Cardiff

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Cardiff featuring 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

easyHotel Cardiff
easyHotel Cardiff
3 out of 5
1-3 Fitzalan Place, Cardiff, Wales, CF24 0ED
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$66 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (301 reviews)
"Air con not working 2 hot in room"

Reviewed on 15 May,2022

easyHotel Cardiff
The Parkgate Hotel
The Parkgate Hotel
4 out of 5
Westgate Street, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 1DA
The price is S$175 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Cardiff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (93 reviews)
"Beautifully decorated inside although the outside approach to the hotel is not very welcoming. Suggest an awning with the name of the hotel on it. I found the food was very good and it was a calming environment."

Reviewed on 17 May,2022

The Parkgate Hotel
Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort
5 out of 5
Chepstow Road, Coldra Wood, Newport, Wales, NP18 2YB
The price is S$189 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 indoor pools and 8 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (930 reviews)
"All fantastic but room needs a new matrass for the bed!!"

Reviewed on 19 Apr,2022

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.
Newport Student Village - Campus Accommodation
Newport Student Village - Campus Accommodation
4 out of 5
Usk Way, Endeavour House, Newport, Wales, NP20 2DZ
The price is S$77 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (134 reviews)
"Ideal for COVID world with everyone having separate rooms and bathrooms. Check-in was easy and the secure parking was appreciated."

Reviewed on 25 Aug,2020

Newport Student Village - Campus Accommodation
The Spires Cardiff
The Spires Cardiff
3 out of 5
10 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff, Wales, CF11 9LJ
The price is S$142 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Principality Stadium and Cardiff Bay are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (15 reviews)
"It was a lovely apartment really enjoyed are stay will definitely go bck"

Reviewed on 2 May,2022

The Spires Cardiff
Century Wharf by Urban Space
Century Wharf by Urban Space
4 out of 5
Off Dumballs Road, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 5AU
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Cardiff. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Cardiff Bay and Principality Stadium are located nearby. ...
4/5 Very Good! (59 reviews)
"The property was in excellent condition, a bit of communication problem as we were made to stand outside for a while to get our hands on the keys, but once that was sorted, it was a very nice stay."

Reviewed on 11 May,2022

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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