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Do you think you know everything about Cardiff?

Our town of Cardiff in the south of Wales is not only beautiful to visit but has a long history of interesting events and curious happenings. Not only are there rather curious stories to be told but Cardiff is also a very modern European city as it was made the first Fair Trade Capital in the world in 2004.

Interestingly, Cardiff is still Europe’s smallest capital city. At one time though even Buffalo Bill and his Wild West show came to Cardiff during the 1890s and 1900s.

Coincidentally, the smallest man in the world visited Cardiff in 1857 with his performance show.
Charles Stratton was 102 cm at his tallest and toured the world with his act even performing for Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales.

A very modern building in the city is Millenium Stadium also known as Principality Stadium where sports and music events are held equally as often throughout the year. Some of the last acts included the BeyoncĂ© & Jay-Z “On the Run II” Tour as well as Ed Sheeran in the last months. One of its benefits is the sliding retractable roof which is one of the largest in the world. To keep seagulls and pigeons at bay, a professionally trained falcon is touring the stadium every once in a while.

One thing Cardiff can’t get enough seems to be castles.
There are three castles you can visit in Cardiff which are Cardiff Castle (shown above), Castell Coch and St. Fagan’s Castle. This is relatively normal as the whole of Wales has over 600 castles in total!

Cardiff is also home to the oldest record store in the world. Spillers Records was established in 1894 and is still open in its new home in the Morgan Arcade.
In the early 1920s, the owner’s son Edward took over the running of the business and, with the aid of the popular accordionist and band leader, Joe Gregory, sold musical instruments alongside the pre-recorded music.

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Peartree Languages is a language school located in Cardiff.


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