Cardiff Fact File

Name Cardiff
Status Capital City of Wales
Location South East of Wales
Languages Spoken English & Welsh
Currency GBP (£)
Government National Assembly for Wales
Population 328,000 (2010)
Climate Fairly temperate throughout the year
National Emblems Leek & Daffodil
Traditional Day 1st March - St David's Day (St David is the Patron Saint of Wales)
Visitors per Year 12,000,000
Student Population 60,000 undergraduates, 12,000 postgraduate, 6,000 International students

About Cardiff

Cardiff, Europe's youngest capital is a superb cosmopolitan city. It is welcoming, safe and very easy to find your way around in. It caters for everyone, whether you like History, Sport, Culture, Entertainment or Shopping. You will never run out of things to do.

Cardiff is a culturally diverse City with hundreds of international students from all over the world choosing to learn English and study at our popular universities. Over 10 million people visit Cardiff each year, with the number increasing yearly; it is one of the UK's most popular university cities and tourist destinations.

Situated only 2 hours from London's Paddington Station, it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful natural surroundings and beaches in the UK. International students will find Cardiff contemporary, fun and not as expensive as London. Most of our students travel around Cardiff via foot, cycle or bus, as it is compact.

Eating Out

Cardiff has an excellent reputation for fine dining, with some of the best UK's international restaurants to choose from. You will also enjoy trying local Welsh flavours and traditional British food.

Night Life

Cardiff's Nightlife has rapidly expanded offering students a massive choice of bars, pubs and clubs for all ages and music varieties. Weekdays offer better value for money with the many student nights on offer.

Welsh Heritage, Tradition & Culture

Starting in Cardiff the capital city and travelling through nearby counties you will come across some of the most fascinating museums, castles and heritage sites that Wales has to offer come alive.


Cardiff is one of Europe's ultra-modern shopping destinations, with a mixture of designer brands, high street names along with delightful exclusive boutiques situated in Edwardian and Victorian arcades.


Cardiff is the home of Welsh Rugby and was a selected European City of Sport for 2009. The city has achieved an exceptional reputation as a sporting capital by holding a range of major international events and facilities such as the Autumn International Series games, Six Nations and FA cup final at the world famous Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff is also home to football, cricket, golf and a range of water sports in Cardiff Bay. Cardiff International Sports Village is home to the International Swimming Pool, Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Team and the new International White Water Centre, a world-class white water facility.

As well as the more traditional sports, in the Cardiff region you can also try climbing, karting, paint-balling and mountain biking. For more gentle exercise there are organised walks or rowing on Roath Park Lake.

Entertainment & Arts

A city of culture, Cardiff benefits from some of the finest arts and entertainment. In a variety of venues, ranging from the outstandingly massive, to the cosy and intimate, you'll find something to amuse even the most diverse of tastes.

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