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Cardiff is bordered to the west by the rural district of the Vale of Glamorgan—also known as The Garden of Cardiff— to the east by the city of Newport, to the north by the South Wales Valleys and to the south by the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel. The River Taff winds through the centre of the city and together with the River Ely flows into the freshwater lake of Cardiff Bay. A third river, the Rhymney flows through the east of the city entering directly into the Severn Estuary. Its location and geographic features were influential in its development as the world's largest coal port, most notably its proximity and easy access to the coal fields of the south Wales valleys.
Today, Cardiff is the main financial and business centre in Wales and the city was recently placed seventh overall in the top 50 European cities and also ranked seventh in attracting foreign investment. Cardiff is one of the most popular tourist destination cities in the United Kingdom, receiving around 18 million visitors in 2010 and generating £852 million for the city's economy. There are a large number of hotels of varying sizes and standards in the city, providing almost 9,000 available bed spaces.
Located in the coast in South Wales, the city of Swansea lies on the Gower Peninsular and is the second largest city in Wales. Getting around the city and beyond to the Gower Peninsular is relatively straight forward. Bus services are operated by First Cymru and Veolia operate frequent services with all services departing from the city's bus station. There are also connection services to and from Swansea railway station.
Located on the quayside of Swansea Marina, originally the South Dock of 1859, the National Waterfront Museum stands in the former commercial heart of one of Wales's foremost industrial towns. There are 15 themed galleries each telling a different aspect of this crucial period in Welsh history using a mix of touch screen technology and real objects, enabling visitors to be in charge of tracing their own experience of the fascinating, and still evolving, story of industrial Wales.
Swansea Bay has a five mile sweep of coastline which features a beach, promenade, children's lido, leisure pool, marina and maritime quarter containing the Swansea Museum. Also in this area is the Dylan Thomas Centre which celebrates the life and work of the author.