Welcome to our Cardiff Guide
Planning a break to the Welsh capital? Then let our Cardiff guide help you choose the best way to spend your time. With a thriving city centre, rich heritage and world class entertainment Cardiff is a superb destination for your short break. From the grandeur of the 19th Century Cardiff Castle to the renowned Millennium Centre and the vibrant waterfront development of Cardiff Bay there is something to suit all tastes in this great city. Whether travelling with family, a loved one or friends Cardiff has a great range of events and attractions for all.
Our Cardiff guide is a great start to your Cardiff break, with information on where to go, what to see and what’s on. Designated a City of Sport for 2009 Cardiff is an excellent sporting city, home to the Millennium Stadium, International Sports Village with White Water Centre and host to some of the 2012 Olympic Football. If you are not a sports fan then there are plenty of other attractions to keep you occupied. Why not spend a day shopping, with modern shopping centres next to Victorian arcades you are spoilt for choice. Cardiff is the home to many famous faces including Dr Who, Torchwood, Gavin & Stacey and Roald Dahl. Pay a visit to the Norwegian church where the children’s author was christened, or head across to Barry Island. After a busy day out and about enjoy a fabulous meal in one of Cardiff’s great restaurants, from Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay to city centre pubs there is a great choice of food and drink.
Out of the city there is a great range of Welsh countryside and coastal towns to explore. Browse through our Cardiff guide and get the inspiration you need to enjoy a great short break in the Welsh capital.
Must do's by day
Take a boat ride in the picturesque Cardiff Bay
Check out Cardiff Castle – ideally during The Big Cheese!
Visit the Doctor Who Experience to see some behind-the-scenes magic
Must do's by night
Drink a Welsh ale in one of Cardiff’s historic Victorian pubs
Catch some live entertainment at the famous Wales Millennium Centre
Head to the ‘Café Quarter’ on Mill Lane for delicious dining
Travelling to Cardiff
Located in South Wales, Cardiff is within easy reach from both the UK and overseas. As the closest capital to London, it’s just two hours away by rail or road. Along with Cardiff International Airport, First Great Western Trains and its location on the M4 Corridor, Cardiff is accessible from all modes of transport.
Cardiff Central Station is based on First Great Western Railway and is easily linked to cities such as Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Plymouth. A direct train runs from London Paddington to Cardiff in just two hours providing easy access to and from the hustle and bustle of London.
Being right on the national motorway with the M4 running through it, Cardiff ideally located for drivers. From the North and Scotland it is an easy drive via the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West you can get there by M4 and M4. The M4 Second Severn Crossing and the M48 Severn Bridge charge a toll.
With its own international airport based just 12 miles west of Cardiff city centre, arriving by plane is an ideal option for those coming from further a field. Cardiff International Airport welcomes both regular domestic and European flights and handles over 2 million passengers a year.
Getting Around in Cardiff
Being such a compact city, Cardiff is enjoyed by many on foot and has recently topped the list of the UK’s most transport-friendly cities. Public transport services around the city include buses, taxis and bike hire. Cardiff is also home to the unique Water Bus, which provides a great link between the city centre and Cardiff Bay.
An extensive bus network runs around Cardiff and the surrounding area following an anti-clockwise route around the city centre. Short hop fares within the city centre cost only £1 and the No.6 ‘Bendy Bus’ runs between the city centre and Cardiff Bay.
Cardiff’s black and white cabs are easily recognised and widely available around the city centre. Taxi ranks can be found at Cardiff Central Station, Wood Street, Mary Street and Greyfriars road. Many private taxi companies are also available for pick up and pre-booking.
Getting around Cardiff by bike is quick, easy and fun. Being mostly flat with plenty of green parks, the city is ideal for cyclists. The picturesque Taff Trail runs North to South of the city along the river Taff, linking all the sights and attractions together.