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The Welsh dragon is flying high in Cardiff, which has reinvented itself dramatically since the creation of the Welsh Assembly in 1997. Once better known for post-industrial decline, the Welsh capital has swapped its crumbling docks for a swanky marina, and edgy modern buildings are springing up around the city like mushrooms after rain. Although the sprawling Victorian castle is still the most iconic monument in town, travelers will probably be more familiar with the Millennium Stadium and the "Armadillo" — the curving metal canopy covering the Wales Millennium Centre. Although the banks of the River Taff have been occupied since Roman ...

The Welsh dragon is flying high in Cardiff, which has reinvented itself dramatically since the creation of the Welsh Assembly in 1997. Once better known for post-industrial decline, the Welsh capital has swapped its crumbling docks for a swanky marina, and edgy modern buildings are springing up around the city like mushrooms after rain. Although the sprawling Victorian castle is still the most iconic monument in town, travelers will probably be more familiar with the Millennium Stadium and the "Armadillo" — the curving metal canopy covering the Wales Millennium Centre. Although the banks of the River Taff have been occupied since Roman times, the Welsh capital owes its meteoric rise to a Scot — John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the third marquess of Bute — who built the Cardiff docks to transport Welsh coal across the globe. The old part of Cardiff around Bute Park harks back to this golden age, while the paint is only just dry on the new developments around Cardiff Bay.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Welsh capital and it's largest city, Cardiff is located in the southeast of the country.
  • Language: Welsh, English
  • Currency: Pound Sterling
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    April to September