The city of Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan (and later South Glamorgan). Cardiff is part of the Eurocities network of the largest European cities. The Cardiff Urban Area covers a slightly larger area outside the county boundary, and includes the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a major port for the transport of coal following the arrival of industry in the region contributed to its rise as a major city.
The historic and dazzling town of Chester dates back to Romano-British times, and is surrounded by ancient Roman walls. Its medieval town centre is little changed on the outside, and is sure to keep your camera clicking all day. One of the great military bases for the Romans, it also has an ancient amphitheatre and gardens. The winding riverside promenade of The Groves, the multitude of irresistible shops, and the sprawling Grosvenor Park are also must sees.
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