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Cardiff is located on the southern coast of Wales, and this port city is a base to lots of cultural, historic and sports institutions. It is a very lively city with its city center listed as one of the ten best destinations for shopping in the United Kingdom. Besides being known as very green city, Cardiff is also known as a city of castles with several attractive castles located in city`s surroundings. Cardiff was once an industrial city, but today is one of the most modern UK cities. The beautiful Cardiff Bay is a place with several popular landmarks, such as the fantastic Wales Millennium Centre and the National Assembly for Wales.
Cardiff has a temperate maritime climate. Winters are mild, mostly cloudy and wet. Summers are nice and warm with average temperatures around 22 C. Spring and autumn months have pleasant temperatures above 15 C, while January and February are the coldest months with average temperatures of 2 C.
You can start your tour in Cardiff by visiting the Cardiff Bay. It has a very nice architecture and the Cardiff Bay Barrage features a freshwater lake and over ten kilometers of attractive waterfront with shops, pubs, entertainment complexes and green parks. You can also go on a boat tour around Cardiff Bay and admire the nature. Another landmark definitely worth seeing is the modern Millennium Stadium with a capacity of over seventy thousand people. It is a very modern sports venue and a home to lots of popular sporting and musical events. It was also the base for the football matches of the 2012 Olympic Games.
Guided tours are available on which you can see the pitch, the Welsh Hall of Fame, changing rooms and the royal box. Alongside the stadium there is a beautiful riverside walkway. If you are interested in history and seeing some amazing exhibits visit the National Museum Cardiff. There you will see lots of Celtic artifacts, treasures from the Bronze Age and valuable collections covering archaeology, geology, zoology and natural history. Llandaff Cathedral is another attractive landmark just a couple of kilometers away from the Cardiff`s city centre. It dates back from the twelfth century and is a prime example of characteristic mediaeval architecture. Besides cultural, sporting and historic landmarks, Cardiff also has many beautiful parks where you can relax and admire natural beauty. Bute Park is a great place for afternoon walks, while Roath Park is very attractive with a nice boating lake and lots of rose gardens. In Roath Park you will also find the Captain Scott Memorial.
From Cardiff you can go on some nice excursions to close places. Visit the historic place of Blaenafon which is about forty kilometers away from Cardiff. There is one very nice National Mining Museum of Wales and a Big Pit evidencing the Cardiff`s former glory as the center of coal industry. Blaenafon is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Brecon Beacons National Park is about seventy kilometers away from Cardiff and is a place with beautiful mountains, forests and lakes. Flat Holm Island is just about ten kilometers away from Cardiff and there you can admire the amazing green scenery and attractive wildlife.
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