Gay Cardiff: Gem of Wales

Located on the south coast of Wales, Cardiff is a popular summer vacation destination. It's a compact city and the gay scene reflects the warm, small-town quality.

The city has come a long way from its coal port city origins. Today, it's a charmingly cosmopolitan place to explore. Home to fascinating buildings like the Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff offers upscale dining, art galleries, and shopping. The bay is also an excellent place to explore the Bristol Channel by birdwatching along the Wetland Reserve, walking along one of the many docks, or taking a cruise down the Channel.

Cardiff also knows how to party, throwing the UK's biggest gay event of all: Cardiff Mardi Gras. Forty thousand people come to this summer event each year to see an eclectic array of live music and events centered around the city's oldest landmark, Cardiff Castle. Nightlife tends to be young and intimate, largely dominated by students from Cardiff's four universities. And most of the gay pubs and clubs can be found on Charles Street or in nearby Bute Terrace.

Cardiff is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs, too. The Centenary Walk combines these two hobbies seamlessly with a 2.2 mile walkway around the town that passes by over 40 historical landmarks. Cardiff is a highly walkable city even without this path, as most attractions are close to each other and signs for popular sights make navigation easy.

Cardiff and its surrounding areas feature lovely rivers and parks, just waiting to be explored--that is if you can pull yourself away from the friendly, fun LGBTQ scene for a short while.

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