Cardiff has been the capital of Wales since 1955, it became a city in 1905 and by 1913 was a major port for transporting coal. Today Cardiff has plenty of visitor attractions and places of interest making it a great destination for a city break.
Although the city is compact and fairly easy to stroll around if time is limited it may benefit you to buy a daily travel pass, these can be purchased on the Cardiff buses and give unlimited travel around Cardiff and Penarth. There are other travel pass options and if you would like more details contact the Tourist Office in the city.
Cardiff also has regular hop on and off guided bus tours an easy way of seeing the main attractions and learning a little about the city’s history you can leave the bus at the place that interests you, explore, then get one back when you are ready to leave.
Cardiff Castle is a very popular tourist attraction, it started out as a Roman Fort, in the 19th century it was renovated by architect William Burgess the work was commissioned by the 3rd Marquis of Bute. The lavish and elaborate décor of the interior is spectacular, rich with murals, marble and stained glass. If you are feeling energetic you might enjoy a climb up the steps to the tower of the Norman Keep. There are peacocks on the Castle green and for those of you looking to learn a little something about Welsh Military history you should visit the museums within the castle.
Outside the castle entrance you can catch one of the open-air buses, learn a little about the history of the city and get to see Alexandra Gardens, Cardiff Bay and the Millennium Stadium.
There are guided tours available to the magnificent Millennium Stadium which may be of interest to some of you. These will need to be booked in advance of your visit to Cardiff to avoid been disappointed, for more information or if you wish to book try www.cardiff-stadium.co.uk. Other guided tours on offer are Walking Tours these give an insight in to the history of the area and make you feel good!
The National Museum & Gallery of Wales has many fine displays including an archaeology gallery with Bronze Age remains. There is a remarkable collection of silver and gold coins which date back to the Civil War. With several galleries to visit you are spoiled for choice there are some surprising and exciting art collections.
Cardiff Bay is approximately a 15-20 minute walk from the city centre, you can take a bus or train if you prefer. Looking out on to the Bay is the modern award winning Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre it has become a recognised landmark in this area, this innovative building tells the story of the Bay. The Bay is a lively place with an interesting history; and has restaurants, trendy bars and clubs that may be of interest to you.
On Mount Stuart Square you will see the Coal Exchange which was built in 1886 to day it is an arts venue, nearby Bute Street is where you may find some Welsh Craftsmen showing off their work, you can purchase the attractive jewellery and the crafts. There are plenty of shopping opportunities within the city the old shopping arcades are delightful to explore. Queen Street has many famous name brands as well as cafes, restaurants and bars. Other shopping malls include St. David’s Centre, Queens Arcade and Mermaid Quay some of the main stores open on Sundays.
For evening entertainment you can choose from cinemas or a theatre production, relax and enjoy a restaurant meal. If you prefer there are music bars and clubs, at the heart of Cardiff Bay you will find some trendy venues to visit.
Cardiff Bay is home to a number of attractions and leisure activities. There is a full range of accommodation from hostels, B&B’s to 5 star hotels, something to suit all budgets. There is plenty on offer to enable you to have a lovely holiday break.