Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. Located on the south coast of the country it is administered as a unitary authority. It is in the historic county of Glamorgan and is recognised as one of the more appealing cities in the UK.
It was a small town until the early nineteenth century and came to prominence as a major port for the transport of coal following the arrival of industry in the region. It eventually grew to become the largest city in Wales and serves as a major centre of culture, sport and history in the United Kingdom.
Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955. Today, it is the 14th largest city in the United Kingdom. Cardiff Urban Area includes most of the city, along with the adjoining settlements of Dinas Powys, Penarth and Radyr, and is the 21st largest urban area in the UK.
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