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Quality of life is one of the big competitive advantages of Cardiff and the surrounding Region. Cardiff is consistently recognised as one of the best cities to live in by residents and in the EU Quality of Life in European Cities survey Cardiff was voted the number 1 UK Core City for quality of life.
The survey also ranked Cardiff as:
- Best quality of life of any UK Core City
- Top UK city for cultural facilities
- Top UK city in terms of quality of public space and top 10 in Europe, with more green space per person than any other UK core city
- Top UK city for retail and 5th best in Europe
- 2nd best UK city for sports facilities
Home to the Principality Stadium (Europe’s largest indoor arena with a retractable roof and a capacity of 75,000), Cardiff is also the place where major world-class sporting events take place such as the UEFA 2017 Champions League Final, international rugby, Ashes cricket and world heavyweight title fights.
South East Wales offers a whole range of activities from world class golf at the Celtic Manor, blue flag beaches including Barry Island, a wide selection of historical landmarks, Caerphilly Castle and national parkland.
Lovers of the arts enjoy Cardiff’s rich and varied cultural life. Cardiff Bay’s Millennium Centre has established itself as a worldclass venue and the city is home to national institutions with international reputations including the Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff which houses one of the finest collections of Impressionist paintings in Europe as well as hosting major touring exhibitions.
Cardiff and its region loves to party! Festival season includes numerous events including the Cardiff Summer Festival, Cardiff Comedy Festival, the International Food and Drink Festival, Pride Cymru Big Weekend, Swn Festival, the Festival of Voice, the National Eisteddfod of Wales as well as the famous Hay Festival in Mid Wales.