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Part of your study abroad experience will be discovering the history and culture of your new home.
Cardiff Castle is one of Cardiff's most distinctive landmarks and a site of international significance.
In 2000 years of history, Cardiff Castle has been a Roman garrison, a Norman stronghold, a Victorian gothic fairytale fantasy, a war bunker and now an attraction and venue that boasts thousands of visitors each year.
City residents (including students) can get a 'Castle Key' which allows you free access to the Castle grounds. It's a perfect place to relax after a busy day of lectures.
The National Museum of Wales is spread across several sites, however the National Museum in Cardiff is home to Wales' art, archaeology, natural history and geological collections.
Built in 1927, the Museum is located next to the University campus and is free entry.
It houses, amongst it's exhibits, one of the best collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris including paintings by Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh. The most famous of which is Renoir's La Parisienne (known locally as The Blue Lady).
St Fagans is one of Europe's foremost open–air museums and Wales's most-visited heritage attraction.
Visit St Fagans to find out about life in Wales throughout the centuries through traditional crafts and more than 40 buildings on the 100 acre site.
Bute Park and the adjacent Pontcanna Fields are sometimes referred to as 'Cardiff's lungs' and can be thought as similar to New York's Central Park.
Once part of the Castle grounds, Bute Park is a 56 hectare site in the city centre (and next to the University) and includes an arboretum and ornamental gardens. Best of all it is a great place to relax, walk, cycle, jog and get some fresh air away from studies and the city.
Roath Park is north of the city centre and is popular with students (being near the neighbourhood of Roath where many students live). Roath Park has a lake and hiring a rowboat in summer is recommended.
Once the third largest port in the world, Cardiff also has an extensive maritime history.
You can take a variety of boat trips from Cardiff Bay and a water taxi on the river Taff.
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