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Cardiff is a city on the coast of South Wales in the UK, and is the capital of Wales, having been declared as such by the Minister for Welsh Affairs, Gwilym Lloyd-George, in a parliamentary answer in 1955. The current population of Cardiff is believed to be around 340,000.

Key Facts about Cardiff

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Here are some facts about Cardiff:
  1. Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales.

  2. Cardiff has been the capital of Wales since 1955, when it was proclaimed as such.

  3. Cardiff is the 10th most populous city in the United Kingdom.

  4. Cardiff is home to the National Assembly for Wales, the country's devolved legislature.

  5. The city is located in South Wales, in the county of South Glamorgan.

  6. The city has a coastline on its southern side, facing the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel.

  7. The River Taff flows through the center of Cardiff.

  8. Cardiff is a major commercial, sporting, and cultural center.

  9. Cardiff is also the most popular tourist destination in Wales. 18 million, or more, tourists have visited the city annually in recent years.

  10. Cardiff is a major transport hub, with road, rail, and air links.

    • Cardiff lies close to the M4 motorway. This connects the city to Newport and Swansea to the West, and to London and other parts of the UK, to the East.

    • Cardiff Central railway station is the largest railway station in Wales, and one of the busiest in the UK. Trains go from there to other destinations in the Wales, and to major cities throughout the UK.

    • Cardiff Queen Street railway station is the second busiest railway station in Wales. It provides services to South Wales, and to the suburbs of Cardiff.

    • Cardiff is home to the only international airport in Wales, Cardiff Airport. The airport is located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the West of the city.

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Lonely Planet Wales (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Etain O'Carroll

Paperback (352 pages)

Lonely Planet Wales (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Wales is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Uncover history in medieval castles, eat at the country's best gastro-pubs, or hike the Wales Coast Path; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Wales and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Wales Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, literature, music, architecture and landscapes
  • Over fifty maps
  • Useful features - including Walking Tours, Outdoor Activities, and Month by Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Cardiff, the Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Snowdonia and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Wales, our most comprehensive guide to Wales, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Great Britain guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Peter Dragicevich, Helena Smith and Etain O'Carroll.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Bath & Cardiff Travel Guide: Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay

By Benjamin Craig

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (82 pages)

Bath & Cardiff Travel Guide: Attractions, Eating, Drinking, Shopping & Places To Stay
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Bath is a famous Roman/Georgian spa city that is located 95 miles west of London and 20 miles southeast of Bristol. The city is located in the lovely Somerset countryside to the south of the Cotswolds. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its ancient hot springs, Roman baths, impressive architecture and medieval heritage. Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the city has changed for the better in recent times making it one of the best shopping destinations in Great Britain. Cardiff is a vibrant, attractive city of interest to tourists who are interested in Welsh culture and history. During the summertime the city hosts some fun outdoor festivals and makes the most of the better weather with an al-fresco dining and bar scene.

City Guide to Cardiff

By Dr Trevor J. Price

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City Guide to Cardiff
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Let your spirit of adventure awaken with this great guide book to Cardiff! With superb photography and powerfully descriptive, yet easy-to-read text, this cute book skillfully takes you on adventures you haven't yet been. You'll explore the heart of Cardiff, once the throbbing center of the powerful international coal trade and now the thriving cosmopolitan shopping, eating and sightseeing center of south Wales. You'll then move on to Cardiff Bay, the powerful epicenter of the Welsh government and a magnificent go-to-place for fun and excitement. If, after all that, you still have energy, then let's take a trip out of Cardiff to the nearby towns of Penarth - with it's gorgeous and restored pier and esplanade, or Cowbridge - with its green and harmonious Physic Garden and buzzing cafe culture. This book is aimed at those who have only a short time to quickly get to know this exciting city and all it has to offer. It's for those who want a quick and easy-to-use guide that doesn't bore with long-winded details and lots of text about irrelevant, tedious stuff. You'll find no 'blah-blah' in here - only stuff that you really need to know to have a great time in and around Cardiff.

Wales Travel Guide

By Tony Kelbrat

Released: 2015-09-23
Kindle Edition (417 pages)

Wales Travel Guide
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Wales is a part of England that operates independently as a distinct country within Britain. It is almost directly west from London, in the south to central western part of the United Kingdom.

Cardiff is the big city of Wales in the southeast corner near Bristol, England which is almost directly west of London.

Carmarthen is a city on the west coast of Wales in the South. Carmarthenshire is the area around it.

Gower is around Swansea in the southwest.

Neath is just east of Swansea on the south coast.

Newport is near the south coast between Cardiff and Swansea, very close to Cardiff.

Swansea is in the southwest west of Cardiff.

Gwynedd is in the northwest. Snowdonia National Park is in this area, the Llyn Peninsula. There is a train ride through this mountainous region.

Llandudno is on the north coast.

Wrexham is in the north about 20 miles south of Liverpool, England.

Pembrokeshire is the area in the southwest corner of Wales around the town of Pembroke.

Central Wales is not heavily populated. Most people live near the coast.

Wales has a Celtic culture.

Wales is on a mountainous western peninsula at about the same latitude as London.

Bangor has Caernarfon Castle, a well-preserved castle.

Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in North Wales.

Tenby is a medieval walled town and seaside resort.

Wrexham is the largest town in North Wales.

The main airport is Cardiff International Airport, the only international airport in Wales served by the following airlines:, Bourgas, within Wales.

There is bus service from Cardiff to the airport.

The island of Anglesey is near the A55 road along the North Wales coast.

The two Severn Bridges crossing the Bristol Channel charge a six pound toll for cars entering Wales. There is no charge for leaving.

There are modern trains in Wales and older smaller ones that go through the countryside.

Smaller Rail-Lines

Bala Lake Railway

Brecon Mountain Railway

Ffestiniog Railway

Gwili Railway

Llanberis Lake Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Talyllyn Railway
heritage railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway
Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge.

Welsh Highland Railway

Welshpool and Llanfair Railway

Bus service is at:, northern Wales, southwest, entire country, Cardiff and south Wales

Ferries are at:

Road signs are written in Welsh and English.

Some festivals and events are as follows:, lists music festivals, literary festiva, philosophy and music festival. <, writing competition, alternative to the Dylan Thomas Festival, opera, international festival of traditional music and dance., First week of August, Welsh Language week long event, World Music Festival every July in Dolgellau international indie film festival.

Cardiff & the Vale in the First World War

By Phil Carradice

Amberley Publishing
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Cardiff & the Vale in the First World War
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When war broke out against Germany in 1914, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan was one of the most diverse and eclectic areas of W ales. Within this 40- or 50-mile stretch of the coast sat three of the most important coal exporting docks in the world - Cardiff itself, Penarth and Barry. Yet the area remained predominantly rural with farming being the main industry. Tourism was also important, in the shape of Barry Island and Penarth Pier. How these scattered and, to some extent, isolated communities responded to the war, to the call to arms, is a fascinating social study. The Cardiff Pals was formed, the docks continued to run - and even Penarth Pier found itself caught up in the excitement of the moment, being requisitioned by the Army for the duration of the war. Men from all over the Vale joined up, others stayed at home working on the farms and smallholdings. When they returned they came back with new experiences under their belts and the area was changed forever. This book draws on academic research, on first-hand accounts of life during the period, and on the articles and letters published in the plethora of local papers at the time. It gives a different slant on the Great War and the way it was perceived in Wales where, even then, the first hints of nationalism were beginning to take root.

A Pocket Guide: Cardiff

By John Davies

University of Wales Press
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A Pocket Guide: Cardiff
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This guide to Cardiff explains the history and present aspects of the city. It begins with an overview of Cardiff as seen from Caerphilly Mountain. Starting with the heart of the city at the castle and the Roman occupation, the guide then moves on to the medieval fortifications and then to the extravagance of Bute and Burgess. The authors shows how the layout of the town in medieval times has given rise to modern Cardiff.


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