Lifestyle

Lifestyle

Cardiff is a truly unique capital. It has the infrastructure that you would expect of any modern capital, an enviable quality of life, and a city centre that can be walked across in fifteen minutes.

The city benefits from a panoramic leisure offer, from seafront to city to countryside living. From the compact centre, built around the magnificent Cardiff Castle to Cardiff Bay which provides seafront views and leisure facilities to rival any other European city, Cardiff’s unique blend of tradition and modern offers something for all.

Cardiff is a ‘city of parks’ with more green space per person than any other UK city; it is 45 minutes from the Brecon Beacons Park; and close to some of the UK’s best beaches.

The city-region is synonymous with sport and our facilities are second to none – the Millennium Stadium, the SWALEC Stadium and the Cardiff City stadium is home to Cardiff City Football Club and Cardiff Blues Rugby Club. Our rugby and football teams both at national and club level now benefit from one of the best training facilities in the UK at the Vale Resort and Spa. Forming part of Cardiff’s International Sport Village is Cardiff International White Water, a recognised canoe slalom training centre and Cardiff International pool is a 50 m Olympic standard pool.

In July 2009 the SWALEC Stadium successfully hosted the Ashes and will do so again in 2015.  In October 2010 the city-region welcomed the Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort. These events were broadcast to a combined television audience of approximately 700 million people across the globe and elevated the city-region’s profile immensely.

Cardiff is an exciting city that attracts 19 million visitors a year. Described as the ‘epitome of cool’ by the renowned Lonely Planet travel guide and 13th must-see global destination by the Frommer Guide.

In 2011 Cardiff was chosen as one of the 10 best places in the world to visit during the Summer by National Geographic magazine – the only UK location to be featured – above  Roatan, in Croatia, the Caribbean island of Honduras and the Azores.

Cardiff’s cultural offer has never been stronger. Located in the heart of one of the most exciting waterfront developments in Europe – Cardiff Bay – is the Wales Millennium Centre, home to the performing arts and Wales’ most visited attraction. The only building in the world to be protected by copyright, it has succeeded in taking Cardiff to the world and bringing the world to Cardiff.

Cardiff is the capital for shopping. Known as the ‘city of arcades’, Cardiff offers a mix of boutique stores found in the city’s elegant Victorian arcades and a true global brand experience in the £650 million St David’s. All the arcades and a new John Lewis store has propelled Cardiff into the top 5 shopping destinations in the UK and positioned Cardiff as the number one shopping location for Wales and the south west of England. Find out more about shopping in Cardiff at www.shopincardiff.com