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, pubs and more in Cardiff, catering to all tastes.