Planning a trip to the Welsh capital? Take a look at our top-rated recommendations
With its outstanding castle, world-class stadium and great shopping, bars and restaurants, Cardiff offers something for everyone.
The Welsh capital might be a wonderfully modern city, but it’s also one that is never far from its roots. Proclaimed the first ever capital of Wales in 1955, Cardiff was granted city status in 1905 after its landscape changed dramatically with the industrial revolution.
The city today is home to a wealth of historical houses, castles and elegant buildings, as well as a vibrant food and entertainment scene – in fact, what sets Cardiff apart is this unique mix of old and new. With an abundance of green space to boot, this friendly and compact destination has all the components for a memorable Weekend Escape. Take a look at our selection of top-rated things to do, places to stay and restaurants to enjoy on your trip.
Things to do
Discover nearly 2,000 years of history in the heart of the city with a visit to Cardiff Castle. Climb the mighty Norman Keep, marvel at the splendour of the Castle Apartments and experiences the tunnels within the castle walls which were used as air-raid shelters during the Second World War. A visit to the National Museum Cardiff is also a must. Situated in the city’s elegant civic centre, this incredible museum’s richly diverse range of exhibitions has something to fascinate every visitor.
If you’re in need of refreshment after a busy morning exploring, wander down to the Royal Arcade where you’ll find a host of independent coffee shops, cafés and delicatessens, along with plenty of shops that are perfect for a spot of retail therapy. For a slower pace, relax in the lush greenery of Bute Park, or take a trip out of the city to enjoy the 55 acres of stunning scenery at Dyffryn Gardens. Set an afternoon or evening aside to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Cardiff Bay, where the former dockyard has been transformed into a thriving waterfront.
No sports fan’s trip to Cardiff is complete without experiencing the Champions Lap of Honour Stadium Tour at the Principality Stadium – the iconic home of Welsh football and rugby.
Places to stay
Whether you’re looking for budget-friendly options in the heart of the city, or a luxurious retreat on the outskirts, Cardiff has plenty of accommodation options to suit every requirement.
Where to eat
Cardiff is renowned for its richly varied and eclectic food scene. From the intriguing atmosphere of Bully’s, to venturing round Cardiff Bay for delicious pub grub with spectacular harbour views, you’ll be spoilt for choice on your weekend away.