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A Snapshot into.. Cardiff

  • April 13, 2020

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and it’s largest City, with an estimated population of 336,000. The City is full of innovative modern architecture alongside landmarks from the city’s past, rich in ancient History. Wales’ Capital city offers a startling range of unique Attractions, top quality Shopping and activities for everyone – all within walking distance. Cardiff is a compact, thriving city just 2 hours by train from London, with a vibrant and beautiful waterfront bay.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the local health boards of NHS Wales and it’s headquarters is the highly reputable University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. The board provides a wide and unique range of services to the local population and wider-Wales.  As they’re a teaching Health Board and a centre of excellence for many areas, they employ some of the best clinicians in their field.

Facts About Cardiff

  • Cardiff was the first Fairtrade capital of the world
  • There are three Castles still standing in Cardiff; Cardiff Castle built in the 12th Century, St Fagan’s Castle built in the 16th Century and Castell Coch Castle built in the 11th century.
  • Famous Author Roald Dahl was born and raised in Cardiff
  • Cardiff is home to the oldest record store in the world, opened in the 19th century
  • The first ever Million-Pound Deal was struck in Cardiff – which happened in 1907 at Cardiff’s Coal Exchange.
  • Sir Henry Captain Morgan, famous today as the face of spiced Rum, was born in an east suburb of Cardiff in 1635
  • Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is the second largest in the World
  • The city is the Green Space Capital of the UK
  • Other famous people born in Cardiff include Ryan Giggs, Charlotte Church, Gareth Bale and Shirley Bassey
  • Cardiff Bay is the perfect place to go for all BBC filming sets, with Sherlock, Torchwood and Doctor Who all being filmed there.

Cost of Living in Cardiff

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Cardiff to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


2 Hours


58 Minutes


3 Hours 30 Minutes


6 Hours


2 Hours


3 Hours 26 Minutes


8 Hours 55 Minutes

Education in Cardiff

Cardiff has a huge variety of schooling options to choose from when addressing Education for children and these differ between Welsh and English speaking. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Cardiff Council Education website here.

Cardiff is also home to three huge Universities, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan and the University of Wales. Cardiff University itself was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and is a member of the ‘Russell Group’, a group of 21 leading UK Intensive Universities. Cardiff University alone has 33,190 students enrolled representing over 130 Countries.

Things to do in Cardiff:

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is the area of water created by the Cardiff Barrage and is bustling with shops, restaurants and attractions that make a visit worthwhile, including Cardiff International Water Sports Village. The Sports Village is an adventure facility that offers canoeing and kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, air trails and climbing. Another very popular summertime location within the Bay is ‘Mermaid Quay’ which boasts more than 30 restaurants, bars, salons and more.

Millenium Centre

The Wales Millennium Centre, situated at the heart of Cardiff Bay, is the nation's home for performing arts and world class entertainment. Visitors come to enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera, ballet and contemporary dance, hip hop and stand up comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, training days, free daily foyer performances, guided tours, bars and restaurants

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital. At once a Roman fort, Norman stronghold and Victorian Gothic masterpiece, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairy-tale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.

Cardiff Shopping

Cardiff shopping has it all: large shopping centers, high street favorites, individual stores and a thriving indoor market. The real highlight of Cardiff’s retail scene are the Victorian and Edwardian arcades, full of independent boutiques and cafes, and worth a visit as architectural gems. Located in central Cardiff, St David’s is it’s leading shopping destination, with over 180 shops, cafes and restaurants to explore.

Relocation to Cardiff

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