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Cardiff City Centre Tourist Information

Cardiff Castle's walls

Cardiff Castle’s walls

Cardiff, situated to the South Coast of Wales and overlooking the Severn Estuary, is the Welsh capital, the largest city (it has been a city since 1905), and one of the focal points of the South Coast.

What’s Cardiff like?

Cardiff’s a popular tourist destination with lots to do! Sport, scenery, heritage, culture, industry, watersports, politics, and the Cardiff Bay Development all combine with the fact that 10% of the city is covered with parkland. And Roath Park’s lake even includes a must-see lighthouse memorial to Captain Scott!

Cardiff Roath Park and LIghthouse

Cardiff Roath Park and LIghthouse

Castles, museums and great buildings

Cardiff Castle is an iconic sight – stunning and historic (a 2000 year old site) and is a must-see place for any visitor to Cardiff. Castell Coch is a Victorian folly standing on the site of a medieval castle. Cardiff is well known for these and other castles.

Take a look at the National Museum of Cardiff, the Welsh National War Museum, or one of the many facilities within Cardiff Bay, like the Millennium Centre, or the National History Museum at St Fagans (open air outdoor history museum!), or visit the Roman Catholic Cathedral or the Cardiff Story (a museum of Cardiff).

The castle’s website is at

The inner city and shopping

A great place for shopping in the sometimes quirky Edwardian and Victorian arcades, but also in the main streets with their wide selection of high street shops and department stores. Try Queen Street, one of the most popular shopping areas, along with St Mary Street. Or try the retail parks on the outskirts, the city centre’s smaller shops and Splott – a massive and award winning shopping centre.

Carves stone at Cardiff National Museum

Carves stone at Cardiff National Museum

Sports, culture and festivals

Cardiff is home to the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay, and the Cardiff International Pool (of Olympic standard) as well as many leisure facilities, walks and routes. But Cardiff is also a great place to be artistically and culturally entertained with its annual events (the Cardiff Festival, the Great British Cheese Festival and many, many more!). Music is represented in the Cardiff Big Weekend and multiple gigs through the city, and there’s even a children’s festival in the castle’s grounds Incidentally, its nightlife throughout various districts of the city, is also well worth experiencing.

On the outskirts is St Fagan’s – a village which is home to the Museum of Welsh Life,

The coastline

Cardiff’s proximity to the Glamorgan Heritage coast means there’s lots to see in the surrounding area too.

How to get to Cardiff

Cardiff Central railway station is Wales’ largest and busiest, and bus services are good too with many bus and coach services. Cardiff Airport at Rhoose is thirty minutes away, so Cardiff caters well for non-car travellers The M4 runs North of the city with a choice of A roads into Cardiff, and there’s even an Aquabus, Waterbus and Paddle Steamer service !

Where to stay

Our holiday flats, apartments and guest houses within the city offer something for all budgets – they’re friendly, clean and range from the quiet and homely to the stylish and luxurious. So take a look at our listings today and book a fantastic stay in Cardiff. you won’t regret it!

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