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Cardiff

Cardiff is a city in the UK with 350000 inhabitants. It is the capital and largest city of Wales, situated on the south coast. The city is the economic center of the country. In the race for the capital were alternative competitors, such as the traditional Swansea. But it was Cardiff, a fishing village, where 1800 only a thousand people lived. Cardiff came in the 19th century as a coal port to prestige and size. There are extensive Roman settlement traces back to the 4th century. With industrialization, the docks were built in 1839 by the Marquis of Bute. The population grew, soon the city was the center of a thriving industry. Most tourist attractions are located in the city center.

Get in

By airplane:
Cardiff has a international airport about 15 kilometers out of the city centre.
Germanwings to Barcelona, Munich, bmibaby to Prague, Amsterdam and Málaga, Flybe to Paris, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Aer Lingus to New York, Dublin and Boston, offer services from and to Cardiff, wales Arpt

Cardiff has direct train connections with Cardiff, wales Arpt. The trip takes about 0:41 (to Cardiff Central)
Lines:
  • Direct connection to the centre, Merthyr and Vale: Barry - Cardiff - Merthyr Tydfil


  • By train:
    Cardiff Central is about 15 minutes walk from city centre.

    National train connections:
  • Torquay from Cardiff Central 2:48 h , 2x change.
  • London Paddington from Cardiff Central 2:11 h
  • Cardiff Central to Oxford: 1:48 h

  • International train connections:
  • Cardiff Central to Paris Nord Eurostar in 5:52 hours
  • Cardiff Central to Berlin Hbf (tief) takes about 19:03 hours, 2x change.
  • Cardiff Central to Barcelona Sants: 19:29 h, 3x change.

  • By car:
    Cardiff - Torquay: 210 km in 2:15 h
    Cardiff - London: 240 km in 2:30 h
    Cardiff - Oxford: 190 km in 2:00 h
    Cardiff - Manchester: 300 km in 3:15 h

    Get around

    General:
    It is entirely feasible to walk through the city of Cardiff, because tourist destinations are not far away from the city. Cardiff has an excellent public transport network. There is a dense bus network.

    Excursions

    Recommended destinations for tours Penarth (Map) (with Sully Island), Barry (Map) (e.g. Barry Island) and Vale of Glamorgan (Map) (with Penarth Pier). Recommended is a trip to the castle Thornbury Castle (Map) (47 km) near Bristol. For nature lovers: Steep Holm Island (Map) (17 km) near Bristol. Further: Coity Castle (Map) (26 km) near Bridgend.

    If you like to rent a car:
  • Enterprise Rent A Car, 45 Penarth Road, Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 5DJ, UK
  • Cardiff Airport car rental, Cardiff Airport (Rhoose), Cardiff International Airport, Cardiff Airport (CWL), Rhoose, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62, UK
  • Avis Cardiff Downtown, 17 Tudor Street, Cardiff, Cardiff CF11, UK
  • Enterprise Rent A Car, Cardiff Road, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37 5BB, UK
  • Eat and Drink

    Eat:
    Budget:
  • Wally's Delicatessen, 38-46 Royal Arcade, Cardiff, highly recommended,
  • Ocean Palace, 52 Tudor Street, Cardiff, CF11 6AJ, UK, chinese,
  • Doner King, 240 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JJ, UK, Fastfood,
  • Riverside Fish Bar, 56 Tudor Street, Cardiff, CF11 6AJ, UK, fish_and_chips,
  • Tenkaichi, 23 Strathnairn Street, Cardiff, CF24 3JL, UK, Fastfood,
  • Frankie's Pizza, 4 MacKintosh Place, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 4RQ, UK, Fastfood,
  • Laziza, 66 Tudor Street, Cardiff CF11, UK, Fastfood,
  • Mid-budget and High-budget:
  • Ichiban, 101 Severn Road, Cardiff CF11, UK, japanese, highly recommended,
  • Le Gallois, 12 Romilly Crescent, Cardiff, CF11 9NR, UK, expensive, highly recommended,
  • Upper Boat Inn, Cardiff Road, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37, UK, pub, Restaurant,
  • T.G.I. Friday's, Cardiff, o/s David Street HK, Cardiff CF10, UK,
  • Chiquito, 1 Hemingway Road, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff, CF10 4JY, UK, Restaurant,
  • Riverside Cantonese, 44 Tudor Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF11 6AH, UK, chinese,
  • Coriander, 10 Albany Road, Cardiff, CF24 3RP, UK, Restaurant,

  • Cafes:
  • Milgi, 211 City Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3JD, UK, Cafe,
  • Kitchen Secrets, 226 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JH, UK, Cafe,
  • Baskin Robbins, 21A Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BT, UK, Cafe,
  • Central Perk, 5 Donald Street, Cardiff, CF24 4TJ, UK, Cafe,
  • Dejaz, 205 City Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3JD, UK, Cafe,
  • Caffe Gelato, 30 Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BW, UK, Cafe,

  • Bars and Clubs:
  • Wally's Delicatessen, 38-46 Royal Arcade, Cardiff, highly recommended,
  • Waterguard, Harbour Drive, Cardiff CF10, UK, Pub,
  • Cadwaladers, Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay Waterbus (S-bound), Cardiff, UK, cafe, Pub,
  • A Shot in the Dark, Roath, The Parade (S-bound), Cardiff CF24, UK, cafe, Pub,
  • The Vulcan Lounge, 1 Coburn Street, Cardiff CF24, UK, pub, Pub, Tel.: +44-29-2020236363,
  • The Crockerton (Wetherspoon), Cardiff, Greyfriars Road GN (W-bound), Cardiff CF10, UK, pub, Pub,
  • Nightclubs:
  • Clwb Ifor Bach, 23 Womanby Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1BR, UK, Club,
  • Machn Workingmen's Club, 18 Commercial Road, Machen, Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Caerphilly CF83 8NA, UK,
  • Nightclub, 20 Britway Road, Dinas Powys, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 4AF, UK,
  • Pure, 2 Guildhall Place, Cardiff, Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 1EB, UK, Nightclub,
  • Platinum, 114-116 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 1DY, UK, Nightclub,
  • Basement, University of South Wales - Treforest Campus, 5 Forest Grove, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37 1UB, UK, Nightclub,
  • Shopping

    Shopping centers Cardiff:
  • Queen's Arcade Queen's Arcade, Cardiff, Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 1GN, UK
  • Capitol 15 Churchill Way, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 2HD, UK
  • Saint David's Centre St David's Dewi Sant Cardiff, 2 St. Davids Way, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 2DP, UK

  • Recommended shops:
  • Souvenirs: Cwmcarn Forest Drive Visitor Centre Cwmcarn Forest Drive, Newport, Caerphilly NP11 7EX, UK
  • Alcohol: Casanova 13 Quay St, Cardiff

  • There are some worthwhile shopping streets in the city of Cardiff. Recommended are Victoria Road and Duke Street.

    Other

  • Internet: Coffee Katz Cafe (Cafe), 1 Bishop's Road, Cardiff, Whitchurch, Cardiff, An Bhreatain Bheag CF14 1LT, UK
  • Tourist info: Caerphilly Visitor Centre, 4 Market Street, Caerphilly, Caerphilly, Caerphilly CF83 1NX, UK
  • Tourist info: Barry Island Tourist Information Centre, 11 Paget Road, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 5TQ, UK
  • Hospital: birchgrove medical centre, 18 Phoenix Way, Cardiff, Cardiff CF14 4QT, UK
  • Hospital: University Hospital of Wales, Academic Avenue, Cardiff, Cardiff CF14, UK
  • Laundry: Wash Inn, 157-159 Albany Road, Cardiff, Cardiff CF24 3NT, UK
  • Laundry: Canton Launderette, 11 Pen-Y-Peel Road, Cardiff, Cardiff, Cardiff CF5, UK
  • Laundry: Cathedral Cleaners, 3 Station Road, Cardiff, Cardiff, Cardiff CF15, UK
  • Accomodation


    Hostel
  • The Riverhouse Backpackers (Map), 59 Fitzhamon Embankment, double room about 48 EUR, tel.+442920399810 , http://www.riverhousebackpackers.com, highly recommended, city, train station Cardiff Central about 400 meters, bus stop in 325 meters
  • Cardiff Backpacker Caerdydd (Map), 98 Neville Street Riverside, popular, city, train station Cardiff Central about 740 meters, bus stop in 650 meters
  • One Hundred (Map), 100 Newport Road Cardiff, double room about 80 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 130 meters
  • Nomad (Map), 11 Howard Gardens, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 390 meters, bus stop in 530 meters
  • City Garden Apartment (Map), 17a Tudor Street Riverside, double room about 44 EUR, city, train station Cardiff Central about 305 meters, bus stop in 285 meters
  • YHA Cardiff (Map), 2 Wedal Road Roath Park, city, bus stop in 680 meters, lines 363, 354,
  • The Cardiff Apartment (Map), 51 The Aspect 140 Queen Street, double room about 60 EUR, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 115 meters, train station Cathays about 875 meters, bus stop in 185 meters
  • Nomad Backpacker (Map), 11-15 Howard Gardens CF24 0EF, Cardiff, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 390 meters, bus stop in 525 meters
  • Bunkhouse (Map), 94 St Mary street Cardiff, city, train station Cardiff Central about 335 meters, bus stop in 505 meters

  • Mid-range
  • Ty Rosa Boutique B&B (Map), 118 Clive Street CF11 7JE, Cardiff, double room about 62 EUR, highly recommended, city, train station Grangetown about 250 meters, bus stop in 870 meters
  • Sky Plaza Hotel (Map), Port Road Rhoose Nr Barry Cardiff, popular, outside, lines 363, 354,
  • Maltsters (Map), 42-44 Cardiff Road, Llandaff CF5 2DS, Cardiff, popular, city, bus stop in 135 meters
  • Constantinou Apartments (Map), Cowbridge road east CF5 1JD, Cardiff, popular, city, train station Ninian Park about 610 meters, bus stop in 490 meters
  • Premier Inn Cardiff West (Map), Port Road, Nantisaf, Wenvoe CF5 6DD, Cardiff, double room about 72 EUR, popular, lines 363, 354,
  • Premier Inn Cardiff North (Map), Pentwyn Road CF23 7XH, Cardiff, double room about 75 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 700 meters, lines 363, 354,
  • Bay Apartments (Map), Ferry Court Road, CF11 0JB Cardiff, popular, city, bus stop in 505 meters
  • Premier Inn Cardiff Roath (Map), Ipswich Road, CF23 9AQ Cardiff, double room about 79 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 930 meters
  • Holiday Inn Cardiff City (Map), Castle Street CF10 1XD, Cardiff, city, train station Cardiff Central about 665 meters, bus stop in 525 meters
  • Premier Inn Cardiff City South (Map), East Moors Industrial Estate, Keen Road CF24 5JT, Cardiff, double room about 77 EUR, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 935 meters, bus stop in 1030 meters
  • The Big Sleep Hotel (Map), Bute Terrace, Glamorgan CF10 2FE, Cardiff, double room about 63 EUR, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 440 meters, bus stop in 370 meters
  • Legacy Cardiff International (Map), Merthry Road CF157LD, Cardiff, double room about 56 EUR, lines 363, 354,
  • YHA Cardiff (Map), 2 Wedal Road, CF14 3QX Cardiff, double room about 23 EUR, city, bus stop in 805 meters
  • St Hilary Hotel (Map), 144 Cathedral Road, CF11 9JB Cardiff, double room about 68 EUR, city, bus stop in 685 meters
  • Penrhys Hotel (Map), 127 Cathedral Road, CF11 9PJ Cardiff, double room about 82 EUR, city, bus stop in 600 meters

  • High price
  • The Riverhouse Backpackers (Map), 59 Fitzhamon Embankment, CF11 6AN Cardiff, tel.+442920399810 , http://www.riverhousebackpackers.com, highly recommended, city, train station Cardiff Central about 535 meters, bus stop in 425 meters
  • A Space in the City @ Quayside (Map), Bute Street, CF10 5AL Cardiff Bay, highly recommended, city, train station Cardiff Bay about 365 meters, bus stop in 385 meters
  • Jolyon's Boutique Hotel (Map), Bute Cresent, CF10 5AN Cardiff, popular, city, train station Cardiff Bay about 375 meters, bus stop in 395 meters
  • Dexby Townhouse (Map), 126 Cathedral Road, CF11 9LQ Cardiff, double room about 94 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 650 meters
  • The Town House (Map), 70 Cathedral Road, CF11 9LL Cardiff, double room about 94 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 515 meters
  • The St David's Hotel & Spa (Map), Havannah Street CF10 5SD, double room about 127 EUR, popular, city, train station Cardiff Bay about 760 meters, bus stop in 775 meters
  • Century Wharf Serviced Apartments (Map), Dumballs Road, CF10 5NS Cardiff, Wales, popular, city, train station Cardiff Bay about 475 meters, train station Cardiff Central about 860 meters, bus stop in 445 meters
  • A Space in the City @ Century Wharf (Map), Century Wharf CF10 5NZ, Cardiff, popular, city, train station Cardiff Bay about 500 meters, bus stop in 485 meters
  • Flat 5 (Map), Cathedral Road CF119JE, Cardiff, double room about 110 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 645 meters
  • Jolyons @ No.10 (Map), 10 Cathedral Road, CF11 9LJ Cardiff , double room about 188 EUR, popular, city, bus stop in 910 meters
  • Austins Guesthouse - Cardiff (Map), 11, Coldstream Terrace, CF11 6LJ Cardiff, double room about 48 EUR, popular, city, train station Cardiff Central about 635 meters, bus stop in 515 meters
  • Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa Cardiff (Map), 24-26 Newport Road, double room about 98 EUR, popular, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 290 meters, train station Cathays about 970 meters, bus stop in 625 meters
  • The Parc Hotel, by Thistle (Map), 1 Park Place CF10 3UD, Cardiff, double room about 148 EUR, popular, city, train station Cardiff Queen Street about 290 meters, train station Cathays about 765 meters, bus stop in 195 meters

  • Hostels and budget hotels are relatively expensive. Hotels are , however, expensive.
    Camping
  • Tredegar House about 13 km from from the city, train station Bassaleg Junction about 1990 meters, bus stop in 810 meters.
  • Cwmcarn Forest Drive Campsite about 17 km from from the city, train station Crosskeys about 1865 meters.
  • Acorn Holiday Park about 23 km outside, train station Llantwit Major about 1170 meters. Next beach about 1450 meters.

  • Caravan
  • Caravan: here, here and here.
  • Attractions

    General

    The Norwegian Church Cardiff Bay, next to Assembly was first established in Cardiff Bay to serve large community of Norwegian sailors working in docks. Its main claim to fame is as place where author Roald Dahl was christened, but today it is a cafe and art gallery (Map).
    Cardiff Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerdydd) is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort in the Castle Quarter of Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The Castle is a Grade I Listed Building (Map).
    The National Assembly for Wales or the Senedd Cardiff Bay is the seat of Wales' national government and was opened on St David's Day 1st March 2006 by the Queen. Visitors have a chance to see public debates from the viewing gallery or a free tour around the building, which is made out of purely Welsh materials, and how it is designed eco-friendly (Map).
    The Llandaff Cardiff Ghost Walk. (Map).
    Welsh National Opera. (Map).
    St. David's Cathedral. (Map).
    St. John the Baptist Church. (Map).
    The Doctor Who Exhibition Cardiff Bay, is operated out of Red Dragon centre. This exhibition boasts various props and displays of series, as well as a guide to various locations in Cardiff and Waareas that were used as filming locations for BBC's series Torchwood (Map).
    Castell Coch meaning the 'Red Castle' in Welsh is a fairytale castle nestled on a hill in the outskirts of the city. Built for the 3rd Marquis of Bute, who was at one time the richest man in the world (Map).

    Museum

    Martin Tinney Gallery. (Map).
    The Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans , free admission. Tel: +44 029 2057 3500 (Map).
    National Museum & Gallery of Wales Free admission. Cathays Park, Tel: +44 029 2039 7951 (Map).
    The National History Museum, St. Fagan's. (Map).
    Wales Millennium Centre (Welsh: Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru) is an arts centre located in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff, Wales. The site covers a total area of 4 (Map).
    Chapter. (Map).
    Kooywood Gallery. (Map).
    Techniquest Cardiff Bay, near Millennium Centre has over 160 science and technology exhibits to entertain whofamily. There is also a Science Theatre and tours of Universe in Planetarium (Map).

    Parks

    Bute Park A very large and beautiful park in the centre of the city, adjoining the city centre at Cardiff castle. (Map).
    Roath Park. (Map).
    Parc Cefn Onn. (Map).
    Dyffryn Gardens. (Map).
    Heath Park. (Map).

    Nature

    Caerphilly Mountain. With public transport: eg. From Caerphilly with Line Rhymney and bus Line 50 and bus Line A and bus Line J and bus Line 120 and bus Line B (Map).
    Twmbarlwm Mountain. (Map).

    Beaches

    Penarth Beach: With public transport: bus Line 94, bus Line 92, bus Line 93 and bus Line 87. By car: 18 km in 0:25 h

    Activities

    Hiking
  • Rhymney River Circular
  • Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk
  • Forge Walk

  • Bicycle
  • Lôn Las Cymru
  • National Cycle Network Route 4
  • Ely Trail
  • Aber Cycleway
  • Link to Lon Las Cymru


  • Gym: Dragon CrossFit (Unit 14-15, Curran Buildings, Curran Rd, Cardiff)
  • Gym: Dave's Gym (160-162 Cottrell Rd, Cardiff)
  • Wellness/Gym: Vitality Gym & Heath Club. (Park Chambers, 8-16 Park Pl, Cardiff)
  • Gym: Vitality Gym & Heath Club. (Park Chambers, 8-16 Park Pl, Cardiff)
  • Wellness/Gym: Windsor Barbers (17 Windsor Pl, Cardiff)
  • Wellness/Gym: Aurora (25 Pantbach Rd, Cardiff)
  • Gym: The Fitness Factory Cardiff (Canal Business Park, Dumballs Rd, Cardiff)
  • Gym: Smash The Fat Fitness & Fat Loss Boot Camp Cardiff (Ararat Baptist Church, Whitchurch, Cardiff)

  • Canoe hire: Cardiff International White Water Park
  • Climbing: Boulders Climbing Centre
  • Climbing: Viaduct Quarry
  • Skateboard: Cardiff Barrage Skate Park
  • Skateboard: Carve Wicked skate park
  • Prices

    The price level is average.
    Daily needs for a budget traveller: ca. 40 - 50 Euros
    Daily needs for an average traveller: ca. 80 - 90 Euros

    Factsheet

    Country: United Kingdom
    Region: Wales
    Coordinates: X: -3.18 / Y: 51.48
    Altitude: 0 Mres
    Timezone: Europe/London
    Population: 302.139 Inhabitants

    Type: Stadt
    Popularity as travel destination (0-20): 12
    Tourism in Cardiff: hoch
    Popular with backpackers: beliebt
    Best travel months: Jul Aug Jun
    Price level for travel (Frankfurt Main=100): 97

    Climate

    Jan
    4.56 °C
    100 mm
    Feb
    4.43 °C
    72.99 mm
    Mar
    6.09 °C
    75 mm
    Apr
    8.01 °C
    57.01 mm
    Mai
    11 °C
    63 mm
    Jun
    14.04 °C
    59.01 mm
    Jul
    15.87 °C
    58 mm
    Aug
    15.82 °C
    73 mm
    Sep
    13.84 °C
    78.99 mm
    Okt
    11.03 °C
    92 mm
    Nov
    7.28 °C
    93 mm
    Dec
    5.43 °C
    102 mm

    Best travel months: Jul Aug Jun --> climate diagram
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