Cardiff, Wales is a city with quite a varied collection of literary illuminaries: Poets, novelists, and chroniclers move within its literary circles and sometimes beyond, where the rest of the world gets to experience their talent. Ken Follett, author of The Eye Of The Needle, The Key To Rebecca, and other novels of intrigue and suspense, is one of these, born in Cardiff.  

So was Gillian Clarke, an extensive writer of poetry who, in 1999, won the distinguished Glyndwr Award for her contribution to the arts in Wales. Her most recent work is  Making The Beds For The Dead, published in 2004. Peter Finch is another Cardiff native, specializing in poetry and short stories. He has also authored a series of two books on Cardiff:  Real Cardiff and Real Cardiff Two: The Greater City. The books comprehensively cover Cardiff in all its glory and some of its notoriety. Cardiff's history, lore, and secrets are blended together to make a concoction anyone would enjoy. Several original poems and reminiscences give the reader an inside feel for the city. 

If you enjoy the sport of Rugby and its history, read Alan Evan's and Duncan Gardiner's chronicle of the Cardiff Rugby Football Club 1940-2000, covering 60 years of the sport in Cardiff.

Travel Pictorial - Country or Natural Wonder

Always browse any or all Travel Pictorial books about a country, region or a natural wonder of the world. You will find excellent photography to view at leisure. Check out any bookstore or library (lending or reference).

Travel Guide(s) - Country, Region or City

Always glance through any Travel Guide for the region you are planning to visit. You will always find some nugget of useful information. The layout and content will always vary with the publisher. Every traveller should make it a priority to browse one or all of the guides listed below. It will be a great education to browse the layout and view the excellent photography. You decide which of the travel guide(s) you like the best.

  • DK Eyewitness Travel Guide(s)
  • Insight / Discovery Channel Travel Guide(s)
  • Lonely Planet Guide(s)
  • AA Explorer, AA Key or AA Spiral Guide(s)
  • Note: You will find about thirteen ( 13+ ) other publishing companies  travel guides in bookstores.  

Travel Books - Children or Junior

Browse the children's or junior section of your local library for travel and geography guides. You will find a variety of guides to countries, regions or natural wonders of the world. The majority of these guides will be less than fifty pages in length. They will contain an excellent overview of a country etc. They are an excellent introduction to travel for a novice traveller.

Travel DVD or Video Viewing

  • These are a few ideas for finding Travel DVD's in your local area.
  • Local Video Rental Store
  • Local Library - Travel Video or DVD
  • Any large music store will have a range of travel DVD's or Video's on sale.
  • Travel Video Store has an excellent internet site.
  • BBC Video series website section
  • Pilot Travel Guide series 
  • National  Geographic Travel DVD or Video Series
  • Escorted Tour Companies  DVD or Video's  e.g. Rick Steves' 
  • National Tourist Bureaus MAY have a introduction Video or DVD on offer  or Photo Gallery on their Internet site