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Interesting Facts About Cardiff

Cardiff, located on the Taff River in the southeast part of the country on Bristol Channel, was made a city in 1905 and in 1955 it became the capital of Wales. Wales has a long history spanning thousands of years but it was only in 1955 it got its Capital, Cardiff. It started out as a small Roman fort where the castle was built in 1091, from then on a small settlement grew around it. Up until the early 20th century, the City of Cardiff was considered the greatest coal-shipping port in the world. The population of Cardiff in 1801 was 1,870, by 2009 the official estimate of Cardiff’s population was 336,200.

Many young bright students head for Cardiff as it houses four major universities: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff University, University of Wales Institute and the Cardiff University of Glamorgan. One of the most famous and successful former students of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama was Sir Anthony Hopkins. He became very famous and well known thanks to his convincing performance in his role as Hannibal Lecter.

Famous cardiffians as they are known have helped put Cardiff on the map in recent years. The singer Micheal Barret, who is better known as Shakin Stevens originates from Cardiff. Dame Shirley Bassey is another. Cerrys Mathews is another as is the child star Charlotte Church who grew up in the public eye and now worth millions. But it’s not just singers, the author Roald Dahl is another cardiffian as is the poet Dannie Abse. Many sports men and women and come from this city. Boxers Gary Buckland, Joe Erskine, Nicky Piper and Jim Driscol come from this town. A few famous rugby players originate from this city including Bill Boston MBE, Nigel Walker and Terry Holmes.

Now in the 21st century Cardiff is a magnet for the young and dynamic. It is a great place to visit and a great base to explore the coast and culture of south Wales. The popular Sci-Fi show Doctor Who and its spin off Torchwood are filmed in the city. The filming locations are part of some movie location tours which attracts Sci-Fi fans from all over the world. The millennium stadium which opened in 1999 holds many major events including World Class Rugby, Football and Cricket. The stadium can seat a total capacity of 74500. Some of the world’s music icons which can fill stadiums have played there. Madonna played there in 2008 on her Sticky and Sweet tour and more recently in June 2011 Take That played there on their Progress tour.

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