The red dragon roars with culture and vibrancy in the Welsh capital. Home to two gothic castles, one whose foundations reportedly date back to 50AD, Cardiff is a city that brims with life yet retains its very deep roots in the past. A source of national pride, the majestic Cardiff Castle and the fairy tale Castell Coch are monuments to eccentric that are well worth a visit. But this is also a city that has gown with cosmopolitan influence and creativity. The city centre houses the original Victorian shopping arcades, but is filled with independent cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. A stroll along romantic Mermaid Quay will have you quoting Dylan Thomas in no time! For those who like to spread their wings a little further, Tintern Abbey, Gower (an outstanding area of natural beauty), and the Breacon Beacons – complete with working steam engine are all less than an hour away.