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Twenty-four hours in a city normally means whistle-stop tours, rushed meals and a pocket full of expensive bus and train tickets. Thankfully, things are different in Cardiff, the capital of Wales and home to ktsowensthomas’ head office!
The city is so compact, that nothing is more than 15 minutes away, which is not only convenient for businesses but it also means visitors can spend time exploring the city at a more leisurely pace.
Within one square mile of Cardiff’s bustling city centre you will find three of the city’s biggest attractions:
- Millennium Stadium –The national stadium of Wales is located in the heart of the city and is home to the Welsh Rugby team. Not only has it played host to a number of national and international sporting events including the Rugby World Cup and the FA Cup Final, it also provides a first class concert venue for international artists such as Madonna, Take That, U2 and The Rolling Stones. Established in 1999, the stadium runs daily tours of the ground where you can explore the changing rooms and even try out the Queen’s seat in the Royal Box!
- Cardiff Castle – Situated just around the corner from the Millennium Stadium you will find Cardiff Castle. A fort was first built in Cardiff by the Romans in AD55 and further fortifications were added by the Normans in the 11th Century. Then, in the late 19th Century, the 3rd Marquees of Bute spent a portion of his vast fortune on an extravagant refurbishment, transforming the castle interiors into a Gothic, mock-Medieval palace. Tours of this historical castle are available daily and each year Cardiff Castle is home to a number of concerts, shows and plays. For art lovers, a visit to the National Museum Cardiff is a must. Situated on Park Place, the National Museum Cardiff boasts one of the finest collections of impressionist paintings outside of Paris!
- Shopping – In the last decade, Cardiff has become a leading UK shopping destination. With the brand new £750 million St David’s 2 shopping centre which boasts a number of high street brands and top designers, including the largest John Lewis outside of its flagship store on Oxford Street, in addition to a range of cafes and restaurants it comes with no surprise that St David's was crowned the international shopping centre of the year in 2010 by Global Retail Leisure International, beating contenders in Portugal and Singapore! For those who prefer small boutiques and quaint shops, Cardiff’s historic arcades have plenty to offer. Situated across the city, the Victorian arcades offer visitors a wealth of shops, delicatessens and independently run cafes. So whether you want to explore the boutiques or sample some traditional Welsh cuisine then Cardiff’s arcades have it all.
A ten minute journey south of the centre, and a stones throw away from ktsowensthomas’ head office, is Cardiff Bay, the capitals’ newest development. Considered to be one of Europe’s most exciting waterfront developments, Cardiff Bay boasts a 200 hectare freshwater lake, which is used year round for sailing and watersports. Overlooking Cardiff Bay you will find the five star St. David’s Hotel and Spa Resort. A short walking distance from the St. David’s Hotel and Spa Resort you will find Mermaid Quay, it is here you can immerse yourself in cuisine from around the world. Cardiff Bay is also home to the Wales Millennium Centre. Built in 2004 and designed by architects Percy Thomas, the venue has played host to a number of west end shows including Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Starlight Express, Les Miserables and many more. Most recently Cardiff Bay has become home to the Welsh National Opera.
The Bay is also home to the “Doctor Who Up-Close” exhibition, which can be found in the Red Dragon Centre which offers visitors a variety of restaurants and cafes in addition to being home to Wales’ only IMAX screen. The “Doctor Who Up-Close” exhibition offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the world famous show. It is here visitors can see monsters, costumes and props from the BBC Wales series – much of which was filmed in and around Cardiff and Cardiff Bay. The city has also become home to the BBC’s adult Doctor Who spinoff – Torchwood.
For ice hockey fans, a visit to the Planet Ice Arena is a must. Home to the Cardiff Devils’ Ice Hockey Team, it is here you will be able to enjoy a night rink side and immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of ice hockey.
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Outside of Cardiff you will find breathtaking scenery and views of the Welsh countryside which is full of culture and history, just waiting to be explored. Cardiff’s main train station, Cardiff Central provides links north to the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, west to the picturesque Pembrokeshire Coast or east to the beautiful and historic Wye Valley.To find out what else Wales has to offer, click here for more information.