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Quality of Life

Quality of life is one of the big competitive advantages of the Cardiff Capital Region. Cardiff is consistently recognised as one of the best cities to live in by residents, and in the 2024 EU Study was ranked the best city in Europe for families and young people.



Cardiff Capital Region has it all – vibrant city life, stunning coastline and incredible countryside.

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.

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

Top Ten

UK city for Shopping
Source: Which 2021

The Cardiff Capital Region offers a whole range of activities from world class golf at the Celtic Manor in Newport, blue flag beaches including Barry Island, a wide selection of historical landmarks, with Cardiff Castle in the heart of the city steeped in 2000 years of history, Castell Coch and the Caerleon Roman Legionary Fortess plus for adrenalin junkies Bike Park Wales and Zip World in Aberdare.

Lovers of the arts enjoy the Region’s rich and varied cultural life. Cardiff Bay’s Millennium Centre has established itself as a world-class 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.

The Region loves to party! Festival season includes numerous events including the Steel House Festival in Ebbw Vale, Cardiff Comedy Festival, the International Food and Drink Festival, Pride Cymru Big Weekend, Sŵn Festival, the Festival of Voice, the National Eisteddfod of Wales as well as the famous Hay Festival in Mid Wales.

The Region boasts a plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs catering to every taste and Cardiff has become a venue that the world’s leading performers want to play, hosting Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.

Simply put, people love living across our Region – a location which makes it easy to find a great work/life balance.

A city region with a quality of life you’ll enjoy.

Photo credit: Tom Davies | tomaesh.co.uk

More great reasons to invest in CCR

Our capital city, Cardiff, has experienced jobs growth over 20% in the past decade, with visitor numbers growing by 50%.
To compete well in today’s global economy you need confidence in a highly skilled, adaptable and dependable workforce. In our Region we have a youthful workforce with diverse skills, talent, motivation and loyalty.
The Cardiff Capital Region is in a strategically strong position with excellent access to mainline rail networks.
Cardiff’s diverse economy is among the most competitive of the UK Core Cities. The heavy industry of the past has given way to flourishing service and knowledge-driven sectors.
In Wales, the Welsh Government have set an ambitious target of delivering 20,000 new low carbon affordable homes this Government term.
The South Wales Metro is a once in a lifetime public investment of £1.3bn in our railways. This will transform the railway of the South Wales Valleys into a modern, electric, turn-up-and-go Metro.
The Cardiff Capital Region is renowned for hosting conferences and we are proud of our reputation as a leading destination for national and international events in our cities of Cardiff and Newport.
The Cardiff Capital Region provides clear cost advantages with competitive property costs in comparison with other major UK cities.
To drive success in the commercial arena we have set up costed and targeted funds that help to create such environments.