Cardiff

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Cardiff showing street scenes, night scenes and a city

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 NZ$156 per night from 14 Oct. to 14 Oct.
Located in Butetown, this hotel is steps away from Doctor Who Exhibition and Cardiff Bay. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Principality Stadium are also within 2 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,151 reviews)
"Excellent value"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
voco St David's Cardiff
voco St David's Cardiff
5 out of 5
Havannah Street, Cardiff, Wales
The price is NZ$227 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
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! (961 reviews)
"Location was outstanding ,service and food were also top class , the property was well staffed and friendly. However the parking was a little expensive but would definitely visit again and recommend.."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

voco St David's Cardiff
Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort
5 out of 5
Chepstow Road, Coldra Wood, Newport, Wales
The price is NZ$241 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
This family-friendly Newport hotel is located on the riverfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Caerleon Amphitheatre and Isca Augusta. Newport Wetlands and Friars Walk ...
4.3/5Excellent! (968 reviews)
"This is a very nice hotel. We were a family of four and enjoyed the activities, you have to book in advance though as very busy . We didn’t manage to get into any restaurants as all were fully booked except the olive tree which is a buffet, it was good though, the breakfast is also very good . I ..."

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2021

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.
Inn Cardiff
Inn Cardiff
3.5 out of 5
17 Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, Wales
The price is NZ$117 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in Riverside, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Sophia Gardens, Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff Bay and Cardiff ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"Excellent location. Perfect family accommodation"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2021

Inn Cardiff
Quay Apartments Clarence House
Quay Apartments Clarence House
3.5 out of 5
Clarence Place, Newport, Wales
The price is NZ$141 per night from 4 Oct. to 4 Oct.
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (45 reviews)
"Friendly staff, Great apartment, very clean with nice view."

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2021

Quay Apartments Clarence House
Century Wharf by Urban Space
Century Wharf by Urban Space
4 out of 5
Off Dumballs Road, Cardiff, Wales
Located in Butetown, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cardiff Bay and Wales Millennium Centre. Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Principality ...
3.9/5Good! (18 reviews)
Great value apartment with poor check-in experienc
"Great apartment, however, there were no Urban Space staff on site during check-in and the apartment complex staff seemed clueless. The booking dates were also wrong in their system, luckily the apartment was ready early."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

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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