The name Cardiff derives from the medieval Welsh name of Caerdyf which also provides the modern Welsh name of Caerdydd. The first part of the name is the common Welsh noun Caer (fort). The second part is a form of the river name Taf, (Taff. Linguists have shown that this name – 'the fort on the river Taff' – must have first been coined in the British language, back when the Romans occupied Cardiff some 2,000 years ago.
Modern Day Cardiff
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales. Wales' capital city is its main commercial and economic centre and is the home of many national and cultural institutions, including the Parliament for Wales (the Senedd), the Welsh media (BBC), museums and arts centres and the Wales Rugby Union. As capital cities go, it is small with a population of about 362,000 at the time of the last UK Census. But Cardiff is one of Europe's most dynamic, vibrant and fastest growing capital cities. Cardiff Bay, some 2 miles from the city centre is a place of recreation as well as the home to the Senedd, the Wales Millennium Centre and the unusual Norwegian Church with its connections to Roald Dahl!
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Cardiff, Capital City of Wales - Caerdydd, Prifddinas Cymru
Cardiff Bay - Bae Caerdydd
Cardiff Castle - Castell Caerdydd
Cardiff Capital Region - Prifddinas Ranbarth Caerdydd
Cardiff Castle known as Castell Coch - Castell Coch Caerdydd
Cardiff National Museum of Wales - Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd
Cardiff National Museum of History - Amgueddfa Werin Sain Ffagan, Caerdydd
Cardiff Parliament Buildings - Senedd Cymru ac Adeilad y Pierhead, Bae Caerdydd
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You may be interested to know that a popular question asked of us is, "what does Cwtch, cwtches or cwtching mean"? (Cwtch is pronounced as in "butch" in English). Perhaps literally, it means to cuddle or to hug and in that regard there is a saying, "anyone can cuddle but only the Welsh can cwtch". It does have another meaning is a cubbyhole or cupboard; a small space in which to store things safely, such as an under stairs cupboard. Often heard, "give me a cwtch", or "they are cwtching", it should make anybody feel safe, warm and comforted.
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