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Points of Interest: Cardiff
As the Capital of Wales and one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, Cardiff has undergone a host of exciting changes over the years.
Set in the historic county of Glamorgan, it is proud to be one of the ten largest cities in the UK (taking ninth position) and supports a popular of around 346,000. Earning city status in 1905, Cardiff remains the largest city in Wales and even ranked in the National Geographic’s alternative tourist destinations list in 2011 (at sixth position) – something locals are immensely proud of.
While Cardiff Castle is one of the oldest and most obvious attractions of the city, there have been numerous modern development made within the city. Cardiff Bay boasts a new waterfront area which acts as the seat of the Welsh Assembly and also home of the Wales Millennium Centre – a fantastic arts complex.
The area is also popular with sports enthusiasts, thanks to Cardiff International Sports Village and other top venues including the Millennium Stadium. This modern sports arena is not only the national stadium for the Welsh rugby team but also hosted 11 football matches as part of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Local shopping interests are catered to at Queen Street and St Mary Street as well as in the three main shopping centres: St David’s Centre, Queens Arcade and Capitol Centre.
Other top attractions for the city include an array of landmarks and culturally significant buildings. These include Castle Coch (Red Castle) which is located to the north of the city and is an elaborately decorated Victorian folly, the Welsh National War Memorial, Llandaff Cathedral and Pierhead Building – the site of the Welsh National History Museum.
As well as proudly claiming to have the highest concentration of castles than any other city in the world, Cardiff also boasts a number of natural attractions which make the most of its coastal position. One particularly popular option is the Centenary Walk which covers 2.3 miles of the city centre; passing through many of the city’s best landmarks and some of its 1,000+ listed buildings.