Cardiff Travel Guide

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Cardiff Highlights

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     Great base for day trips around the south of Wales, pleasant atmosphere and friendly people, some beautiful and interesting things to see 

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     From a busy day shopping to a quiet stroll in the countryside or on a beach - all a short distance away... 

Cardiff Things to Do

  • Cardiff Castle

    The remains of a Roman wall visible inside the Visitors centre of Cardiff Castle are the earliest evidence of the site being used for human occupation. There is a short animated video showing the growth and development of the castle from about 200AD to the present day and from the film you can see that the castle had undergone many periods of...

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  • Cardiff Bay AKA Tiger Bay

    We parked in the large multi-storey car park and as we came out of the building it started to rain - heavily. We made a dash for the Millenium Centre where we found the Tourist Information Centre and a helpful introductory video of how the Cardiff Bay area has been re-developed into a major new re-vitalised district full of exciting buildings,...

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  • Parks and Gardens

    The Bute Park is a large park at the river Taff and directly next to the castle. It’s named after the Bute family, whose gardener Andrew Pettigrew created the layout of the park. Originally, this place was the pleasure ground of the castle. Today, it’s freely open to the public and a nice place to relax. In the park, you find among others an...

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Cardiff Restaurants

  • Pubs/Bars

    The Duke of Wellington Cardiff is situated on the Hayes in the centre of Cardiff, It is a really nice pub, great to just call in for a drink or lunch while shopping in st. Davids shopping centre, its not a large pub (not as big as it looks from outside) but it serves a nice range of drinks ( The Hot Chocolate sounded lovely) and a nice looking menu...

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  • Cool Cafes

    This is essentially delicious and the cafe delightful. The variety of savoury and sweet crepes is extensive and a rare find to have such good and reasonably priced quality food. In addition it has superb coffee and teas. The staff prepare the crepes extremely well and clearly like what they do. This is the French crepe experience at its...

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  • Fast Food/Snacks/Takeaways

    The restaurant is in the food court at St David's Mall. It is bright and airy and can be very busy. There is quite a large choice of fillings available . When the restaurant is busy, the service is not at its most efficient though. Tuna with mayonnaise is always safe and tasty

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Cardiff Nightlife

  • Clwb Ifor Bach

    The Welsh Club is a very established and well respected club. It has an amazingly eclectic array of nights playing everything from motown to punk. It also plays host to a lot of accomplished live acts. Clwb has three floors all usually playing different styles. Floors 1 & 2 are quite small but there is still plenty of space to sit down and relax...

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  • Live Music!

    I don't get much chance to be in Cardiff in the evening but one snowy December night we stayed in Cardiff and called into this fantastic Live Music Venue, The 2 piece that were playing were really good and although the place was quiet due to the bad weather conditions it was a really good atmosphere, i would love to go again!

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  • Good Old Hard Rock

    Sadly The Hard Rock Cafe in Cardiff closed down and has been replaced by some other thing, Such a shame This was a great Hard Rock Cafe situated in the city centre on the edge Cardiff’s brewery quarter on the corner of St. Mary's Street and Caroline Street (with the front door on St Marys Street). As you enter the Rock Shop is on the Left of what...

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Cardiff Transportation

  • By Bus

    The public transportation of Cardiff consists of local buses, which are operated on an exact fare system. Cardiff is subdivided in 4 tariff zones. The single fare is calculated on how many zones you cross on your trip. There are several tickets available from single, return, transfare to different day tickets. A good deal seems to be the "City...

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  • By Train

    In December 2012, I travelled via Birmingham New Street Station from Leeds to Cardiff Central with Cross Country Trains. It cost me 66 gbp for an advance return (37 gbp outbound and 29 gbp inbound - booked in September 2012). It took me approximately 4.5 hours in total including connections at Birmingham New Street Railway Station from Leeds. On...

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  • City Sightseeing Guided Bus Tour

    In Cardiff you will find the hop on - hop off bus. Ideal for sightseeing Cardiff. For 2009 there were 10 stops: Cardiff Castle (Castell Caerdydd) National museum of Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru) Holland House Hotel (Fitzalan Place) Tyndall Street Cardiff Bay (Bae Caerdydd) Mermaid Quay Techniquest Craft in the bay St Mary's Street Millennium Stadium...

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Cardiff Shopping

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  • Welsh Crafts/Shops

    The Wales Centre/Castle Welsh Crafts This is a big souvenir shop opposite of Cardiff Castle. It is thus very conveniently located. There is a wide range of the usual souvenirs, some of them a little crappy, just the usual bunch of magnets, T-Shirts, cups etc. In fact, you can probably get ANYTHING here on which it is possible to print a red...

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  • Arcades

    Most of the city centre looks like a huge shopping centre. We saw many stores at the main commercial street which is Queen street but also all around the city centre of Cardiff we saw many arcades, most of them full of small stores covering a wide range of products (food, clothing, jewelry, books, souvenirs). So, we just walked in some of them as...

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  • Markets

    There are several arcades and markets under cover of glass, the many stalls in the market sell almost everything from cushions to cauliflower pig's head to pomade kitsch to keycutting The arcades may have interesting shops rather than stalls, and nowadays there is the St David's mall with the usual 'high street' chains as well as classy...

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Cardiff Local Customs

  • March – St David's Day Celebrations

    On March 1st Cardiff celebrates the nation's patron saint with the National St David's Day parade and runs alongside a variety of other events in and around the city.Annually, 1 March11.30am: Meet at Civic Centre, Cathays Park12:30pm: Parade begins1.15pm: A rendition of the national anthem. Citywide

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  • St David's Day

    When I booked my trip and decided to arrive in Cardiff in the evening of the 29th of February, I did not even know that the 1st of March was the national holiday. It was only when we prepared a VT meeting that Sean mentioned it and I learned about the significance of the date. So it happened that my first day in Wales was full of celebrations - it...

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  • The Daffodil & the Leek

    The daffodil has become the national flower or emblem of Wales. I noticed this right away - my first day in Cardiff was St David's Day, the national day, and there were daffodils all over the place. The lampposts were decorated with huge daffodils, people were wearing small daffodils on their lapels, backpacks or t-shirts, and you could even buy...

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Cardiff Warnings and Dangers

  • The city of greedy seagulls!

    Cardiff has the second largest population of seagulls of all the cities in Britain. After all, it is near the coast and has lots of flat roofed buildings for the sea birds to nest. Seagulls are quite big and can be intimidating. Their population is increasing by 3 percent per year. They literally 'rule the roost', even killing and eating smaller...

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  • The Booze Capital of South Wales

    This is really a 'Nightlife' tip!!Thousands of young people from all over South Wales (and further afield) come to Cardiff at the weekend to get drunk! If you want to avoid this, get away from the massive, crowded chain pubs around the Wood Street area and instead head along St Mary Street towards the Castle, to find a smaller, friendlier more...

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  • City Centre Demolition and Redevelopment

    Between 2005 and 2009 large parts of Cardiff city centre will become a building site. The new "St Davids 2" project will create 750,000 square feet of new shopping centre. It will involve the crazy demolition of Cardiff Central Library (only 18 years old!) and one of Cardiff's oldest pubs, The Vulcan. Large areas of the city centre will be...

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Cardiff Tourist Traps

  • Cardiff's Parking Voucher System

    Street parking in the city centre areas is tightly controlled by the use of parking vouchers, currently (2006) 1.20 GBP each. Unfortunately it is not always easy to find somewhere that sells parking vouchers. Especially if you are a visitor. There are no maps on the street, or voucher machines. But lots of parking wardens of course :-)It is a...

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  • Beware of the Car parking charges

    The NCP multi story car parks in and around the City Centre are getting away with charging an extortionate amount for car parking. If you park in any one of the multi story car parks for a couple of hours you could be charged an amount in excess of £6. The cheaper alternative is the metered parking around the Civic Centre, Windsor Place and...

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  • The Welsh National Assembly

    This building must be one of the most ugliest that I have ever laid eyes on. It is all glass, slate and steel and there's not one redeeming quality about it. To be honest, it looks like a football stand that has been plonked in the middle of the bay; it would have looked far more fitting at the Millenium stadium in Cardiff, than on here. Walk...

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Cardiff What to Pack

  • Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island

    Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island.The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get a nice insight into the life of the British people and...

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  • Rough Guide

    To explore Great Britain an up to date guidebook is very useful. I often use the Rough Guide to Britain (England, Wales, Scotland). It covers information for all budgets on the best places to stay, eat and drink. Plenty of recommendations and practical tips on exploring the countries make this book an useful travel companion.

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  • Map of Cardiff

    Don't forget to get a free map or some brochures about Cardiff at the Tourist Information Centre. British Tourist Information Centres are usually well equipped with useful brochures and free leaflets.The Main Tourist Information Centre is located at The Old Library on The Hayes, just in the heart of the city centre. Another one is located in...

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Cardiff Off The Beaten Path

  • Castell Coch (The Red Castle)

    Castell Coch (which means Red Castle in Welsh), stands on a wooded hillside above the village of Tongwynlais, north of Cardiff, Wales.It was was probably founded in the early thirteenth century by a Welsh chieftain named Ifor Bach. The De Clare family claimed it because of its strategic importance, commanding both the plains area and the entrance...

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  • Barry Island

    Barry Island is very much the traditional seaside resort with its long sandy beach, amusement arcades and fun fair, attracting visitors from far afield. Seafront shops will tempt your taste buds with ice-cream, candy floss and fish and chips. And in summer months weekends are buzzing with street theatre and live music. The pleasure park has over...

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  • Roath Park

    Roath Park is my favorite park in Cardiff and one of my favorite parks in the world. It is extremely beautiful! A perfect place to go for a walk and just relax. It just got it all! A big lake housing a ton of swans and other birds such as geese. It has a large paved pedestrian path around the lake and under the trees - perfect for walking, running...

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Cardiff Sports & Outdoors

  • Millennium Stadium

    Since opening in June 1999, the Millennium Stadium has welcomed, on average, over 1.3 million visitors per year. Sporting the first fully-retractable roof in the UK and the second largest in the world, the venue is at the leading edge as a multi-purpose, multi-faceted event venue. The total construction cost of the stadium was £121 million and is...

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  • Welsh Rugby

    If you find yourself in cardiff on an International rugby weekend then you're in luck. The atmosphere is awesome and not to be missed. Mingle with locals and visitors who share a passion and expect a trouble free atmosphere for a great day and night. If this is not your scene, head out of town for the day. Open mind, sense of humour and your...

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  • The Taff Trail

    The Taff Trail is one of the newer long distance footpath in Wales. It is used by both walkers and cyclists for trips of varying lengths between Cardiff Bay in the south and Brecon in the north. Between Cardiff Bay and Llandaff the trail follows the Taff embankment and crosses the Bute Park. All in all the trail covers a distance of 55 miles...

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Cardiff Favorites

  • Famous People of Cardiff

    This time I was not much allowed for any shopping or sightseeing ƒ¼, we were really bad on time, as we had to pack all the stuff for the big moving. My most visited place was the Barry?s dump LOL, not a great place to visit ;-)

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  • Cardiff Bay

    Cardiff Bay used to be an industrial area with old docks, but it is nowadays transfered into an entertainment and recreation area with walkways, attractions and both trendy and traditional restaurants and pubs. It is located about 2 miles south of the city centre and can be reached by various local buses, including the BayXpress. Cardiff Bay has...

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  • Cardiff Castle

    Cardiff is a seaport as it's built on the tidal estuary of the River Taff. Since it's decline in coal mining, Cardiff has restored and revitalized and has done a great job in attracting tourists - such as myself. I did some reading about Cardiff before my adventure to the UK, it was Cardiff Castle that peaked my interest, but upon arriving in...

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