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‘Europe’s Youngest Capital’

The Welsh capital is a city undergoing major changes, as is seen by the amount of building and reconstruction taking place. Most noticeable for the visitor emerging from the railway station, is the Millennium Stadium, which dominates the skyline of the city centre. This phenomenal development is in keeping with Cardiff’s (Caerdydd’s) marketing slogan: ‘Europe’s Youngest Capital’.

It is difficult to believe that less than a century earlier the city had been one of the great powerhouses of the British Empire, exporting coal from the nearby Valleys and steel from the plants in South Wales. When these industries all but died out during the last quarter of the 20th century, the future appeared bleak. Yet, new employers have moved in to help fill the economic void. A measure of this success is the fact that available hotel bed spaces in Cardiff have increased by over 40 per cent in the past five years.

The city was officially recognised as a capital in 1955 and it retains a friendly ‘small town’ quality that spirited self-promotion and inward investment. It has a vibrant atmosphere and a lively music scene and nightlife, in part to the presence of 26,000 or so students based at the city’s universities.

The central area, with its seven Victorian shopping arcades and traffic-free streets, runs from the railway station to the impressive castle. This is Cardiff’s traditional commercial and social heart but Cardiff Bay, two kilometres or one mile south, is gaining ground in the entertainment and leisure stakes, amd becoming an important administrative centre.

Cardiff embodies new confidence and the city’s ambitions also clearly extend far beyond the nation’s boundaries. It is bidding to become European Capital of Culture in 2008 – an indication of the city’s new-found confidence.

Cardiff’s climate is temperate, without extreme variations between seasons and rain, sometimes a lot of it, all year round.
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