Situated in the historic county of Glamorgan, Cardiff is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and a relatively young capital of Wales. From architecture dating back to the Norman period to streets lined with trendy bistros, the city puts forth a good balancing act as a modern metropolis with medieval roots.
Tourism in Cardiff is largely centred on its rich history and culture. A visit to Cardiff Castle will give you a glimpse of the region’s medieval chronicles. You can also take a walk through the grounds of Castell Coch, a Gothic revival castle peeping out of ancient beech woods. Another prominent fortification to explore is the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle appearing to rise from a lake.
The natural backdrops of this Welsh city are best discovered on foot – be it walking along the waterfront area of the scenic Cardiff Bay or the heritage trails of Fforest Fawr. You’ll also spot many urban parks on your trip to Cardiff, one of them being the Bute Park – a landscaped garden along the banks of River Taff.
Cardiff’s shopping portfolio comprises timeless Victorian and Edwardian arcades, suburban retail parks and indoor markets. You’ll find independent boutiques and cafés at Royal Arcade, high-end brands at St David’s and fresh organic produce at Pontcanna Farmers Market.