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About Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff is the Welsh capital and the ninth-biggest city in the United Kingdom. The seat of the National Assembly for Wales, it is also the headquarters for most national cultural and sporting institutions and the Welsh national media. When the greater urban area is included, the population of Cardiff is believed to be about 860,000. The most popular tourist destination in Wales, Cardiff attracts more than 18 million visitors annually.
Cardiff Airport is the only airport in Wales. It is situated about 16km west of the city, in a village called Rhoose, and provides domestic and international air links to Cardiff and the rest of Wales. When you rent a car in Cardiff, the M4 will be the main motorway you will use, as it links the city to Swansea in the west, and Newport and London to the east. Cardiff is accessible via three junctions of the M4, as well as the A48(M), which leads onto the M4. The A470 connects Cardiff to the north with the Heads of the Valleys road, mid and north Wales.
Cardiff has undergone substantial change since the 1990s, with the building of a new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay, which incorporates the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex. Cardiff is an important sporting hub, with venues including the Millennium Stadium (the national stadium for the Wales national rugby union team and the Wales national football team), SWALEC Stadium (the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club), Cardiff City Stadium (the home of Cardiff City football team), Cardiff International Sports Stadium (the home of Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club) and Cardiff Arms Park (the home of Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC rugby union teams).