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It may seem strange that a location with such an epic past is referred to as the youngest capital city in Europe. However, that is typical Cardiff - it is as unexpected as it is fascinating The world class collections at the National Museum attracts visitors from all corners of the world, and boasts some stunning impressionist works, surrealism and, of course, leading Welsh art. Add in the sections devoted to geology, archaeology and natural history and it’s easy to see why many visitors opt to spend at least a day, if not more, exploring the treasures here.

The iconic Millennium Centre is another ‘must-visit’, stunningly located in in Cardiff Bay, it has been given the nickname ‘Armadillo’ because of its dome. Here you will find a varied programme of events including concerts and plays, plus a good selection of restaurants and cafes.

A visit to the castle is a highlight of any trip to Cardiff. Dating back to 50AD, this is a truly ancient structure, which has gone through several incarnations, ending with the Gothic masterpiece we see today.

Cardiff can rightly boast that it has the greenest space per person of any city in Europe. The Taff Trail is a wonderful way to explore some of the old tramways, towpaths and rail routes, and so is the cycle or walk from Cardiff Bay through an impressive 2000 acres of verdant parkland, eventually arriving in the majestic Brecon Beacons.

Foodies will be delighted by the great numbers of farmer markets that pop up regularly all over the city, showcasing some truly excellent local produce from all over Wales. Well worth a visit.

The imposing sports stadium is located slap bang in the middle of the city, and is a well-loved landmark. Both international rugby and football is played here, as well as a number of other popular sports, plus some big name live music events.

Water sports enthusiasts will find themselves with a great choice of activities to try. For a real adrenaline rush, get down to the white water experience in Cardiff Bay for a ride down the rapids that you will never forget.

Slightly outside the city itself is located the National History Museum.

This is one of Cardiff’s most popular visitor attractions and comprises more than forty buildings including the recreation of an Iron Age village.

This is the perfect place to step into the past and learn more about wale’s fascinating and long history. Set in stunning, well-kept gardens, this is a perfect place to visit with the whole family, with lots of opportunities to try out some local crafts and sample delicious home cooked food.

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