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CardiffUnited Kingdom

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

Cardiff showing a square or plaza, a city and modern architecture

Cardiff City Centre

4/5Very Good!(888 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Cardiff Motorpoint Arena to Principality Stadium – discover Cardiff City Centre, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Cardiff City Centre
Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Wales, United Kingdom

Llantrisant

Visitors to Llantrisant enjoy its restaurants, and if you want to do some exploring, The Royal Mint Experience is worth a stop.

Llantrisant
Caldicot, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Caldicot

You'll enjoy the churches and gardens in Caldicot. You might want to make time for a stop at Caldicot Castle or Caldicot Castle and Country Park.

Caldicot
Rhoose, Barry, Wales, United Kingdom

Rhoose

3.5/5Good!(55 area reviews)

Rhoose is noteworthy for its bars, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Watch House Beach and Limpert Bay.

Rhoose
Adamsdown, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Adamsdown

4/5Very Good!(19 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Adamsdown, you might enjoy its spas and bars. If you've got time to venture a little farther, you can make a stop by Cardiff Motorpoint Arena or Cardiff Castle.

Adamsdown
Caerleon, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

Caerleon

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

Caerleon is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Isca Augusta and Caerleon Amphitheatre.

Caerleon

Top hotels in Cardiff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Clayton Hotel Cardiff
4 out of 5
St Mary Street, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £50 per night

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! (1,132 reviews)
Good staff and service

"I’m a return customer. Good staff and service. It’s always my first choice when I am in Cardiff."…"

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2020

Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
Bute Terrace, Cardiff, Wales
The price is £49 per night

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David. Capitol Shopping Centre ...

4/5Very Good! (271 reviews)
Nice stay

"Our stay was good, despite coronovirus being so prominent. Hotel provided hand sanitser in receptiona dn in the breakfast room."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar 2020

Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality
Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor
Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor
3.5 out of 5
Chepstow Road, Langstone, Newport, Wales
The price is £83 per night

Situated in Newport, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Caerleon Amphitheatre and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Isca Augusta. University of Wales-Newport ...

3.8/5Good! (989 reviews)
Excellent!!!

"This was our 7th stay at the Coldra and it was amazing, staff are friendly and helping even with everything going on in the UK right now, safety precausions were adered to, only negative was the pillows could do with aome thinner ones to choose from. However our stay was 10/10."…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2020

Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor

Popular places to visit in Cardiff

Principality Stadium
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Principality Stadium

4.5/5(198 reviews)

The spiritual home of Welsh rugby, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is one of the most famous sporting arenas on the planet, envied the world over for its cauldron-like atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities.

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
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Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

4.5/5(59 reviews)

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena is located on Mary Ann Street in the heart of Cardiff. It was opened in 1993 and is the largest purpose-built facility for staging exhibitions and concerts in South Wales.

Cardiff Bay
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Cardiff Bay

4.5/5(190 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Cardiff with a trip to Cardiff Bay. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed theatre scene in this relaxing area.

Cardiff Castle
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Cardiff Castle

4.5/5(251 reviews)

Located in the heart of the city centre, Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ most important cultural attractions. A rich history spanning 2,000 years is contained within its walls and fairytale-style towers.

Barry Island Beach
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Barry Island Beach

4/5(76 reviews)

If you’re looking for a quintessential Welsh seaside experience, look no further than Barry Beach in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan.

Wales Millennium Centre
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Wales Millennium Centre

4.5/5(210 reviews)

An architectural masterpiece, the Wales Millennium Centre is at the heart of Cardiff Bay, a wonderfully regenerated area full of striking buildings, wide open spaces and intriguing pieces of public art.

Top things to do in Cardiff

Walk the iconic 4 waterfalls valley
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Walk the iconic 4 waterfalls valley

£58
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Walk the river Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey
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Walk the river Wye Valley to Tintern Abbey

£58
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Hike up the Brecon Beacons highest mountain, Pen-y-fan
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Hike up the Brecon Beacons highest mountain, Pen-y-fan

£55
Per adult
Walk the beautiful Wales Coast Path
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Walk the beautiful Wales Coast Path

£55
Per adult
Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£144
Per adult
A Very Cheesey Cheese Tasting
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A Very Cheesey Cheese Tasting

£27
Per adult

Reviews of Cardiff

4.4

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

The Motorpoint Arena is next to the hotel and the City Centre is very pleasant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

I loved Cardiff and wished I was there on holiday and not business. I will return.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Great city, and small enough to walk the whole centre, plenty to see outside as well

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

Our first visit was very brief, a quick overnight stop, but enough to whet our appetites to return.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

I live Cardiff the weather was limiting mango restaurant very good but expensive

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Love Cardiff visit for the rugby so location to St Mary’s street is perfect

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