Cardiff – Caerdydd
About our City
Cardiff is an exciting, modern European capital city, which punches well above its weight for its size. The city was recently described as the 'epitome of cool' in the renowned Lonely Planet travel guide and as a top travel destination by National Geographic Magazine.
As one of Europe's youngest capitals, it packs all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan destination into a friendly, affordable and easy to navigate space and is a great place to live and work.
Cardiff was the fastest growing of the UK’s core cities over the past decade and is projected to grow by a further 26% (or 91,500 people) over the next 20 years. The Welsh capital city has been named the best place to live in the UK, according to a range of economic and social indicators.
An impressive civic centre with wonderful buildings, including the National Museum of Wales is surrounded by acres of parkland, a thriving city centre, a brand new shopping and entertainment centre and Victorian boutique shopping arcades, world-class sporting stadiums, and a lively Cafe Quarter which stretches down to a stunning waterfront area with bars and restaurants at Cardiff Bay.
As the Welsh capital, Cardiff boasts an excellent, year-round calendar of events and culture; from theatre, comedy and concerts to music and food festivals and major sporting events. Its big city attitude combined with a small city's benefits makes Cardiff the an ideal place to live.
Beyond the City :
Cardiff has to be one of the UK's best-placed cities for outdoor activities. With Wales' coastline being named as 'the greatest region on earth to visit in 2012' by travellers' bible Lonely Planet, you can enjoy surfing, sailing or sunbathing at world-class beaches within an hour's drive from the city.
In-land, the Brecon Beacons are stunning areas for mountain biking, hiking or horse riding and again are only a short distance from the city itself. Indoor climbing centres, white water rafting and ice skating are also all possible in the city.
Cardiff is also home to an excellent selection of sporting events, from international cricket at the SWALEC stadium, to rugby and football at the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium, as well as the annual Speedway motorsport and Wales GB Rally.