Cardiff is located on the south coast of Wales and is the largest city in the country. It is also Wales' capital city. Cardiff is a major centre of culture, sport and history in the UK. It has a population of 320,000 people with approximately 18% of these people being able to speak and understand the Welsh language. The Welsh name for Cardiff is "Caerdydd".
Cardiff has a variety of cultural events all year round. The biggest is the Big Weekend Festival held each year in late July or early August in the city centre. Theme Parks are visible at the event as well as many rides and family attractions. The event is attended by over 200,000 visitors each year. Cardiff Castle is a popular place for events to be held, and the castle is a popular tourist attraction in itself. On the outskirts of the city, Castell Coch (Welsh for Red Castle) can be seen from the M4 motorway perched high on the hillside overlooking the city in the distance. With the border with England less than 30 minutes drive away, Cardiff is close to a wide road network that feeds off to England, West to Swansea and beyong and also northwards towards the South Wales valleys and towns such as Pontyridd, Merthyr Tydfill. The city has a good rail and bus network providing links to Birmingham, Machester, London, Bristol and beyond. A large proportion of Cardiff's city centre is pedestrianised with more of the roads planned to be converted to pedestrian only in the next few years. Cardiff International Airport is the only main airport in Wales - and it provides a variety of both domestic and international flights.
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