Cardiff

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The capital of Wales is a lively port city, home to medieval castles, pristine parks, modern sporting arenas and a sparkling waterfront entertainment district.

Cardiff is a fascinating city blending medieval landmarks and a 2,000-year-old history with picturesque green spaces and modern entertainment districts. Dating back to the Roman period, as a small settlement on the River Taff, it officially became a city in 1905 and has been the Welsh capital since 1955.

Today, Cardiff has two main tourist areas: the city center and Cardiff Bay. Explore the compact center comfortably on foot following signposts indicating the major attractions.

Visit medieval Cardiff Castle, a stunning example of Roman and Norman architecture, one of five castles located in the city. Stroll around the glorious parkland and arboretum of Bute Park. Admire the grand civic buildings and pretty Alexandra Gardens in Cathays Park. Discover the evolution of Wales and then spot impressionist art at the National Museum Cardiff. Learn about the history of the city at the Cardiff Story.

Cardiff residents have a passion for sports and live events. Take a guided tour of the 75,000-seat Millennium Stadium or attend international rugby and soccer matches or concerts by world-famous artists. Watch ballet, opera and philharmonic orchestras at St. David’s Hall.

Walk or catch the bus to Cardiff Bay, a former dockland, now a shopping and entertainment district. Find bars and restaurants, boutique stores and fashion retailers in refurbished Victorian arcades. Investigate the Norwegian Church Arts Center, which showcases the work of local artists. See displays of historic vessels at the World of Boats.

Don’t miss a visit to St. Fagans National History Museum, which houses a collection of over 40 typical Welsh buildings. Other historical landmarks include Castell Coch and Llandaff Cathedral. Access any of these via public bus from the city center.

Cardiff has an international airport which receives flights from major European destinations. The city is about a 3-hour drive from London. Rent a car and visit areas outside Cardiff, including the beaches of Gower Peninsula and the picturesque hills of Brecon Beacons National Park.

Where to stay in Cardiff

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
4 out of 5
Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 4AU
The price is $74 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,171 reviews)
"Comfortable but TV in room very poor Main bar area closed so function room was used (very bland). Food good but expensive (but I suppose everywhere is at the moment)"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort
5 out of 5
Chepstow Road, Coldra Wood, Newport, Wales, NP18 2YB
The price is $116 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 10
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 our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Excellent. The staff were so friendly and helpful, particularly reception, in the Olive restaurant, the doorman and the drivers to the golf tournament. They did everything to make our stay enjoyable. We loved everything so much that we've already booked to go back in October."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Celtic Manor Resort
The Parkgate Hotel
The Parkgate Hotel
4 out of 5
Westgate Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1DA
The price is $101 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
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! (280 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

The Parkgate Hotel
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The Spires Cardiff
The Spires Cardiff
3 out of 5
10 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 9LJ
The price is $95 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 18
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Cardiff Bay are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (33 reviews)
Great Studio
"Great studio apartment - good location & perfect for our overnight stay"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 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, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Cardiff Bay and Principality Stadium are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (116 reviews)
"Excellent stay, stayed with friends and everyone enjoyed. Great location and room was clean."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Century Wharf by Urban Space
Inn Cardiff
Inn Cardiff
3.5 out of 5
17 Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 6LU
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Cardiff Bay are located ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (37 reviews)
"Really convenient for Swalec Stadium"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Inn Cardiff
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