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) is the capital and largest city in Wales and the eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom.

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In addition to serving an important political role in the governance of the fertile south Glamorgan coastal plain, Cardiff was a busy port in the Middle Ages due to its location on the Bristol trading routes, and was declared a Staple port in 1327.

This furthermore led to the town gaining a reputation for piracy, which by the Early Modern period led to much dispute between the burgesses of Cardiff and the surrounding county families.

In the 1790s a racecourse, printing press, bank and coffee house all opened, and Cardiff gained a stagecoach service to London.

Despite these improvements, Cardiff's position in the Welsh urban hierarchy had declined over the 18th century.

The city was awarded the title of European City of Sport twice, due to its role in hosting major international sporting events: first in 2009 and again in 2014., and was perhaps also driven by folk etymology (dydd is Welsh for 'day' whereas dyf has no obvious meaning).

This sound change had probably first occurred in the Middle Ages; both forms were current in the Tudor period.

The unitary authority area's 2016 population was estimated to be 361,468, 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 settlement probably shrank in size and may even have been abandoned.

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