Guide: Cardiff

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Introduction

Cardiff boasts an array of sights and attractions to suit all ages, from the Millennium centre in Cardiff Bay - home of the Welsh National Opera among others - to Cardiff Castle, which sits proudly in the centre of the city.

If you’re a sports fan then Cardiff is the perfect place for you - it was even named European Capital of Sport in 2014. Cardiff City FC and the Wales national football team play at Cardiff City Stadium, and Glamorgan play cricket at the Swalec Stadium, which has also hosted England test matches. Both are a short walk from the city centre. If rugby is your thing then Cardiff is the place to be. Head to the city during the Six Nations tournament and attend a match at the Principality Stadium, or soak up the incredible atmosphere in one of Cardiff’s many pubs, bars and restaurants.

History

There has been a fort on the site of Cardiff Castle since the Roman times, and the current Castle site includes an 11th century Norman keep and a Victorian Gothic fantasy palace. A tour is a must for any visit.

The city gained prominence during the late 19th century as a major exporting town, particularly coal, and was at one point the biggest exporter of coal in the world. Cardiff became a city in 1905, and was granted the title of Wales’ capital city in 1955. It is it Europe’s youngest capital, and is also growing at the same rate as London.

Places to Stay

Cathedral 73- Cathedral Road

Located in Pontcanna, just a few minutes walk from the city centre, is Cathedral 73. This boutique bed and breakfast offers luxurious rooms with all the home comforts you need, from cosy bathrobes to deluxe toiletries. If you’re celebrating a special occasion why not go for the hotel’s self contained old coach house, which boasts two bedrooms and an open plan kitchen and living area. You can even request extras like a personal butler service, a personal chef and a Rolls Royce chauffer.

Rooms from £150 per night.

Holm House

If you’re looking to stay somewhere a little quieter, Holm House in Penarth might just be the place for you. The hotel offers the choice of twelve different rooms and suites, with most boasting impressive views of the Bristol Channel, as well as an extensive range of treatments to enjoy in the on-site spa. With Cardiff just a short drive away, Penarth is the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries by the sea.

Rooms from £110 per night.

Cardiff places to Visit