As we approach the end of yet another year. The Cardiff Window Cleaning Company, thought for a bit of fun, to list a few interesting facts about the city we work in.
The capital of Wales has a rich history and offers plenty of attractions that can suit just about anyone’s tastes. It’s one of the most visited cities in the region, but you may not know what really makeS it stand out. or what draws so many people to it year after year. So here are a few facts about Cardiff that may just tell you a few titbits you didn’t even know.
Cardiff is famous for its sports. That’s mostly rugby, but football is also quite popular here too. The Millennium Stadium has a huge sliding roof and is one of the largest stadiums in the world to offer such a feature.
It hosts tons of tourists. We mentioned that Cardiff sees a lot of visitors every year, but for a city that doesn’t usually make it into the top 10 tourist destinations in Europe, its 18 million visitors each year is impressive.
It has no shortage of castles. In fact, the city is said to have more castles than any other in the world. While many of these exist only as remains, there are still plenty of them still standing.
Cardiff has been called ‘home’ by many a famous person over the years. The writer of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and You Only Live Twice, Roald Dahl, is perhaps its most famous figure. Another James Bond alumni- singer Shirley Bassey– also called the city home. The famed Pirate Henry Morgan was also born in Cardiff, as well as the comedian Griff Rhys-Jones.
The oldest record shop in the world is in Cardiff. Back when it opened in 1894, Spillers sold wax cylinders that were to be used in the phonograph, which had just been invented.
For those who love shopping, St. David’s Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in all of the United Kingdom.
Cardiff has a number of different tourist attractions, including the National Gallery of Wales and Cardiff Castle.