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Living in Cardiff, Wales:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

11 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Cardiff, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 11 people living in Cardiff what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Cardiff, in spite of being a small city, contains everything you would want in a large city. Everything is within a perfectly walkable or bikeable distance, especially the famous bay area. Having said this, as a capital city, it also has superb transport links; the town centre is due to be pedestrianised as part of a restructuring of the city’s public transport.

Anyone moving to this quiet natured, small capital city should know the amount people care about rugby. Be aware on some days it’s inexcusable to go outside without sporting a dragon plastered ensemble and its unfathomable to get a pub seat whilst it’s occurring. I’d recommend staying inside during the surrounding day’s hard-liquor onslaught.

Cardiff has grown considerably in the last ten years. Now, there is a variety of restaurants from which to choose. Attractions such as the Millennium Centre and Big Pit have increased in popularity as their management and promotion has improved. Cardiff is situated in an ideal location on the coast not far from the mountains of the Brecon Beacons, or the seaside pleasures of Pembrokeshire. Equally, its proximity to the M4 means that it is well-connected to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Stephanie, says: 2020

The city has a vast array of beautiful sights and is friendly, eclectic and multicultural. It is also approximately 20 minutes away from the seaside resort of Barry Island and you are able to reach mountainous countryside within the same time period. The city centre has been renovated in recent years and now comprises of three shopping centres surrounded by the ancient walls of Cardiff Castle. The city is an amalgamation of historic and modern ingenuity and I would thoroughly recommend Cardiff as a place to live.

Anyone visiting Cardiff should know as the capital of Wales, there is a strong sense of Welsh identity and culture. Cardiff is a popular tourist destination, but luckily is a lot cheaper and easy to navigate than other UK cities such as London and Manchester. Accommodation within walking distance of the city center may not be manageable on a budget but transport links are excellent wherever you are in the area.

Kirsty, says: 2020

Cardiff is very green for a capital city, with parks throughout the urban landscape. It is a friendly and diverse place. You can find anything and everything in the old arcades and indoor market, from records to local Welsh lamb. Always take an umbrella with you, even if it looks sunny, as the weather can turn in no time at all.

Susannah, says: 2020

Cardiff city is very lively and friendly. It is multicultural. There are lots of things to do and places to visit in Cardiff. Cardiff Castle is one of the most popular attraction site. There are also many fantastic restaurants close to the city centre that provide excellent food and a variety of cuisines.

Lorien, says: 2020

Cardiff; home of Rugby, Welsh cakes and Doctor Who. A treasure trove of history and culture with Cardiff Castle in the City Centre. There’s fun to be had inland, in the various pubs and award winning parks, or by the shore, at the highly acclaimed Cardiff Bay. Take a walk along the various River trails, or hire a bike to explore the city. There is something for everyone.

Kimberli, says: 2020

Cardiff is known by its occupants as a friendly and diverse city. Although it is a reasonably small city compared to other cities within the UK, there are plenty of places to go and things to do. I recommend some of our culturally enriching activities such as visiting the National Museum, Cardiff Castle or the Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff is a fun, vibrant place and it is extremely well-suited to students, young people and new families.

Cardiff is the UK’s “Music City,” which is a title that acknowledges the city’s significance as Wales’ cultural hub and shines light upon the influence of the music that is breaking out of Wales on the rest of the UK music scene. The city has several interesting grassroots venues, which have been a starting point for many (now famous) South Wales bands, such as Boy Azooga, Super Furry Animals and the Stereophonics.

Catherine, says: 2020

Cardiff is a wonderful place for anyone who desires the perks of living in a capital city, but doesn’t want to feel stifled by the busyness of city life. There is plenty of natural beauty around, and people are warm and sociable. In comparison to other hubs in the UK, it is easy on the wallet!

Kirsty, says: 2020

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