Cardiff, Wales' capital city, has an ethralling past and an exciting future. It is a city proud of its culture, history and language which has undergone a fascinating journey over the last 2000 years, emerging as an exciting, vibrant and attractive European capital city.
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Below you'll find details of language, population, currency and other useful information:
Location: South East Wales (Cymru)
Key Dates: First Roman fort established in AD55. Made a city in 1905 by King Edward VII. Made capital of Wales in 1955.
Welsh name: Caerdydd (pronounced Cayer- deeth)
Currency: British Pound Sterling
Population: 321,000 (2009 approx) 10% students
Phone Code: Country code: 44, area code: 029
Emergency telephone number: 999 (Use country code if applicable)
Time zone: GMT British Summer Time (=GMT + 1) from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Geography: Situated on the Bristol Channel, Cardiff is a waterside city, with a freshwater lake which is controlled by the Barrage. Cardiff is an extremely flat city, only rising to hills in the north of the city suburbs. Surrounding Cardiff is open countryside, leading to the Vale of Glamorgan in the west, Newport in the east and into Caerphilly in the north.
Distance: Cardiff to London journey time by train is approximately 2.5 hours. By car London is easily accessible via the M4 motorway.
Politics: Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and is the focal point for devolved government and decision making at the National Assembly of Wales, The Senedd, in Cardiff Bay.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; square three-pin plugs are standard.
Average January temp: 4.5°C (40°F).
Average July temp: 16°C (61°F).
Language: English and Welsh
Tipping: A tip of around 10% is customary in restaurants. Round up for taxis. Tipping in bars is rare.