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Lively, elegant, confident, cosmopolitan, Cardiff caters for all tastes, offering everything from the excitement of a vibrant city life to the peace and tranquility of the nearby coast and countryside.
A city with both heritage and ambition Cardiff has a distinctive character, a good quality of life, and a growing national and international reputation.
It is presently host to numerous large and high profile events, including Britain’s largest free summer festival.
As the capital city of Wales it is home to many national institutions including the National Museum of Wales and the much-admired Millennium Stadium.
The city centre skyline is testimony to its heritage and ambition, with landmark buildings ranging from the ornate civic centre to the historic Cardiff Castle.
Cardiff is well established as ‘Europe’s Youngest Capital’ but its history dates back more than 2000 years to the Romans. It was once one of the busiest ports in the world, exporting the coal which fuelled the industrial revolution.
The famous Tiger Bay docklands have been substantially transformed into Cardiff Bay, a modern development of homes, shops, offices, visitor attractions and the National Assembly for Wales, all surrounding a huge freshwater lake.
In 1905 Cardiff was proclaimed a city and in 1955 it became the capital city of Wales.
A Friendly City
The city of Cardiff offers an excellent location in which to study. Students at Cardiff benefit from the combination of a small, friendly, inexpensive city with the cultural and recreational amenities of an ambitious and progressive capital city.
With a population of 327,500, Cardiff does not suffer from overcrowding. Students in Cardiff lead a busy life, both with their academic studies and the social and cultural activities that take place.
Cardiff is an extremely accessible city, benefiting from excellent road, rail and air communications. Using the hourly high-speed train service, London is reached within two hours.
Cardiff has convenient connections to Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the city also benefits from its own international airport. The city is served directly by the M4 motorway providing fast links to the rest of the UK.
"Cardiff is the up-and-coming cosmopolitan British city, a place jam-packed per square yard with some of the best drinking, dancing and shopping outside London."
Virgin Alternative Guide to British Universities
"The fastest growing capital city in Europe. It boasts beautiful old architecture as well as the major waterfront development at Cardiff Bay, which includes cinemas, restaurants, cafes and museums. Excellent shopping, eating and accessibility."
The Trotman Student Book
"Cardiff is popular with students, offering all the attractions of a large conurbation without such high prices as students experience elsewhere."
The Times Good University Guide