Happy February, Victorianists!

With just a few weeks to go until our call for papers closes on 1 March, we thought you might enjoy a little taste of what the city of Cardiff has to offer. With that in mind, we’ve updated our Location & Travel pages quite extensively to feature both the conference venue for Consuming (the) Victorians and some local attractions. You can also find practical information about getting to and from Cardiffconference accommodation, and eating out in Wales’s capital city.

City of Cardiff

Cardiff is a vibrant and expanding young capital, which has strong historical links to the region, as evidenced by its two castles which were rebuilt in the 19th century, its municipal buildings whose architecture is characteristic of the early 20th century and the docks area which established Cardiff as a major international port. But Cardiff is forward-looking too: since gaining city status in 1905 and becoming the Welsh capital fifty years later, it has continued to grow and diversify in a number of dynamic ways.

In addition to its rich Welsh heritage, the city is home to a large multicultural population; expansions in the last twenty years, particularly through the regeneration of the Cardiff Bay area, has made it a commercial and administrative centre for modern business; the basing of the Welsh Government’s Senedd has solidified Cardiff’s central role in the political fabric of the UK, while its continuing commitment to the arts, sports and culture is evident by the presence of the Welsh Millennium Centre, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, two international stadia and three of the main broadcasting companies (in addition to a many independent ones).

An aerial view of the city, from Cardiff Bay

An aerial view of the city, from Cardiff Bay.