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Cardiff (or Caerdydd in Welsh) is the proud capital of Wales. A city once noted for its industrial muscle, Cardiff is nowadays very important in the arts, culture and design. Wales looks after most of its own affairs, and Cardiff is the country’s political powerhouse – though the thrust for devolution has come mainly from the Welsh-speaking and rural areas well away from Cardiff.

Cardiff is an instantly likeable city. Leaving Cardiff Central station, you can’t miss the stadium which is the home of Welsh rugby. On the short walk north to Cardiff Castle, you’ll find some fine Edwardian-period shopping arcades. The castle is the historic heart of the city. Even if you are not inclined to pay to visit the castle itself, do wander through Bute Park (free entrance) which runs down to the banks of the River Taff.

Definitely make time to visit Cardiff Bay, about 4 km south of the city centre, where the rejuvenated waterfront with the Wales Millennium Centre rates as one of the boldest pieces of urban renewal in Europe. Among the showcase buildings at Cardiff Bay is the Senedd which houses Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru – the Welsh National Assembly.

The principal railway station is Cardiff Central, which is the departure point for trains to Swansea and west Wales as well as for services to Chester and north Wales. There are hourly trains to Portsmouth, Birmingham and Manchester. Fast trains to London generally leave every 30 minutes. Cardiff Queen Street station, also in the city centre, has frequent local trains to communities across south-east Wales, including a useful shuttle service to Cardiff Bay.

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Haverfordwest to Cardiff by train

from £10.50

Avg 0 changes 2hr 23m

Preston to Cardiff by train

from £37.00

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Middlesbrough to Cardiff by train

from £77.80

Avg 1 change 5hr 18m

Carmarthen to Cardiff by train

from £8.50

Avg 0 changes 1hr 22m

Cambridgeshire to Cardiff by train

from £52.00

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Warrington to Cardiff by train

from £35.00

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Birmingham to Cardiff by train

from £17.00

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York to Cardiff by train

from £35.90

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Menai Bridge to Cardiff by train

from £27.00

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Shrewsbury to Cardiff by train

from £19.00

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Brussels to Cardiff by train

from £81.00

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Kingston upon Hull to Cardiff by train

from £56.40

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Carlisle to Cardiff by train

from £136.50

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Glasgow to Cardiff by train

from £59.00

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Torquay to Cardiff by train

from £14.00

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Crewe to Cardiff by train

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Salisbury to Cardiff by train

from £33.80

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Cambridge to Cardiff by train

from £40.50

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Luton to Cardiff by train

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Saint Athan to Cardiff by train

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Bridgend to Cardiff by train

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Bolton to Cardiff by train

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Doncaster to Cardiff by train

from £109.20

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Poole to Cardiff by train

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Sheffield to Cardiff by train

from £40.70

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Bath to Cardiff by train

from £10.50

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Cheltenham to Cardiff by train

from £8.90

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Leicester to Cardiff by train

from £36.50

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Chesterfield to Cardiff by train

from £39.20

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Newquay to Cardiff by train

from £147.60

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Nuneaton to Cardiff by train

from £27.80

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Leighton Buzzard to Cardiff by train

from £33.70

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Paignton to Cardiff by train

from £18.50

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Brighton to Cardiff by train

from £23.50

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Milton Keynes to Cardiff by train

from £69.90

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Lille to Cardiff by train

from £91.50

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Reading to Cardiff by train

from £36.20

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Lyon to Cardiff by train

from £126.60

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Paris to Cardiff by train

from £118.60

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London to Cardiff by train

from £22.00

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Taunton to Cardiff by train

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Cardiff by train

from £61.90

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Swindon to Cardiff by train

from £8.00

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Southampton to Cardiff by train

from £12.00

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Ipswich to Cardiff by train

from £54.20

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Bournemouth to Cardiff by train

from £24.50

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Barnstaple to Cardiff by train

from £14.00

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Leeds to Cardiff by train

from £43.80

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Chelmsford to Cardiff by train

from £48.50

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Stafford to Cardiff by train

from £28.40

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Sunderland to Cardiff by train

from £78.00

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Oxford to Cardiff by train

from £18.50

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Newton Abbot to Cardiff by train

from £17.70

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Bridgwater to Cardiff by train

from £15.30

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Aberdeen to Cardiff by train

from £420.00

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Lincoln to Cardiff by train

from £46.50

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Banbury to Cardiff by train

from £28.80

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Coventry to Cardiff by train

from £23.10

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Basingstoke to Cardiff by train

from £36.70

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Newport to Cardiff by train

from £5.10

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Ashford to Cardiff by train

from £50.00

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Neath to Cardiff by train

from £10.90

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Huddersfield to Cardiff by train

from £75.40

Avg 1 change 3hr 55m

Liverpool to Cardiff by train

from £25.00

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Hereford to Cardiff by train

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