Cardiff

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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, CF24 0ED
The price is £39 per night from 14 Jun to 15 Jun
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (307 reviews)
"Air con not working 2 hot in room"

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

easyHotel Cardiff
The Parkgate Hotel
The Parkgate Hotel
4 out of 5
Westgate Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1DA
The price is £97 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Cardiff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (98 reviews)
"Beautifully decorated inside although the outside approach to the hotel is not very welcoming. Suggest an awning with the name of the hotel on it. I found the food was very good and it was a calming environment."

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

The Parkgate Hotel
Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort
5 out of 5
Chepstow Road, Coldra Wood, Newport, Wales, NP18 2YB
The price is £109 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 indoor pools and 8 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (933 reviews)
"All fantastic but room needs a new matrass for the bed!!"

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2022

Celtic Manor Resort
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.
Newport Student Village - Campus Accommodation
Newport Student Village - Campus Accommodation
4 out of 5
Usk Way, Endeavour House, Newport, Wales, NP20 2DZ
The price is £38 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (134 reviews)
"Ideal for COVID world with everyone having separate rooms and bathrooms. Check-in was easy and the secure parking was appreciated."

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Newport Student Village - Campus Accommodation
The Spires Cardiff
The Spires Cardiff
3 out of 5
10 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 9LJ
The price is £83 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Cardiff Bay are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"It was a lovely apartment really enjoyed are stay will definitely go bck"

Reviewed on 2 May 2022

The Spires Cardiff
Century Wharf by Urban Space
Century Wharf by Urban Space
4 out of 5
Off Dumballs Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 5AU
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Cardiff Bay and Principality Stadium are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (60 reviews)
"The property was in excellent condition, a bit of communication problem as we were made to stand outside for a while to get our hands on the keys, but once that was sorted, it was a very nice stay."

Reviewed on 11 May 2022

Century Wharf by Urban Space
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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