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CardiffUnited Kingdom

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.

Top Hotels in Cardiff

Park Plaza Cardiff
Park Plaza Cardiff
4 out of 5
Grey friars Road, Cardiff, Wales
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre, Cardiff Castle, and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Principality Stadium ...

4.4/5Excellent! (956 reviews)

"This is a nice hotel, but some areas of paintwork etc needed refreshing and some of the spa & pool areas are tatty."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Park Plaza Cardiff
Jurys Inn Cardiff
Jurys Inn Cardiff
4 out of 5
Park Place, Cardiff, Wales
The price is CA $97 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Theatre, Cardiff Castle, and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena. Principality ...

4.3/5Excellent! (856 reviews)

"Fine and convenient. Easily accessibly to public transportation. Taxi station is in very close proximity"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

Jurys Inn Cardiff
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
4 out of 5
Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
The price is CA $96 per night from Dec 28 to Dec 29

Located in Butetown, this hotel is steps away from Doctor Who Exhibition and Cardiff Bay. Wales Millennium Centre and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,409 reviews)

"Really central place to stay. Clean good size room. Breakfast was a bit expensive but there are lots of nice places to eat nearby. Book local restaurants in advance as they get booked up quick due to less people being allowed in."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
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.

Vacation Rentals in Cardiff

SACO Cardiff - Cathedral Road
SACO Cardiff - Cathedral Road
4 out of 5
The Garden Office, 76 Cathedral Road, Cardiff, Wales
The price is CA $99 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in Pontcanna, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Swalec Stadium, Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle. Cardiff University and St. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Better than hotel rooms

"Make sure you ring them to get check in information and parking code if you use their own parking, there are also parking spaces on the main road. The flat is spacious and generally clean but there are spots which can be cleaned better. The blinds in the bedrooms is useless in blocking sunlight, ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

SACO Cardiff - Cathedral Road
Park Lane by Urban Space
Park Lane by Urban Space
4 out of 5
23-24 Park Place, Cardiff, Wales

Located in the heart of Cardiff, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff Castle and Cardiff University. Cardiff ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
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"The staff here are phenomenal. It was absolutely lovely, a genuine pleasure"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2020

Park Lane by Urban Space
Modern Studios in Cardiff
Modern Studios in Cardiff
3 out of 5
The West Wing, Glossop Road, Cardiff, Wales

Located in Adamsdown, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and Cardiff Bay. Cardiff ...

3.5/5Good! (22 reviews)

"Enjoy my stay there. Lovely pleasant room, handy little self-catering accommodation."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 2020

Modern Studios in 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.

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Reviews of Cardiff

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Jan 28, 2020

Small town feel in a city. Would be good for a night out

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 26, 2019

Nice place to visit

4/5 - Good

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Jul 17, 2019

The people were friendly and courteous

5/5 - Excellent

Ros

May 24, 2019

I was born near Cardiff and I am familiar with it. A fabulous place to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 11, 2019

First visit. Loved it. Will come agqi qnd stay longer

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 3, 2018

I was surprised at how many times I was asked for change and smokes. Rougher than I expected.

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