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The compact city centre, which lies a few minutes walk from the campus, successfully combines the traditional and modern to provide one of the finest regional shopping centres in Britain. This spacious, pedestrian area features a mixture of major department stores and individual shops, a network of glass canopied Victorian and Edwardian arcades, indoor and outdoor markets and several large, contemporary complexes.

Cardiff offers an excellent range of leisure, entertainment and sporting facilities and is within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Glamorganshire Heritage coastline and a plethora of historic tourist attractions, which are scattered throughout South Wales.

The City has a thriving nightlife, including a vast range of lively pubs, wine bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Concerts to suit all tastes are held in the Millennium Stadium, Motorpoint Arena and St David's Hall.

Cardiff Bay has been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage.
It is one of the largest redevelopment projects in Europe and has reunited the city with its waterfront. A number of boat tours operate from Mermaid Quay, which allow you to gain an understanding of the history and fauna of this exciting area. A new water taxi service operates throughout the year from the bay to the city centre and Penarth.

The bay is home to a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre - ideal for all the family, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the brand new Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning and international arts centre. For further information please visit

Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village, has a 12-screen cinema, ten pin bowling, restaurants and bars. Please see the links below for further details.  

The new International Sports Village has a wide range of sporting activities including an ice rink, canoe slalom, and a 50m International Pool.