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Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales, and the tenth largest city in United Kingdom. The city is the country’s chief commercial center and the base of national culture and sporting institutions. Dotted with stadiums and historic buildings, the countryside city of Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world in National Geographic’s alternative tourist destinations.
Located in the center of the city, the castle stands at the place where a Roman Fort stood. The castle is a complex of three fortresses in one. The new castle was built on an artificial moat in 1090 and the walls were partially restored. The decorations and exhibits of the castle are the Clock Tower, the Banquet Hall with paintings telling the tales of Robert the Consul. Jousting tournaments are also held occasionally.
The bay is considered as one of the most successful bays in Britain, with a redevelopment project covering 2700 acres and also home to high end housing facilities, theatres, parks and restaurants. The redrock Pierhead Building built in 1897 is a landmark of the Bay with Mermaid Quay serving the gastronomic demands of the tourists. It also houses the Senedd, the new National Assembly of Wales and Techniquest, a science-center with a theatre and planetarium.
St Fagan’s National History Museum
It is an open air museum situated 4 miles west of Cardiff and is rated as one of the best tourist attractions of the city. It has an ancient yet intriguing collection of old age cottages, barns, mills and gardens. Special events are held during May Fair and Christmas.
Built in 1628 to consolidate the English dominion in the area, is the largest castle in Wales, and boasts of an impressive and robust defence system complete with drawbridges, impressive walls and a moat. Four full size medieval artillery pieces are kept on display in this castle along with other memorabilia of the English-Welsh wars.
National Museum of Cardiff
Situated in Cardiff’s civic center is the archive of the country’s archaeology, geology, art and natural history collections. The museum exhibits reach an antiquity as old as 4.5 million years with dinosaur fossils and Bronze Age weaponry. Art works of Picasso, Rodin and Monet are displayed too.
Doctor Who Experience
With this attraction’s spotlight on the 40 year old BBC television show Doctor Who, this place is becoming a rapid trendsetter of the city. It has interactive exhibits with a short film followed by Doctor Who’s invitation into his Tradis. Displays of Daleks is also installed to intrigue the senses of fans.
This is the most advanced sports complex of the city and is a favourite for the rugby fans. With a retractable roof, and facilities to organize music events and motorsports, tourists can view the Welsh National team dressing rooms and a chance to walk the player’s tunnel on to the turf.
Wales Millennium Center
Serves as most important cultural landmark in Wales and as well as trademark is also considered as the world’s top performing arts center. The sprawling five acre campus hosts operas, ballet performances and all kinds of performing arts.
This intricate concoction of Victorian gothic architecture and fairytale features with rounded towers and turrets was made in the 19th century by the third Marquess of Bute and William Burges.
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