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Cardiff– The capital of Wales

Archaeological evidence shows that Neolithic people had settled in theCardiffarea about 6,000 years ago. A group of five Bronze Age tumuli (a raised mound of earth and stones over a grave) can be found at the summit of The Garth Hill.

Until the arrival of the Romans,Cardiffwas inhabited by a Celtic British tribe called the Silures, who flourished in the Iron Age.

CardiffCastlehas been adapted over the years from the Roman Fort that once stood there, firstly by King William I in 1081 and much later in Victorian times.

 

City status was granted toCardiffin 1905 and made the capital in 1955, although Caernarfon was apparently also in the running for this honour.

 

Reasons to visitCardiff

 

Being the capital ofWales, there are of course many things to see and places to go.CardiffCastleis certainly one of them and a popular tourist attraction. Other buildings that attract interest are: the Millennium Stadium, thePierheadBuilding(the National Assembly forWales) which has a clock on the building often called “Big Ben of Wales”. There is also: St David’s Hall, Llandaff Cathedral and the Wales Millennium Centre.

 

The National History (open air) Museum at St Fagans is unusual in that many buildings from throughout Welsh history have been moved there.

 

There are of course many museums, parks and other interesting places to visit, but too many to list them all.

 

Entertainment and Dining inCardiff

 

Quite a few concerts are held inCardiff, especially in St David’s Hall and the Motorpoint Arena. There are many theatres, cinemas and night clubs and more than enough pubs.

 

Restaurants offer a huge variety of different cuisines from all over the world. You can keep it simple and go for a fish and chip restaurant like Harry Ramsden’s in theCardiffBayarea, or try something more exotic at the Latin American restaurant Las Iguanas.

 

Accommodation inCardiff

 

There are many familiar named Hotels inCardiff(as you would expect), such as the Radisson Blu Hotel (near the central railway station), and the Novotel Cardiff Centre (close to the Cardiff International Arena). Or you may care to choose one of the many Guest Houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments available.