Why we love Cardiff
With world-renowned rugby, over 600 castles and a whole host of myths and legends to discover, there’s something to appeal to everyone who visits Wales - and its capital Cardiff is no exception.
Whether it’s white water rafting or an epic music scene you’re after, the city is a quirky, creative hub brimming with things to see and do. Step into 2,000 years of history at Cardiff Castle, or savour local produce at Cardiff Central Market. Get a taste of the action and head out of the city on the Cambrian Way to discover 185 miles of National Parks, fairy-tale castles and snow-capped peaks. With a buzzing arts and foodie scene and independent shops galore, Cardiff is your gateway to all that’s wonderful about Wales.
Through Victorian arcades
Flourishing with indie shops, quirky cafes and the world’s oldest record shop, Cardiff Arcades are a must visit. Discover the labyrinth of stores and eateries full of history and top-notch produce.
A paddling adventure
Hit up Cardiff Bay’s water for a paddle-led adventure in the city. Hop aboard a kayak for an exhilarating way to see Cardiff’s iconic sights and the city from an alternative perspective.
Tuck into the city’s flavours
From sustainable eateries to unique international flavours, Cardiff’s food packs the punch. Explore the city streets for iconic Welsh delights and local’s favourites on a food tour.
Things to do in Cardiff
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Step into nature
Embark on an adventure through Cardiff’s green haven, Bute Park. From woodlands, meadows and nature trails, to water taxis and guided walks, there an abundance of ways to explore this urban arboretum.
Climb aboard your own boat
Take to the controls of your own boat for a self-guided adventure across Cardiff Bay, up the River Taff and out into the city centre. Choose between a half an hour journey, or sail for one hour for the full experience.
Adrenaline on ice
Watch as the Cardiff Devils take on fierce competitors on the ice. Playing in the UK’s top professional Ice Hockey league, Ice Arena Wales comes alive with fast-paced action.
Festive cheer in the city
From Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland to shopping for that perfect Christmas gift through the historic arcades, discover Cardiff during the winter months for a sprinkling of festive cheer in the city.
Places to stay in Cardiff
Cardiff City Centre
Find easy access to designer shops and traditional markets, diverse cuisine and the Principality Stadium in the mainly pedestrianised city centre.
Home to a gleaming Cardiff International White Water Centre where you can try out lots of water sports, as well as cultural spots like the Wales Millennium Centre.
Out in the city’s leafy suburb discover the Taff Trail on bike or by foot, or get artsy at Kings Road Yard filled with artists, makers, producers and bakers!
Getting to Cardiff
Located in South Wales, Cardiff is a two-hour journey from London by train. The city is also served by Cardiff Airport, which operates direct and non-direct flights to and from a wide range of destinations.
It’s easy to travel around the city hassle free, visit Cardiff bus to plan your journey and get all the latest information on ticket types. Full of pedestrianised areas, walking trails and parks and gardens galore, it’s easy and enjoyable to explore Cardiff by foot. Discover more on travelling around Cardiff and Wales on traveline.
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