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Cardiff has come in at an impressive 6th place in the National Geographic Traveller 10 Best Trips of Summer 2011. These 10 top trips were hand-picked by National Geographic Traveler editors as the best of summer 2011. The list promotes the best places in the world to go for your summer holiday. The list was topped by Muskoka Cottage Country, Ontario, Canada and other top ten entries included Patagonia, Mineapolis and Roatan, Honduras.

This is what National Geographic Traveller had to say about Cardiff, Wales’ capital city.

Historically a city of castles and coal, Wales’s capital is emerging as a modern sports-entertainment destination. Summer action centers on Cardiff Bay, once the world’s largest coal-exporting port, now a 500-acre freshwater lake with eight miles of waterfront.

Surrounding diversions, part of Europe’s largest waterfront development, include shopping and dining at Mermaid Quay, rafting and kayaking at Cardiff International White Water, and windsurfing and powerboating on the bay.

Celebrate the August bank holiday weekend (August 27-29) at the Cardiff Harbour Festival featuring tall ships, free activities, and, new for 2011, the Breitling Wingwalkers aerobatic formation team. From Mermaid Quay, take an Aquabus or water taxi up the River Taff or bike along the Taff Trail to Cardiff’s compact city center. Signature sites here include the free National Museum Cardiff (closed Mondays), iconic Cardiff Castle (host of the Grand Medieval Melee, August 13-14, the 150-store St. David’s (named Global Retail Leisure International’s 2010 international shopping center of the year), and Millennium Stadium, site of several London 2012 Olympic Games soccer matches and the Brit Speedway Grand Prix, June 25.

What more could you need for your UK family summer holiday.

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