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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

Cardiff which includes a city, a square or plaza and a statue or sculpture

Cardiff City Centre

4/5Very Good!(99 area reviews)

The fantastic nightlife and popular shops are just a few highlights of Cardiff City Centre. Make a stop by Cardiff Motorpoint Arena or Principality Stadium while you're exploring the area.

Cardiff City Centre
The Royal Mint.

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 Castle and Country Park.

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
Epic sunset over the Severn estuary at Rhoose Point
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Rhoose

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

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

Rhoose
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Adamsdown

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Spas and bars are some things travelers note about Adamsdown. Check out Cardiff Motorpoint Arena or Cardiff Castle while you're familiarizing yourself with the larger area.

Adamsdown
Traditional Welsh Pub placed in 15th century building. Great atmosphere and a good place to have a pint or two!

Caerleon

4/5Very Good!(5 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 $73 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 21

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! (1,116 reviews)

"Good hotel. Clean and modern with nice rooms. Good bar and dining area"…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Clayton Hotel Cardiff
The Angel Hotel
The Angel Hotel
3 out of 5
Castle Street, Cardiff, Wales
The price is $61 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and St. David's Hall ...

4/5Very Good! (980 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, plenty of hand sanitiser stations. Breakfast was a little disappointing but adequate"…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2020

The Angel Hotel
Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality
Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality
3 out of 5
Bute Terrace, Cardiff, Wales
The price is $55 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

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

4/5Very Good! (274 reviews)

"Right in the heart of Cardiff. Easy to locate and lots of parking"…"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Citrus Hotel Cardiff by Compass Hospitality

Popular places to visit in Cardiff

Principality Stadium
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Principality Stadium

4/5(21 reviews)

Follow in the footsteps of sporting and musical greats when you tour this vast sporting arena. Walk on the pitch, see dressing rooms and lift a trophy.

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
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Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

4/5(8 reviews)

Catch an event at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena during your trip to Cardiff. Experience the area's entertainment choices and great live music.

Cardiff Bay
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Cardiff Bay

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Cardiff with a trip to Cardiff Bay. Discover the lively bars and acclaimed theater scene in this relaxing area.

Cardiff Castle
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Cardiff Castle

4.5/5(93 reviews)

A fortified tower from the 12th century, World War II tunnels and Welsh military history make a fascinating day out at this magnificent castle.

Barry Island Beach
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Barry Island Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Barry Island Beach, a popular beach in Barry. Amble around the area's gardens or visit its churches.

Wales Millennium Centre
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Wales Millennium Centre

4.5/5(28 reviews)

Book your tickets for theater, opera, dance and comedy shows and go on a backstage tour at this prestigious arts venue.

Top things to do in Cardiff

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

$182
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Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$17
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

$92
Per adult
Full Day Tour to Cardiff and Wales from Bournemouth
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Full Day Tour to Cardiff and Wales from Bournemouth

$44
Per adult
Guaranteed Weekly Departure - a Snapshot of Wales 2020
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Guaranteed Weekly Departure - a Snapshot of Wales 2020

$1,580
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Private Transfer to Cardiff (CWL) Airport from Cardiff
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Private Transfer to Cardiff (CWL) Airport from Cardiff

$23
Per adult

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