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Cardiff City Guide

Cardiff is a young capital, the capital of Wales since only 1955, and it is a city with all the energy, vibrancy and vigour of the young. Since the new millennium regeneration projects have seen Cardiff emerge as one of the most exciting cities in Britain. There is no end of swish eating out choices, plenty of places to enjoy a night out, impressive sporting stadiums hosting world class events, shopping options from sleek contemporary malls to beautifully decorated Victorian arcades and, of course, there’s the ultramodern waterfront development and the ancient castle as well.

Cardiff is a happening city so the only thing you can do is dive in and pack as much as you can into your stay. Here are some suggestions for starters.

Sport in Cardiff

Even if you are not a big sporting fan you can’t fail to be impressed by the grandeur and iconoclasm of the Millennium Stadium, and you’ll want to know if the Six Nations (February to March), or any other sporting event, is being held as hotels in the city will get booked up pretty quickly when this is the case.

The Millennium Stadium sits on the banks of the River Taff and the crowd’s songs cause the whole of Cardiff to reverberate to their rhythms. Get in early to book your tickets, or take a tour to see behind the scenes.

Shopping in Cardiff

Cardiff boasts one of Britain’s largest shopping centres in St David’s, but it also provides shopping experiences of a smaller and more unique kind. These include its historical arcades (such as the nineteenth century Royal which leads to the ritzy modern consumer delights of the Morgan Quarter), Jacob’s Market (a four storey bric a brac lover’s delight) and the Fashion Quarter (which is all graffiti walls, vintage clothes and independent traders).

History and Museums in Cardiff

As the home of BBC Wales, which produces Dr Who, Cardiff is no stranger to time travel. Next door to BBC Wales is the Doctor Who Exhibition where daleks, cybermen and the Doctor spring to life daily.

You can time travel in a rather more considered way by visiting Cardiff Castle, quite rightly Cardiff’s favourite visitor attraction. Here you will find a medieval keep at its heart, but it’s the extravagant adornments and additions of the Victorians in all their gothic splendour that really fire up the imagination.

Nearby Bute Park offers a great place to escape from it all and idle a while by the River Taff.

Explore Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is, perhaps, the greatest symbol of Cardiff’s regeneration, housing the arts complex of the Wales Millennium Centre, an architectural masterpiece, important national institutions, a whole smorgasbord of interesting buildings, large open spaces, public art. There is art, theatre, shopping, restaurants, cafes, bars, sculptures and it’s a great place to just lose yourself in for an afternoon.

But don’t linger too long: the rest of Cardiff beckons!


Guide to Exploring Cardiff


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Future Inns Cardiff Bay

Future Inns Cardiff Bay

Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff
4.2
of 5, from 754 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Future Inns Cardiff Bay is a 10-minute drive from the city center and central train station, and 16 minutes from panoramic views from the tower of Cardiff Castle. It’s a 15 minutes’ walk to the Doctor Who Experience, and 20 to Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve and Mermaid Quay boat tours.

£82
Celtic Manor Resort

Celtic Manor Resort

Chepstow Road, Newport
4.2
of 5, from 172 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Newport hotel is located in a regional park, 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Isca Augusta, and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Wales-Newport and Newport Cathedral. Newport Transporter Bridge and Newport Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£60
Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Mill Lane, Cardiff
4.3
of 5, from 322 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Cardiff, this hotel is next to the St. David's shopping complex, including the flagship John Lewis store. Cardiff Castle and Millennium Stadium are both within 0.5 km.

£56
Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff

Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff

Meridian Gate, Cardiff
4.3
of 5, from 534 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff Castle, and Principality Stadium. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£52
Jurys Inn Cardiff

Jurys Inn Cardiff

Park Place, Cardiff
4.1
of 5, from 103 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre, Cardiff University, and Cardiff Castle. National Museum Wales and Principality Stadium are also within 10 minutes.

£54
Novotel Cardiff Centre

Novotel Cardiff Centre

Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff
4.2
of 5, from 450 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Atlantic Wharf, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff University, and Principality Stadium. Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£70
Hilton Cardiff

Hilton Cardiff

Kingsway, Cardiff
4.2
of 5, from 375 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

In the center of town, Hilton Cardiff is across from Cardiff Castle and around the corner from the main shopping district. Millennium Stadium and the National Museum are both about 0.4 km (0.3 mi) away.

£39
Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

Station Approach, Cardiff
4.0
of 5, from 170 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff University and National Museum Wales are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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