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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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Cambridge to Cardiff by train

from £27.50

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Winchester to Cardiff by train

from £46.30

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Norwich to Cardiff by train

from £28.90

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Bath to Cardiff by train

from £10.50

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Newquay to Cardiff by train

from £99.00

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Edinburgh to Cardiff by train

from £57.70

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Menai Bridge to Cardiff by train

from £27.00

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Ipswich to Cardiff by train

from £70.30

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Stoke-on-Trent to Cardiff by train

from £27.20

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Derby to Cardiff by train

from £23.20

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Ashford to Cardiff by train

from £35.00

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Brighton to Cardiff by train

from £18.50

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Fareham to Cardiff by train

from £62.40

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Portsmouth to Cardiff by train

from £13.50

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Loughborough to Cardiff by train

from £43.30

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Coventry to Cardiff by train

from £23.10

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Leicester to Cardiff by train

from £23.20

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Swansea to Cardiff by train

from £11.00

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Chichester to Cardiff by train

from £51.40

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Stockport to Cardiff by train

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Taunton to Cardiff by train

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Newton Abbot to Cardiff by train

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Preston to Cardiff by train

from £89.00

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Peterborough to Cardiff by train

from £33.00

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Bristol to Cardiff by train

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Sheffield to Cardiff by train

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Kingston upon Hull to Cardiff by train

from £35.90

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Glasgow to Cardiff by train

from £73.00

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Crewe to Cardiff by train

from £30.50

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Bridgwater to Cardiff by train

from £15.30

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Sunderland to Cardiff by train

from £78.00

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Guildford to Cardiff by train

from £39.90

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Southampton to Cardiff by train

from £10.50

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Poole to Cardiff by train

from £25.00

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Leighton Buzzard to Cardiff by train

from £32.30

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Plymouth to Cardiff by train

from £21.50

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Milton Keynes to Cardiff by train

from £26.10

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Banbury to Cardiff by train

from £28.80

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Brussels to Cardiff by train

from £81.00

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Weston-super-Mare to Cardiff by train

from £18.20

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Reading to Cardiff by train

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Oxford to Cardiff by train

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Wigan to Cardiff by train

from £37.00

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Newcastle upon Tyne to Cardiff by train

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Nuneaton to Cardiff by train

from £22.10

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Didcot to Cardiff by train

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Swindon to Cardiff by train

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Barnstaple to Cardiff by train

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Trowbridge to Cardiff by train

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Luton to Cardiff by train

from £21.00

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Paignton to Cardiff by train

from £24.00

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Tonypandy to Cardiff by train

from £5.80

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Carlisle to Cardiff by train

from £136.50

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Weymouth to Cardiff by train

from £29.00

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Hereford to Cardiff by train

from £11.50

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Durham to Cardiff by train

from £49.90

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Neath to Cardiff by train

from £10.90

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London to Cardiff by train

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Paris to Cardiff by train

from £96.20

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Gloucester to Cardiff by train

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Newport to Cardiff by train

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Stafford to Cardiff by train

from £36.00

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Huddersfield to Cardiff by train

from £75.40

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Kettering to Cardiff by train

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Bridgend to Cardiff by train

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