Wales’s resurgent first city has never lacked its own sense of identity, but there’s a real sense of positive optimism here – with all the trappings of a capital city in government, sport, culture and more.
Go on a rugby matchday and the atmosphere is rich, the banter loud and the beer flowing – or head for the redeveloped Cardiff Bay area to see the future.
Cardiff is well connected by rail, on the main and branch lines. You can get here on First Great Western services from London Paddington, Swansea, Portsmouth and Cardiff, on CrossCountry services from Cardiff, Manchester and Nottingham, and on Arriva Trains Wales from destinations including Cheltenham Spa, Holyhead and Manchester Piccadilly – and from places across Wales including Ebbw Vale, Maesteg, Rhondda and Merthyr.
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It’s easy to immerse yourself in sporting passion in Cardiff – and a tour of the awe-inspiring Millennium Stadium is a must if you’re a rugby follower. Meanwhile, to see devolution in action (and see the future of Wales in motion) head to Cardiff Bay to see the Senedd – the National Assembly building.
Cardiff is a city boasting 20 railway stations, so there’s plenty of activity to explore on the ground. The city’s main station, Cardiff Central, is even said to handle more train movements than London Paddington every day. Bring your calculator and find out for yourself.
Cardiff Central Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/CDF.html
Cardiff Queen Street Station - http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/cdq/details.html
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