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Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city, with a population of over 300,000. The city saw rapid growth from the early nineteenth century, associated with the development of the south Wales coalfield and its importance as a port on the Bristol Channel. Cardiff is bordered on the east by the fertile plain of Glamorgan, with the Welsh valleys to the north. Cardiff's flat topography led to the development of one of the world’s largest coal ports, the dock area being known as Tiger Bay. Despite the demise of the coal industry, Cardiff continues to grow, with a large student population of around 60,000. Today, the port of Cardiff, and what is now known as Cardiff bay, has been transformed by the Cardiff Barrage, which contains the lower courses of the Rivers Taff and Ely to form a large freshwater lake. The National Stadium is sited on the banks of the river Taff near the city centre. The map below shows the city as it was around the middle of last century. Click on a selected area of the map to see an enlargement.

Cardiff Map
 Cardiff City Map

Map of Cardiff

Old map of the city of Cardiff circa 1950

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