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Cardiff became the capital of Wales in 1955 and is Europe's youngest capital city. The city is located on the Bristol Channel, with a long maritime history. Today, Cardiff boasts a blend of the ancient and the modern, with stunning Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Cardiff 's name is derived from the Roman General Aulus Didius - Caer Didi, meaning 'Fort of Didius', and the city can trace its history back to Roman times and earlier.

Wales has been described as one of the oldest countries in the world, with evidence of human habitation stretching back nearly 200,000 years. Up to the 13th century, Wales went through a succession of invasions and conquerors from the European Celts, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and the English. Attempts were made in the 13th century to secure Wales as an independent state, but were not entirely successful.

Wales retained its status quo until 1730s, when the Industrial Revolution took hold of it. Coal, copper, slate and tin production led to a sudden increase in population, as well as changing the country's demographic make-up from fragmented rural communities to urbanised mining and industrial centres. The Cardiff Docks were built in 1839 and all the coal and iron from the Welsh valleys was exported from these docks. This made Cardiff one of the busiest ports in the world, bringing with it growth and prosperity. However, this era also brought with it a growth in nationalism, trade unionism, liberalism and strong support for the Labour Party.

Changes began to take place: Plaid Cymru, the Welsh National Party, was formed in 1925; the Welsh language was made legally acceptable in 1942; Cardiff was made the official capital in 1955; a Welsh minister of state was appointed with cabinet rank in the British government in 1964; and today, Plaid Cymru holds several seats in the House of Commons. Welsh culture and language have been revived from the brink of extinction.

Wales is still adjusting to the collapse of its mining and steel industries, and large-scale unemployment is a major issue. Cardiff has managed to rebound from the decline in the maritime industry and is now an important university city, as well as the home of the new Welsh Assembly.

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Macdonald Holland House


Park Plaza Cardiff

Swallow Cardiff (St Mellons)

Cardiff Moat House

Cardiff Moat House and 15 days parking

Holiday Inn Cardiff North

Hanover International Hotel & Club

Jurys Cardiff Hotel

Quality Hotel & Suites Cardiff

The St Davids Hotel & Spa

Hilton Cardiff

Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre

Copthorne Hotel Cardiff - Caerdydd

Angel Hotel

Village Hotel & Leisure Club

Jarvis Wentloog Hotel

Vale Hotel, Golf and Country Club

Travelodge Cardiff West

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