The capital and largest city in Wales, Cardiff which is famous for Llandaff Cathedral, St David's Hall and its castle situated in the heart of the city centre and a major tourist attraction, and the Wales Millennium Centre. It is the home of the National Assembly for Wales, the Senedd and the the Welsh National Museum.
A large open air museum, the National History Museum at St Fagans, is ideal for a visit when you're in Cardiff, housing dozens of buildings from throughout Welsh history that have been moved to and rebuilt on the site in the city. A collection of Edwardian buildings such as the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, City Hall, the Crown Court and buildings forming part of Cardiff University are situated at the Civic Centre. All of these buildings surround the small green space which contains the Welsh National War Memorial aswell as a number of other smaller memorials.
The city has over 1,000 listed buildings which can be visited while on holiday in Cardiff, which range from the more prominent buildings such as castles, to the smaller buildings and the houses and structures. There are special walks of interest for tourists and ramblers such as the Centenary Walk, which runs for over 2 miles within the city centre and this route passes through many of the city landmarks and historic buildings. Castell Coch, the Red Castle is located in Tongwynlais, which is in the north of the city.
Sites of interest and cultural sites including the famous Coal Exchange and the Bay Barrage, the Senedd and the recently opened Wales Millennium Centre are located at the Bay regeneration sites. Before the opening of the Wales Millennium Centre in 2004, The New Theatre, which was founded in 1906 and
completely refurbished in the 1980s was the premier venue for all touring theatre and dance companies in Wales. St David's Hall, the Motorpoint Arena and the Millennium Stadium are other venues which are popular for concerts and sporting events. Opened in 2011, Cardiff Story is a museum documenting the city's history.
A finalist in the European Capital of Culture 2008, the city has also been listed as one of the top 10 destinations in the UK and as one of 13 top destinations worldwide. Annual events which have become regular appearances on the city calendar are The Great British Cheese Festival, Sparks in the Park, the Winter Wonderland and the Mardi Gras. Many festivals, including cultural events and fairground rides , are also held in the city, including Big Weekend Festival which is held annually in the city centre during the summer.