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Cardiff
Travel Guide

Cardiff showing a city, street scenes and night scenes

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

voco St David's Cardiff
voco St David's Cardiff
5 out of 5
Havannah Street, Cardiff, Wales
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,142 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Butetown, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cardiff Bay and Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Principality Stadium ...
4.3/5Excellent! (985 reviews)
"Quiet. By the water"

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

voco St David's Cardiff
easyHotel Cardiff
easyHotel Cardiff
3 out of 5
1-3 Fitzalan Place, Cardiff, Wales
The price is ¥4,551 per night from May 17 to May 17
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Cardiff Castle and St. David's ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Room was clean and presented well but on arrival they informed me that I'd have to pay £5 per day for the wifi despite the website saying free wifi."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

easyHotel Cardiff
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
4 out of 5
St Pierre Park, Chepstow, Wales
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥11,042 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from David Broome Event Centre and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Wye Valley. Chepstow Castle is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) ...
4.1/5Very Good! (660 reviews)
"Setting and history"

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
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.
Luxury Living
Luxury Living
4 out of 5
18 Augusta Road, Penarth, Wales
Located in the heart of Penarth, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cardiff Bay, Doctor Who Experience, and Norwegian Church. National Assembly for ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Beautiful property wish we could have stayed longer!!!"

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Luxury Living
Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
4 out of 5
37 The Walk, Cardiff, Wales
The price is ¥13,416 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in Roath, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Capitol Shopping Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, and Cardiff Castle. Principality Stadium ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
A++++
"Lovely apartment, nice and clean, good night's sleep and great communication"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Willow Serviced Apartments - The Walk
Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 Acres of Wooded Hillside in South Wales
Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 Acres of Wooded Hillside in South Wales
Newport, WLS
Located in Ynysddu, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tredegar House, Belle Vue Park, and Newport Cathedral. Caerphilly Castle and Treharris Park are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Peaceful
"This is a lovely cottage in a very quiet calm place. Spacious and confortable with a very friendly and helpful host"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Self Catering Holiday Lodge set in 6 Acres of Wooded Hillside in South Wales
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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Reviews of Cardiff

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Cardiff is all built on angles and very hard to see the street signs. We got SO lost it was unbelievable!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

The people here are so friendly, and just 15 minutes from the lodge is Caerphilly, and it is a beautiful valley with an amazing castle! Public transportation here is fantastic.

4/5 - Good

Ken

Nov 15, 2019

Cardiff overall is up and coming these days. Still tough to find anywhere decent serving dinner at 11pm on a Wednesday but lots of option inside more a normal timeframe.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 3, 2019

The people were very friendly and the town kept nice!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Everyone was super friendly and helpful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 1, 2019

Downtown was great walking & church near the castle a historical gem (read some of the gravestones)

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