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Brilliant city to live in and visit
Cardiff in General
Member Name: xwelshyx
Cardiff in General
Advantages: Many attractions and a nice compact city
Disadvantages: City may be too small for some people
I am from Cardiff and having been around the U.K I find it one of the nicest and attractive cities without being too biased but there is no place like home. Cardiff has many attractions such as one of the best stadiums in the world millenium stadium, cardiff castle, cardiff university and the millenium centre. With Cardiff being such a small town it is very easy to navigate your way around.
Cardiffs main train station is Cardiff central which is located right next to Cardiffs main bus station where you find both local buses and the national express coaches which travel around the U.K. There are 8 platforms at Cardiff station and it is the 10th busiest station in the UK. Whilst waiting at the station you could always pop into M&S, Whsmith, Upper crust or Starbucks.
I find Cardiff very good for shopping. Cardiff has all the main shops you would expect to find in a capital city. All the main shops are located on one street being Queen street or in the shopping centres which can be accessed on the same street. Cardiff benefits from two shopping centres - Capitol centre and St Davids Centre. Towards the end of 2009 the new St David's development will open, with a new John Lewis store and over 100 more new shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. This will benefit Cardiff and the shoppers in the area. Cardiff has a two floored indoor mark where you can get your fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. There are also pet shops, baby clothes shops and little cafes for a snack.
Entertainment and sports
The Millenium Stadium opened in 1999 and has been the reason for many visitors to Cardiff since its opening. It is the home ground of both the Welsh rugby and football team. It is also host to many other events such as Wales Rally Great Britain, Boxing and many music concerts, including Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Tsunami Relief concert. If you are visiting Cardiff the Millenium Stadium is simply a must see. If you get the chance to watch a rugby match there then do go - it will be one of the best experiences and atmospheres you will witness.
Many other gigs and concerts are played at Cardiffs International Arena or St Davids Hall. Cardiff International Arena has a capacity of 7,500 is very easy to get to and holds many concerts throughout the year.
The millenium centre opened in 2004 and is such a beautiful building. It is known for holding events such as international opera, ballet and musicals. I have been to this building on three occasions to see musicals and must say it is spectacular. The view is great no matter where you are seated, there is plenty of leg space and the seats are very comfy. The centre also has restaurants and bars where you can just go in without seeing a show.
Cardiff Castle has been there for over 2000 years and tours of the castle interior take place throughout the day, or visitors can just enjoy a stroll around the picturesque Castle gardens.
There are many other attractions which you can visit whilst in cardiff such as cardiff bay, techniquest, st fagans, castle coch and the museum.
There are many places to eat in Cardiff but the restaurant I would recommend would be pillars which is on Queen Street itself. The food is excellent quality and the prices are excellent.
Summary: Attractive and friendly city
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