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Cardiff Guide

Welcome to our Cardiff Guide


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

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

Cardiff Overview


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.

By Rail

By Rail

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.

By Road

By Road

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.

By Air

By Air

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

Cardiff Overview

Getting Around

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.

By Bus

By Bus

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.

By Taxi

By Taxi

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.

By Bike

By Bike

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.


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St Davids Hotel

Boasting a superb location on the waterfront in Cardiff Bay the St Davids Hotel & Spa offers luxury accommodation in stunning surroundings. Enjoy sumptuous dining overlooking the serene bay or relax in the hotels exquisite and award winning spa.


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There are loads of great events & reasons to visit Cardiff and here are just a few!

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    St David’s Day Celebrations & Parade – March

    The biggest event in Cardiff is The National St David’s Day Parade which makes its way right across the city centre

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    The Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival – June

    Does what it says on the tin! Turning the millennium Stadium onto Wales’ biggest pub

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    Welsh Proms – July

    Bringing a festival atmosphere to St David’s Hall for a full week of incredible music

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    Cardiff Carnival – August

    Get on board with the flamboyant colours, dances and party atmosphere as it takes to the streets

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    Cardiff’s Iris Prize Festival – October

    This is world's largest short film prize, feature film premiers, parties, talented young filmmakers and more

Out and About in Cardiff

Cardiff Shopping

Shopping in Cardiff

Bursting with historic architecture, Cardiff’s shopping arcades are a must-see. Combined with indoor markets and modern shopping centres, Cardiff certainly offers plenty for shopaholics.

Eating Out in Cardiff

Eating Out in Cardiff

With an area famous for its fantastic array of eateries, dining out in Cardiff is deliciously diverse. Mill Lane is known as the ‘Café Quarter’ with endless restaurants from family friendly to romantic.

Cardiff Nightlife

Cardiff Nightlife

The famous Wales Millennium Centre has become Cardiff’s nightlife hub with live music, theatre and comedy playing every night of the week. The younger crowds will love the many clubs and bars on St Marys Street.

Cardiff Bars

Cardiff Bars

Renowned for its historic Victorian pubs, Cardiff offers plenty of characterful spots to enjoy your favourite drink. Now with a collection of chic cocktail bars, Cardiff’s variety of bars is eclectic and welcoming.

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