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Cardiff is Europe's youngest and fastest growing capital and as such offers a wealth of things to see and do. By day the city is a busy hub of contemporary arts, heritage, tourism and business, featuring some of Wales' major landmarks, including the Millenium Stadium, the home of Welsh Rugby, Cardiff Castle with its Norman keep, and Cardiff Bay with the Millenium Centre, a world-class opera house, and The Senydd, the Norman Foster designed Welsh Assembly building. These are just a few of the attractions set among a wealth of striking architecture, fantastic shopping and some of the most breathtaking National Parks and beaches in the UK.

By night Cardiff comes alive. St Mary's Street is where it's at for the young and thirsty! Pubs and clubs are in abundance and a late night trip to Caroline Street (aka Chip Alley) is a must for any late night reveller. But Cardiff is also home to fine cuisine, with the Bay a particularly rich ground of restaurants and late night cafe bars.

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"Very helpful and knowledgeable staff always willing to help you with any of your concerns Very close to downtown Cardiff, many attractions are a few minutes away walking. Bus station and train station 10min walk is also a bonus. Very clean and welcoming. As a frequent hostel-stayer this one is highly recommended."
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But if the great outdoors is more your thing, Cardiff is perfectly located to explore the Brecon Beacons, Gower peninsula and Pembrokeshire. Or if you're really feeling adventurous, why not try climbing Mount Snowdon, our highest mountain, located in North Wales.

But don't just take our word for it. Check out some of the links listed below for a fuller list of things to do. You certainly won't get bored while staying here!

In and around Cardiff

Cardiff Castle

2000 years of history in the heart of the Welsh Capital. Choose from guided tours of spectacular Victorian gothic apartments designed by William Burges or climb to the top of the 12th Century Norman Keep for spectacular views of the city.

National Museum of Wales

Two wealthy Welsh sisters bequeathed their large art collection to the museum and gallery in the mid 20th century, resulting in Cardiff owning one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris, with works by Renoir, Monet and Cezanne on display.

Scruffs – The kiting experience

Discover an amazing variety of kites ranging from easy to fly ones for children through to intermediate and advance level sports and power kites. Whether you're an adrenalin addict, in need of relaxation or simply want the kids entertained, they have the kites and kit for you.

Museum of Welsh Life

See Wales in a day at one of Europe's biggest openair museums. The 100-acre parkland has over forty original buildings, moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected to show how the people of Wales lived over the last 500 years.

The Millennium Stadium

Sample the unique atmosphere at the home of Welsh rugby. This magnificent stadium, built for the 1999 Rugby World Cup hosted in Wales, was the standin stadium of choice for the FA while Wembley was rebuilt and regularly hosts concerts for international singers and performers.

Castell Coch

A fantasy straight out of the pages of Sleeping Beauty with conical towers and needle-sharp turrets. Like Cardiff Castle this Gothic fantasy was the work of the eccentric Victorian architect William Burges, who designed this dream palace for the Marquis of Bute, owner of Cardiffs booming dockland and reputedly the richest man in the world.

The Millennium Centre

The latest addition to Cardiff's world class facilities, this landmark building presents international opera, ballet, modern dance and musicals. ‘Arts Sherpas' run tours of the front and backstage areas and free live music performances take place in the foyer every lunchtime.

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff's indusrtial heartland has been transformed into an exuberant, lively, cosmopolitan area of bars, restaurants and water sports and entertainment. Relax with a drink, watch the street performers or take one of the many boat trips – a visit to Cardiff isn't complete without sampling The Bay.

The Brecon Beacons National Park

If awesome vista and rolling hills are more your thing, head north out of Cardiff and discover a place where the skyscrapers are imposing sandstone bluffs over 470 million years old, the architecture is valleys and lakes formed by the last ice age and the traffic is sheep, hikers and the odd mountain pony.

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