Cardiff has had a great year in the spotlight and is a city that boasts many titles such as, ‘Most Fashionable Place to Live in UK’ and ‘Top 5 City in UK’. With it being the closest captial to London it is a European hotspot for investors and here are some of the reasons why.


The very best of contemporary Welsh Art is the national gallery of Wales in the National Museum of Cardiff. Martin Tinney Gallery and Milkwood gives a contemporary take on the art scene. The city is full of architectural display, centred from William Burges, the Victorian eccentric who transformed Cardiff castle and the surrounding area with his adventurous designs.


International Rugby, cricket, football, speedway grand prix, extreme sailing and a top class ice hockey team all find their place in Cardiff. Having just hosted some of the matches for the Rugby World Cup 2015, and the even more famous Ball in the Wall!


Welsh National Opera are residents of the Wales Millennium Centre where they share the 1900 seat Donald Gordon Theatre with touring West End Musicals. Motorpoint arena in the city centre also hosts many famous singers and bands. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales are based at Hoddinott Hall whilst St Davids Hall offers a mix of world class orchestras, singers, bands and comedy. If you’re lucky, you can have Cardiff castle as your musical setting, where welsh icons such as Manic Street Preachers have played.


The New Theatre has a year round programme of drama from touring companies and a resident Christmas panto. Sherman Cymru champions welsh and wales based writers, and encourages the involvement of young people in theatre. The Chapter Arts centre offers and eclectic mix of theatre and cinema and the Wales Millennium Centre offers everything.


Cardiff’s parks form a green lung from the outskirts, right into the heart of the city. Cardiff also has the advantage of being flat so cyclists can enjoy the dedicated cycle paths such as the Taff Trail. Cardiff is a compact city which makes walking, cycling and public transport the best way to get around.


Top quality hotels, in which four boast the Wales Gold Award for Quality. Most four to five star hotels come with spas and health clubs. The best hotels are in the City centre, Cardiff Bay or Vale of Glamorgan.


Good quality 3* hotels, B&Bs, guest houses and university accommodation give Cardiff a full range of options. There is something affordable for everyone’s budget.


Cardiff has a growing reputation for its food and drink. There’s such a list we’ve created our own guide here  from well know chain restaurants, to proper pubs, Cardiff has everything.


The Romans built their fort on the River Taff almost 2000 years ago. The Normans followed building Cardiff castle on the site. The Middle Ages and the civil war battered the stones until William Burges worked his wonders creating a Victorian mock gothic palace that stands to this day. That’s 2000 years of history right in the city.


Cardiff’s International White Water Rafting Centre in Cardiff Bay leads the city’s adventure. Follow it with a climb for boulders and a treetop journey at Go Ape or quad bike at Taff Valley activity centre.


Published: December 11, 2015