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Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Founded in 1949, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is Wales' National Conservatoire and a centre of excellence for the performing arts, specialising in music, acting, stage management, technical theatre, theatre design, arts management and music therapy. The College is located at Cardiff Castle, Wales, and has around 550 students studying on its campus. Undergraduate degrees, postgraduate degree and diploma courses are offered in music, acting, stage management and theatre design.

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Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history.

Roman Fort
The Roman fort at Cardiff was probably established at the end of the 50s AD, on a strategic site that afforded easy access to the sea. Archaeological excavations indicate that this was the first of four forts, each a different size, that occupied the present site. Remains of the Roman wall can be seen today.

Norman Keep
After the Norman conquest, the Castle’s keep was built, re-using the site of the Roman fort. The first keep on the motte, erected by Robert Fitzhamon, Norman Lord of Gloucester, was probably built of wood. Further medieval fortifications and dwellings followed over the years.

Bute Family
The Castle passed through the hands of many noble families until in 1766, it passed by marriage to the Bute family. The 2nd Marquess of Bute was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world’s greatest coal exporting port. The Castle and Bute fortune passed to his son John, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who by the 1860s was reputed to be the richest man in the world.

William Burges
From 1866 the 3rd Marquess employed the genius architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration. The 3rd Marquess died when he was only 53 in 1900.

Despite huge death duties on the estate, the 4th Marquess completed many of his father’s restoration projects including the reconstruction of the Roman wall. The Bute family continued to stay at the Castle throughout the 1920s and 1930s, although they had sold off many of their business interests in south Wales.

A gift to the city of Cardiff
Following the death of the 4th Marquess of Bute, the family decided to give the Castle and much of its parkland to the city of Cardiff. For 25 years, the Castle was home to the National College of Music and Drama and since 1974 has become one of Wales’most popular visitor attractions.

‘The Essential Cardiff Castle’by Castle Curator Matthew Williams is the definitive guidebook to the fascinating history of this site and is available from the Castle Gift Shop.

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Principality Stadium - Cardiff

The Principality Stadium is the first in the UK - and the biggest in the world - to have a retractable roof, which takes 20 minutes to open or close, making it an all-weather stadium. The roof is supported by four corner masts which reach 93 metres into the sky, making it the tallest building in Wales. The world famous Principality Stadium has 72,500 seats and provides a wealth of sports and entertainment such as football and rugby matches and concerts. The Principality Stadium Cardiff is also home of the Wales national squad. The Principality Stadium is located on the site of the old Cardiff Arms Park based in Cardiff City centre.

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Cardiff City Football Club

The John Smiths Grange End is a large former open terrace that now has a roof installed. This end is shared between home and away supporters. Opposite is the Spar Family Stand. This small, covered, all seated stand, has a number of supporting pillars running across the front. The overall appearance of this stand has changed recently, with the roof repainted with a large advert for the Clubs sponsors Redrow. On one side of the ground is the Popular Bank Stand. This has a raised seating area to its rear and terracing at its front. There are a couple of supporting pillars in the seated area, whilst the roof does not cover the front terrace.

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Cardiff Central Railway Station

Cardiff Central (Welsh:Caerdydd Canolog) is the largest railway station in Wales and the only station in Cardiff to be situated on the Great Western Main Line. It is an interchange station for local services on the main line, cross-country express trains, and suburban services on the Valley Lines rail network. The station is operated by Arriva Trains Wales, though the exterior signage (larger than the name of the station) still reads Great Western Railway, the name of the company who built it. It is located in Central Square and was formerly known as Cardiff General. The railway station forecourt —in the practical manner common in continental Europe but relatively rare in Great Britain —accommodates Cardiff's central bus station.

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The University of Wales Institute - Llandaff Campus

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff was established in 1996;however its roots date back to the mid 1800s. It comprises of the schools of Art & Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management, and Sport, and currently enrolls nearly 10,000 students. The University, located at Cardiff, Wales, consists of four campuses that are located at Llandaff on Western Avenue, Cyncoed, Colchester Avenue and Howard Gardens at City Center. Programs are offered in the fields of art and design, sciences, business and information technology, teacher training, humanities, social sciences, health, sport, engineering, tourism and leisure.

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The University of Wales Institute - Howard Gardens Campus

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff was established in 1996;however its roots date back to the mid 1800s. It comprises of the schools of Art & Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management, and Sport, and currently enrolls nearly 10,000 students. The University, located at Cardiff, Wales, consists of four campuses that are located at Llandaff on Western Avenue, Cyncoed, Colchester Avenue and Howard Gardens at City Center. Programs are offered in the fields of art and design, sciences, business and information technology, teacher training, humanities, social sciences, health, sport, engineering, tourism and leisure.

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The University of Wales Institute - Colchester Avenue Campus

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff was established in 1996;however its roots date back to the mid 1800s. It comprises of the schools of Art & Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management, and Sport, and currently enrolls nearly 10,000 students. The University, located at Cardiff, Wales, consists of four campuses that are located at Llandaff on Western Avenue, Cyncoed, Colchester Avenue and Howard Gardens at City Center. Programs are offered in the fields of art and design, sciences, business and information technology, teacher training, humanities, social sciences, health, sport, engineering, tourism and leisure.

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The University of Wales Institute - Cyncoed Campus

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff was established in 1996;however its roots date back to the mid 1800s. It comprises of the schools of Art & Design, Education, Health Sciences, Management, and Sport, and currently enrolls nearly 10,000 students. The University, located at Cardiff, Wales, consists of four campuses that are located at Llandaff on Western Avenue, Cyncoed, Colchester Avenue and Howard Gardens at City Center. Programs are offered in the fields of art and design, sciences, business and information technology, teacher training, humanities, social sciences, health, sport, engineering, tourism and leisure.

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St Fagans National History Museum - Cardiff

St Fagans opened on 1 July 1948. Since then, it has established itself as one of Europe's foremost open air museums and become Wales's most popular heritage attraction. The Museum shows how the people of Wales lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the last five hundred years, and over the past fifty years it has inspired generations of visitors with its exploration of Welsh history and tradition. The Museum stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house generously donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. The 100-acre parkland now has over forty original buildings, moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected to show how the people of Wales lived at various times in history.

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Radyr Golf Club - Cardiff

With its magnificent views overlooking the City of Cardiff and the Bristol Channel beyond, Radyr has one of the most idyllic settings in South Wales. Nestling in rural heathland its gentle undulations provide both members and visitors with a course which is a delight to the eye, yet which offers the sternest of challenges to golfers of all standards. At 6053 yards the layout of the course today has changed little from the original finalised by Colt of Sunningdale in 1915. Its greatest feature is the fact that every hole provides a separate and very different challenge and any golfer who has visions of 'taking it apart' is very quickly disillusioned. Wayward shots are invariably punished and the magnificent but testing greens will reward only the smoothest of putting strokes.

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Cardiff Airport

A series of major expansion projects, designed to boost the capacity of the Terminal Building and enhance overall operational efficiency, commenced in early 1993. The projects included re-development of the landside forecourt area, expansion and modernisation of the International Departures Lounge, plus modification of the roadway access to the Terminal, and construction of a new security access point. In April 1995, due to planned Local Government re-organisation in Wales, the Airport Company was privatised, with shares being sold to Welsh property and development firm, TBI Plc. Since the privatisation, Cardiff International Airport's success has continued, ranking as one of the UK's most successful regional airports.

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