Cardiff, population of 280,000, is Wales' capital city. A major administrative, business, cultural and shopping centre, it is largely a creation of the 19th and early 20th centuries when it became the busiest coal-exporting port in the world. Yet Cardiff has a history spanning 2,000 years, reflected in a city-centre castle which was founded in Roman times, became a Norman stronghold, and was transformed into a glittering mansion in the 19th century by Lord Bute, the wealthy owner of Cardiff's booming docklands. Nearby is the neo-Classical Civic Centre, an architecturally magnificent collection of white-stoned buildings (which include the National Museum of Wales) set in parklands.

Hotels & Guest Houses in Cardiff:

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Hilton Cardiff

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Holiday Inn City Cardiff
Thistle Cardiff
Marriott Cardiff Cardiff

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Moat House Cardiff
Holiday Inn North Cardiff
Wentloog Cardiff