Cardiff 2008, Capital City of Wales
Cardiff is a city with a rich and interesting history, and one that embraces culture and the arts in more ways than you may believe, for this Welsh city has much to offer the visitor and plenty to engage those who choose to stay there for a break.
Now officially the Capital of Wales, this charming and diverse city of Cardiff has a population of over 300,000 and is located towards the south of the principality in the county of Glamorgan.
It is perhaps most famous to 21st century sports lovers as the home of the magnificent Millennium Stadium, one of the newest and most advanced football and sporting arenas in Great Britain and home to the famous FA Cup final in the years when Wembley was being rebuilt.
A waterfront city, Cardiff is also home to the Welsh Assembly government building as well as many arts centres, and this led to a concerted effort by the city to be voted the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
This prestigious and much coveted award was won by Glasgow – in Scotland – back in 1990 and Cardiff 2008 entered the running with a strong chance of success. At the final hurdle cardiff 2008 was beaten to the title by Liverpool, the famous port on the Mersey in North West England, and although disappointed Cardiff City could be proud that it had managed to get so far in a very hotly contested contest that is notoriously difficult to win.
The proud Welsh heritage of the city of Cardiff stretches back many centuries, although it was not declared a city until shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Archaeological excavations have placed ancient Neolithic people in the area as long as 6000 years ago, making this a very early inhabited area, and the ongoing history of Cardiff City and the Glamorgan area continues apace from that date on.
This is an area where the Celts – an ancient tribe of Britons – thrived until the invasion of the Roman army some 2000 years ago, and there is still much of Celtic origin and influence to be found in the area, not least the increasingly rarely spoken Welsh language itself.