The capital of Wales, Cardiff is one of the United Kingdom’s most popular tourist destinations. Ogle the wonders of Cardiff Castle and its Roman ruins, catch a match or take a tour of Millennium Stadium, and marvel at the architecture of Llandaff Cathedral, dating back to 1107. Art and culture buffs will love St Fagans National History Museum and the National Museum of Wales, while shopaholics can give their credit card a workout in Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades, along with Queen Street, St. Mary's Street and The Hayes. If all that activity has left you hungry, stop to sample some traditional Welsh cuisine. Tatws pum munud is a stew of vegetables, potato and bacon, while Welsh rarebit is a fancy way of saying melted cheese on toast. Whatever it’s called, it’s truly delicious. If you choose self-catering Cardiff accommodation, you can also take advantage of the city’s excellent RCMA Farmers’ Markets. Visit one of the four market locations (Llandaff North, Rhiwbina, Roath and Riverside) to stock up on everything from breads, cheeses and olives to fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. You’ll not only save money on dining out, but will get to shop amongst the locals for a true taste of Cardiff life.
When to go to Cardiff
Cardiff is a great year round tourist destination, with warm, sunny summers and mild springs and autumns. Don’t discount a Cardiff holiday in winter, though, as this affords the opportunity to experience the magic of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland.
Getting to and around Cardiff
Most tourists arrive in Cardiff via flights to Cardiff International Airport, although it’s also possible to travel to Cardiff by train from London’s Paddington Station in just two hours. Once in Cardiff, the city is compact and easily explored on foot, although bus and train make good public transport options.
Where to stay in Cardiff
When choosing accommodation in Cardiff, apartments make a great alternative to more expensive, touristy hotels. Not only will booking your very own self-catering Cardiff accommodation save you money, you’ll enjoy far superior space, freedom and privacy. HouseTrip has a number of quality self catering apartments in Cardiff, ranging from small, affordable studio apartments suitable for couples to large, multi-room apartments ideal for families and groups of friends. Plus, finding and booking your Cardiff accommodation is easy with HouseTrip – you can even do it in as little as six clicks.