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Cardiff may be relatively small, but its character and energy are mighty. The capital of Wales since just 1955, this is the location of the National Assembly for Wales, and the centre even has its own medieval castle. However, ask any local and they’ll tell you that the true heart of the city is the Principality Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby. The sport is more like a religion here, with match days seeing the centre overrun with the red dragon and daffodil motifs that are the symbols of Wales. But this is a city with more than one string to its bow, and if you’re looking at hotels in Cardiff city centre, you’ll find just what you’re after at Jurys Inn Cardiff.
Get your bearings
Located on the southern tip of Wales, Cardiff is a coastal city that includes the historic centre and the newer Cardiff Bay area, where the parliament building and the Wales Millennium Centre – the national arts centre – are situated. To get a fuller picture of the history of the area, head to the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park, where you can discover how the Welsh landscape was formed and see works by some of the country’s top artists.
From the mecca that is St David’s shopping centre to the historic Royal Arcade, keen shoppers are well catered for in Cardiff city centre. But visitors should also head down to Cardiff Bay, where a boat tour of the coastline will reveal a different side to the city, whether you opt for a gentle water taxi or a high-speed RIB experience.
While you’re there
Make no mistake: the Welsh know how to party, and Cardiff’s nightlife is legendary, with bars and clubs of every persuasion on offer as well as the Motorpoint Arena, which regularly hosts international stars. It’s also worth taking a day to venture south to the quirky town of Barry, best known for its starring role in the beloved BBC series Gavin and Stacey, beautiful beaches and the famous Barry Island Pleasure Park.