Cardiff is the capital of Wales and one of the cleanest, most attractive cities in the UK. There is ample parking and excellent shopping facilities. There are several undercover shopping arcades and the whole shopping area is so well planned that you don't have to walk miles and miles to go to all the shops. Another bonus is that there are NO hills to walk up and down - unlike many other shopping centres. All the big name stores are here - M & S (which takes up two different buildings and must offer every line they carry), Debenhams, River Island, Next, BHS, Argos, Index, etc., etc., etc. You can find lots of smaller, interesting shops and cafes around the place which cater for the more 'specialist' shopper - if you want jokes, kites or models then this is the place to come!
Close to the city centre you will find the beautiful civic centre buildings, Cardiff Castle (see separate Cardiff Castle page for more details), the National Museum and Galleries, the Welsh Institute of Sport, the Ice Rink - home of 'Cardiff Devils' and of course the Millennium Stadium. When you have had enough of shopping and admiring the architecture, then a walk through Bute Park (next to the castle) will prove restful and restorative.
There are also plenty of places to go in the evening - St David's Hall, The New Theatre, The Sherman Theatre and, at various times the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena . Tel: 029 20 224488. There are two cinemas in the main shopping area and several 'out of town' complexes which offer plenty of free parking.
There has been a lot of money put into Cardiff and the surrounding area. One of the most exciting developments has been that of Cardiff Bay.
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PLACES TO VISIT
A bit further afield (O.K. to do if you only have a morning or afternoon available )
Day Trips (You will definitely need to allow the whole day for these - but they're worth it!).
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