Cardiff is a fantastic to live, and tipped to be one of the top 10 employment growth cities in the UK by the end of 2023. With a population of around 360,000-370,000 it is the 11th Largest city in the UK, and due to there being four universities with campus’ in the city, it also has one of the largest student populations in the UK. During term time, the population of the city grows by around 10%, purely due to the students.
A popular location for stag and hen do’s, Cardiff is regularly named as having one of the best nightlife’s in the UK due to its compact nature, variety of bars and clubs, and their proximity to each other. On a Friday and Saturday night there can easily be in excess of 50,000 people from Cardiff, South East Wales, and further afield, partying the night away. If drinking and dancing aren’t your thing, not a problem. Cardiff there is plenty of culture in the city as well. The Wales Millennium Centre is located in Cardiff Bay, and is home to The Welsh National Opera. St David’s Hall is a concert hall that plays host to the Welsh Proms, and the Welsh Singer of the World competition, as well as many other concerts and events through out the year, and the Welsh National Museum’s art gallery boasts one of the best art collections in Europe, and is home to over 7000 works of art. More into Theatre? No problem, we have The New Theatre and Sherman Theatre hosting both independent productions and bigger touring productions. Not to mention outdoor theatre every summer in Sophia Gardens.
Think of yourself as a foodie? 7 of the top 10 restaurants in Wales, are in Cardiff, and it seems like a new restaurant is opening up every month.
Live Music? Yep. Cardiff has that covered, whether it is the best acts in the world performing in the 74,500 capacity Principality Stadium. Outdoor concerts for 35,000 people at the Cardiff City Stadium, 15,000 people at Sophia Gardens, or 10,000 people inside Cardiff Castle or at Alexandra Head. A concert in the 7,000 capacity Motorpoint Arena, the smaller venues such as the 2000 capacity Great Hall, or 1000 capacity Tramshed. Or a small intimate gig at one of the many many many independent live music venues dotted around the city, and on Womanby Street in particular, where acts such as The Stereophonics, Adele & Coldplay (amongst others) all performed at the start of their careers.
Perhaps sport is your thing? Cardiff most definitely has you covered. 3 of the 4 largest sports stadiums in Wales are in Cardiff. Including the Principality Stadium, which is the 4th largest stadium in the UK. The largest stadium with a retractable roof in Europe, and the 2nd largest with a retractable roof in the world. As well as home to the Wales Rugby & Football teams, Cardiff is also home to Cardiff City FC, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff RFC, Cardiff Devils & Glamorgan Cricket Club. As long as the Welsh National Associations of just about every sport you can think, and sports governing body in Wales, Sports Wales. An Olympic size swimming pool, and Olympic Standard white water rafting course can be found in Cardiff Bay. There are 3 golf clubs in the city itself, and numerous others within 30 minutes, including the 2010 Ryder Cup course at the Celtic Manor Resort. Its not just playing sport the city does well at, hosting it is not a problem either. In the last 15 years, Cardiff has hosted 2 Heavyweight Boxing World Title fights, numerous other boxing world titles fights at lower weights. UEFA Champions League Final. Volvo round the world yacht race. Rugby World Cup. Cricket World Cup matches. Olympic Football. British Speedway Grand Prix. World Half Marathon Championship and more.
If you like to get into the outdoors, then don’t worry. Once more Cardiff has you covered. From the 500 acre freshwater lake, with 8 miles of coastline that is Cardiff Bay. To the 30 Acre Roath Park Lake via the 130 acre Bute Park, with numerous other parks and public gardens around the City. Cardiff has more open green space than most cities in the UK. If you want to escape city life totally, then its around an hour to the West is The Gower peninsula with some of the best beaches in the world. Less than an hour to the North and you are in the wilderness of The Brecon Beacons National Park and South Wales highest mountain Pen y Fan. Travel less than an hour east, and you can be in The Forest of Dean. We wouldn’t recommend travelling south, unless you have a boat, because Cardiff sits on the Severn Estuary. Which has the 2nd highest tidal surge in the world.
Welcome to Cardiff
Its safe to say Cardiff has a lot to offer, and a lot of things to do. When someone first moves to the city, finding all there is to offer is daunting prospect. It is one of the great things about moving somewhere new. The discovery of things, but it can take a long time. All whilst learning your way around a strange city. Many people just don’t feel settled until they have found their way about, and where they can indulge their interests and hobbies.
That is where our “Welcome to Cardiff Tour” comes in.
Our Welcome to Cardiff Tour incorporates our Cardiff City Tour, and then extends it. The tour lasts 3-4 hours and we don’t just show you the “tourist highlights” we go into more detail and show you more of the city. Let us know your likes, interests and hobbies before the tour, and we will show you where in Cardiff you can indulge these. We will show you the best way to get too and from your new home and where you are working / studying. Both by public transport, and driving / walking / cycling. Where you can shop. We will show you more of the city to give you a better understanding of your new home. We will even show you those places that you wont even think about, until you need them. Places like The Hospital, Out of Hours Doctors, Emergency Dentist. Even what places to avoid at certain times, and when to avoid them. Cardiff is an incredibly safe city, but it is still a city, with the same risks in some places at certain times as any other city in the world.
Whether you have recently moved to Cardiff and are still learning your way round. Are about to move to Cardiff, or even just thinking about moving here, a “Welcome to Cardiff Tour” is essential to help you either, get settled into your new home, or decide to move here.
Book a Tour
To book a Welcome to Cardiff Tour, or see what “off the shelf” tours we have available, visit our Tours page by clicking here
Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 029 2268 0850
We look forward to welcoming you to your new home.