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Cardiff
Travel Guide

Cardiff which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes

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!

Where to stay in Cardiff

easyHotel Cardiff
easyHotel Cardiff
3 out of 5
1-3 Fitzalan Place, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £32 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Cardiff Castle and St. David's ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Amazing stay in Cardiff! Really pleasantly surprised by this hotel. Nothing to complain about the cleanliness, the location nor the staff. The beds are super comfy, the rooms are small but cozy. Only a shame there’s no fridge and no daily cleaning but those are minor issues honestly. We will definitely ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

easyHotel Cardiff
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
4 out of 5
Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £62 per night from 11 Jul to 11 Jul
Located in Butetown, this hotel is steps away from Doctor Who Exhibition and Cardiff Bay. Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,232 reviews)
"Great stay, friendly staff and good breakfast. The hotel were very accommodating and from point of arrival check in was fairly quick. Its free on site parking which is a bonus and close to many places to eat and the bay. You had to have your temperature taken on arrival which is policy and i had ..."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2021

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Clayton Hotel Cardiff
4 out of 5
St Mary Street, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £62 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Principality Stadium, Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle. National Museum Cardiff ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 7 Jun 2021

Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
4 out of 5
37 The Walk, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £71 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Located in Roath, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Castle. Principality Stadium ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
A++++
"Lovely apartment, nice and clean, good night's sleep and great communication"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
The Stalls at Gileston Manor
The Stalls at Gileston Manor
5 out of 5
Gileston Manor, \N, Barry, Wales
The price is £180 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Limpert Bay and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Watch House Beach. Tresilian Bay and St Donat's ...
5/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)
Another fab stay
"Fab accommodation- our aim is to stay in all the accommodation offered in this great place. Enjoyed an evening sunset on the nearby beach and were lucky to see the Manor and grounds set up for their Winter Wonderland."

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

The Stalls at Gileston Manor
Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 Acres of Wooded Hillside in South Wales
Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 Acres of Wooded Hillside in South Wales
Hafod Tudor Terrace, Newport, WLS
Located in Ynysddu, this cabin is within 9 miles (15 km) of Tredegar House, Belle Vue Park and Newport Cathedral. Caerphilly Castle and Treharris Park are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Beautiful and peaceful
"Quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Easy to find place. The cabin was lovely, clean and very spacious with all the equipment provided. I would strongly recommend this place."

Reviewed on 4 Jun 2021

Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 Acres of Wooded Hillside in South Wales
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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