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Situated in the historic county of Glamorgan, Cardiff is one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom and a relatively young capital of Wales. From architecture dating back to the Norman period to streets lined with trendy bistros, the city puts forth a good balancing act as a modern metropolis with medieval roots.

Tourism in Cardiff is largely centred on its rich history and culture. A visit to Cardiff Castle will give you a glimpse of the region’s medieval chronicles. You can also take a walk through the grounds of Castell Coch, a Gothic revival castle peeping out of ancient beech woods. Another prominent fortification to explore is the 13th-century Caerphilly Castle appearing to rise from a lake.

The natural backdrops of this Welsh city are best discovered on foot – be it walking along the waterfront area of the scenic Cardiff Bay or the heritage trails of Fforest Fawr. You’ll also spot many urban parks on your trip to Cardiff, one of them being the Bute Park – a landscaped garden along the banks of River Taff.

Cardiff’s shopping portfolio comprises timeless Victorian and Edwardian arcades, suburban retail parks and indoor markets. You’ll find independent boutiques and cafés at Royal Arcade, high-end brands at St David’s and fresh organic produce at Pontcanna Farmers Market.

Tonight

From £47 per night

This weekend

From £301 per night

Next weekend

From £208 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £6 per night
Average weekday price £5 per night
Typical stay 1 night

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8.0

Whenever we needed help the rail staff and residents were...

6 February 2023

Whenever we needed help the rail staff and residents were most kind and helpful. Cardiff has now grown into a huge living factory which I believe means it is gaining a cosmopolitan rather than a Welsh identity.

Don
Don United Kingdom
10

Reception really helpful and friendly the bar staff too...

30 January 2023

Reception really helpful and friendly the bar staff too really great. Location fabulous - parked in NCP across the road from hotel - the key pad too sensitive to use, tried several times, therefore we did not get any money off as a Park Plaza Guest!. Room was on the small size - the air conditioning was non existent we both woke up hot and couldn't get back sleep - opened the window such a tiny gap and no air that was the worst bit such a shame as the hotel is lovely.

Karen
Karen United Kingdom
10

We visited Cardiff specifically to see a gig at the arena,...

30 January 2023

We visited Cardiff specifically to see a gig at the arena, however we did visit the castle. This was a beautiful castle, very interesting and definitely worth a visit. The late shopping area was lovely. Plenty of restaurants. I would love to come back in the Summer.

Eunice
Eunice United Kingdom
10

Cardiff is very nice, lots to do and see, clean and well...

28 January 2023

Cardiff is very nice, lots to do and see, clean and well organised, many fun and curious places to go: the castle, museums, restaurants and coffee places. Bonus points for the game stores, comic shops and board game cafe!

Maurice van V
Maurice van V United Kingdom
8.0

As a swansea resident, visiting Cardiff has always been an...

14 January 2023

As a swansea resident, visiting Cardiff has always been an event in itself. So much more to see and do than swansea. Staying for 2 nights this time gave us the opportunity to see and do so much! 3 full days was probably enough though

Karen
Karen United Kingdom
8.0

Cardiff is diverse and has many things going for it.

5 January 2023

Cardiff is diverse and has many things going for it. There are adventurous things to do down towards the water, there is historic stuff available and it has good shopping too. The people are relatively friendly as well which always helps. Lots of night life from good restaurants to clubs and pubs. Good area to set as a base as you can venture to lots of places fromhere. Be careful driving around, speed cameras seem to be all over the place.

Adrian
Adrian United Kingdom

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