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Travel Guide

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
The price is $82 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Butetown, this hotel is steps from Doctor Who Exhibition and Cardiff Bay. Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena are also within 1 mi ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,171 reviews)
"Stayed for two nights a family of four. Had a great stay and the beds were very comfortable. Close to a complex which had a cinema, pub and restaurants. Just 5 mins walk from there you are in Cardiff Bay area. Lots more eating & drinking places (even a Wetherspoons). Excellent location for the bay. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Clayton Hotel Cardiff
4 out of 5
St Mary Street, Cardiff, Wales
The price is $109 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (977 reviews)
"Great location for shops, bars and restaurants"

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Clayton Hotel Cardiff
Hilton Cardiff
Hilton Cardiff
4.5 out of 5
Kingsway, Cardiff, Wales
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $123 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Arcade, Cardiff Castle, and St. David's Hall. Principality Stadium and Cardiff ...
4.3/5Excellent! (969 reviews)
"A lovely hotel and generally the staff were very friendly and helpful. There was one member of the reception team who looked as though every question you asked them was just to much hassle for them but that was just one person. The swimming pool and sauna were lovely and the room was top notch. I ..."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Hilton 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.
Quay Apartments Clarence House
Quay Apartments Clarence House
3.5 out of 5
Clarence Place, Newport, Wales
The price is $82 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Situated in Newport, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Friars Walk Newport and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Wales-Newport and Tredegar House. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (43 reviews)
"bring a heater can get cold , ones inthe apartment take a LONG time to heat up"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Quay Apartments Clarence House
Modern Studios in Cardiff
Modern Studios in Cardiff
3 out of 5
The West Wing, Glossop Road, Cardiff, Wales
Located in Adamsdown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, and Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Castle ...
3.4/5Good! (26 reviews)
No cleaning supplies
"Cleaning services are only available once per stay. There were no cleaning supplies in the room though, so i had to buy them myself."

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2020

Modern Studios in Cardiff
Quayside by Urban Space
Quayside by Urban Space
4 out of 5
Bute Place, Cardiff, Wales
Located in Butetown, this apartment building is steps from Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, and Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Castle ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Attention to detail is required. The apartment is situated in the lively Cardiff Bay, so expect some noise at night from the close by bars and restaurants. We had a good stay, but it could have been better, if the lamp in the living room worked, if there was a bin in the bathroom, if the lock on ..."

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Quayside 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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