Tourist Information in Cardiff & South Wales
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Cardiff Town Information

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Cardiff City Hall - Photo © Philip Halling
Cardiff City Hall - Photo: Philip Halling CCL
The capital of Wales since 1955 – and home to the National Assembly of Wales - this splendid city is a shopper’s paradise, replete with Victorian and Edwardian arcades as well as an intriguing blend of old and new architecture.

Lying on the banks of the rivers Taff, Rhymney and Ely where they join the mighty Bristol Channel, Cardiff has been an important port for centuries and has a galaxy of attractions that include museums, art galleries, public buildings, theatres and sporting stadia.
The Romans recognised the area’s strategic significance and built a fort here while the Normans erected Cardiff Castle on the same site in the 11th century. Its fabulous interior was remodelled by William Burges and eventually gifted to the city in 1947.

Cardiff’s modern history began during the Industrial Revolution when the aristocratic Bute family created vast docks to export coal mined in the Welsh valleys. They became inordinately rich and turned Cardiff into one of the world’s most important ports.

Cardiff Castle grounds and keep - Photo © Nick Smith
Cardiff Castle grounds and keep - Photo: Nick Smith CCL

Cardiff Bay viewed from Penarth - Photo © Nick Smith
Cardiff Bay viewed from Penarth - Photo: Nick Smith CCL

Abernodwydd farmhouse at the Welsh Folk Museum - Phtoto © Colin Smith
Abernodwydd farmhouse at the Welsh Folk Museum
Photo: Colin Smith CCL
Since then the waterfront has undergone a radical transformation to become one of the city’s most important tourist sites.

Stone-built Llandaff Cathedral lies beyond Cardiff city centre and dates from the Norman period. It had to be partly rebuilt following the Second World War.

On the outskirts of Cardiff at St Fagan’s – a village of thatched cottages - is the imaginative Welsh Folk Museum, which charts the history of Wales through a series of splendid historic buildings.