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Cardiff: Why you should visit the Welsh capital

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff is one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom and thousands of visitors travel to the Welsh capital for various reasons every year.

The city is home to the National Assembly of Wales, BBC Studios that film programmes such as Casualty and Doctor Who, and numerous venues that host sporting events and concerts. We take a look at just a few of the key attractions that can be seen in and around the city, and give a few examples of the best places to visit in the surrounding area.

Cardiff Bay and Penarth

The bay area is the most picturesque part of the city, with beautiful views and a host of eating establishments for all ages. Tourists can witness some spectacular boats and yachts down at the Cardiff Bay Yacht Club or can take in the atmosphere and thrilling vibe at the pubs after a day of shopping. There is plenty of activities and attractions for families, with the Doctor Who museum and an appealing walk that can take you to the attractive little town of Penarth. The town is host to a number of local shops and restaurants, while there is also the Penarth Pier – which has an art gallery, a cinema and a cafe. These two places are certainly must-visits if you travel to Cardiff and you won’t be disappointed by the breath-taking scenery and chilled atmosphere of the two locations.

Millennium Stadium

The 74,500 seater stadium is one of the standout venues in the city. Home to Wales’ rugby union side, the Millennium Stadium stands tall in the centre of Cardiff and attracts thousands of people for sporting events and concerts. In 2017, the arena will host the UEFA Champions League final and plenty of supporters will descend on the city – which will only add to Cardiff’s spectacular atmosphere. British sides Chelsea and Manchester United will be hoping to feature in the showpiece event and punters can keep up-to-date on all news and odds on UEFA competitions betting markets ahead of the big event. Meanwhile, the likes of One Direction and Rihanna have headline shows at the iconic venue.

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

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Queen Street

Queen Street is home to the most popular shops in Cardiff and tourists can enjoy an afternoon of shopping before visiting some of the local eateries. Situated in the heart of the city, there are numerous shopping centres within five minutes of this street, including St. David’s – which is now the ninth largest shopping establishment in the United Kingdom – and Queens Arcade. If you are looking for cheaper bargains, the likes of Primark and H&M are never too far away, while Zara and River Island are also close by for the fashion aficionado. Cardiff is well renowned for being one of the best shopping cities in the United Kingdom and, with excellent transport links in and out of the city, it’s certainly well worth a visit for a day or two.

Queen Street, Cardiff

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