Cardiff

Travel Guide
Cardiff featuring street scenes, a city 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

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
4 out of 5
Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
The price is RM408 per night from 21 Oct to 21 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! (1,146 reviews)
"The hotel was near the bay and the facilities were good. Slight downside of being next to a busy road."

Reviewed on 22 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 RM594 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! (952 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel with stunning views, my only complaint being despite air-conditioning being on it's coolest setting the room was unbearably hot, which resulted in us checking out early as we were unable to withstand the temperature of the room. With there being no functioning windows to open in the ..."

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2021

voco St David's Cardiff
Hotel Indigo Cardiff
Hotel Indigo Cardiff
4 out of 5
Dominions Arcade Queen Street, Glamorgan, Cardiff, Wales
Fully refundable
The price is RM431 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Queen Arcade and St. David's Hall. Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (850 reviews)
"Brilliant location for us being in the centre of Cardiff. Room is on the cosy side so a queen size bed but very comfy. Fab shower. Rather old school cocktail lounge upstairs which was fun. Aside from the location what really made the stay was the lady on reception who is a real credit to the hotel. ..."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Hotel Indigo 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.
Inn Cardiff
Inn Cardiff
3.5 out of 5
17 Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff, Wales
The price is RM305 per night from 24 Oct to 24 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 RM337 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
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.

Popular places to visit in Cardiff

Top things to do in Cardiff