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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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Cambridgeshire to Cardiff by train

from £36.00

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Cambridge to Cardiff by train

from £27.50

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Northampton to Cardiff by train

from £32.30

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Carmarthen to Cardiff by train

from £8.50

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Edinburgh to Cardiff by train

from £56.40

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Peterborough to Cardiff by train

from £27.50

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Norwich to Cardiff by train

from £24.40

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Wrexham to Cardiff by train

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Bolton to Cardiff by train

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Truro to Cardiff by train

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Neath to Cardiff by train

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Preston to Cardiff by train

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Menai Bridge to Cardiff by train

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Sunderland to Cardiff by train

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Lincoln to Cardiff by train

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Brussels to Cardiff by train

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Shrewsbury to Cardiff by train

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Carlisle to Cardiff by train

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Warrington to Cardiff by train

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Glasgow to Cardiff by train

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Weymouth to Cardiff by train

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Barnstaple to Cardiff by train

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Stoke-on-Trent to Cardiff by train

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Winchester to Cardiff by train

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Guildford to Cardiff by train

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Reading to Cardiff by train

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Durham to Cardiff by train

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Torquay to Cardiff by train

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Wolverhampton to Cardiff by train

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York to Cardiff by train

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Liverpool to Cardiff by train

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Cheltenham to Cardiff by train

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Leeds to Cardiff by train

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Manchester to Cardiff by train

from £22.50

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Cardiff by train

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Middlesbrough to Cardiff by train

from £74.40

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Bristol to Cardiff by train

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London to Cardiff by train

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Kingston upon Hull to Cardiff by train

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Bath to Cardiff by train

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Kettering to Cardiff by train

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Leicester to Cardiff by train

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Portsmouth to Cardiff by train

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Bournemouth to Cardiff by train

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Southampton to Cardiff by train

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Luton to Cardiff by train

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Ipswich to Cardiff by train

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Poole to Cardiff by train

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Plymouth to Cardiff by train

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Stafford to Cardiff by train

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Brighton to Cardiff by train

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Gloucester to Cardiff by train

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Nuneaton to Cardiff by train

from £22.10

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Trowbridge to Cardiff by train

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Salisbury to Cardiff by train

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Chester to Cardiff by train

from £23.00

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Crewe to Cardiff by train

from £22.50

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Birmingham to Cardiff by train

from £17.00

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Hereford to Cardiff by train

from £11.50

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Oxford to Cardiff by train

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Coventry to Cardiff by train

from £60.00

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Emsworth to Cardiff by train

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Lille to Cardiff by train

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Windsor to Cardiff by train

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