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About Cardiff

Cardiff’s popularity as a destination for visitors is relatively new, and there’s a nice buzz on a busy weekend - especially when the rugby is on - with the shopping districts doing a lively trade and the pubs, clubs and restaurants enjoying the same crowds in the evenings. The best places to stay in Cardiff reflect the city’s appreciation of its past as well as embracing its 21st Century popularity, so there are some modern luxury hotels and a couple of old charmers.

Cardiff is overlooked by its ancient castle fort, and, in turn overlooks the modernised waterfront and the bay. Which is a pretty good analogy for the city itself, a good mix of recent innovative architecture that still preserves the city’s heritage.

That said, Cardiff has only been the Welsh capital since 1955, and it only became a city in 1905, after it had become an important coal port. So it’s not just Cardiff’s popularity with visitors that’s recent.

But people have lived in this area for a long time and there are several significant local burial grounds, some of them dating from around 6,000 years ago, around 1,500 years before Stonehenge was built. The Romans are known to have built a fort here in 75 AD, and a castle has occupied the same position since 1081 - which is today one of the city’s top visitor attractions, with its Norman motte-and-bailey centre, medieval keep and rather extravagant, Victorian mock-Gothic additions. The castle is also surrounded by lovely Bute Park.

If you want to appreciate more of modern Cardiff then the Docklands' regeneration is for you. There’s really a lot to see and do here, even when the sport isn’t on.

What Not To Miss

  • The National Museum of Cardiff houses a truly wonderful collection, with over 500 years worth of paintings, sculptures and silver including one of Europe's finest collection of Impressionist art. There's also an array of galleries showing Wales' rich natural history as well as dinosaur displays.
  • Catch a show at the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex with opera, ballet, hip-hop and stand up comedy featured.
  • The National History Museum at St. Fagans is a vast outdoor museum with a variety of historical buildings brought here from all over the country. Ranging from Celtic villages to a miners' institute, this is a great place to learn all about Wales' past.
  • The 19th-century Gothic revival Castell Coch features dazzlingly colourful interiors and splendid architecture, including a moat, draw bridge and dungeon. You'll feel as if you're in a fairy tale!
  • If you're in Cardiff during the Six Nations Championships be sure head over to the Principality Stadium and watch Wales play. No matter who you support you'll love the atmosphere here, with almost 75,000 fans passionately supporting the home team and almost taking the roof off with their noise!

Our pick of the best places to stay in Cardiff range from a cliffside stunner to a budget B&B in the city centre. Whilst there isn't a vast choice, all provide the ideal base for exploring this vibrant destination.

For stunning views

  • Holm House occupies a tranquil spot on top of the Penarth Cliffs, overlooking the stunning Welsh coastline, so you’ll feel a bit seaside-y on your city break. As well as 12 individually designed and decorated rooms, Holm House has a luxurious spa and a fine dining restaurant.

For great value

  • The Hotel One Hundred is a seven room B&B right in the heart of the city centre. Each room has a full en suite and there’s a continental breakfast on offer each morning. Great value and just a short stroll from most of the major attractions.

For a city break

  • St David's Hotel & Spa is a large hotel right on Cardiff Bay, with a wonderful waterside restaurant, a luxurious spa and stylish decor throughout.
  • Cathedral 73 is a beautifully renovated Victorian townhouse in one of Cardiff’s smartest neighbourhoods. The nine rooms are elegantly furnished, bright and airy, and the bathrooms are enormous. The indulgent breakfasts will set you up for the day’s sightseeing, and you’re close to many of the main attractions.

For An Apartment

  • If you've decided that a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Weather-wise, Cardiff is at its best during the summer months - with the average temperature reaching 16°C in July and August.
  • It may be fairly busy at this time, however, so if you want to avoid the crowds then perhaps a visit in spring or autumn would be your best bet. The average temperature is only around 11°C in May and October, so remember to pack a jumper or a coat!
  • Visitors can fly into Cardiff Airport, situated 12 miles south-west of the city. This is served daily by a number of domestic and European destinations.
  • From here, hop on the T9 bus to the city centre which runs every 20 minutes and on the weekends is free!
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Cardiff

  • Hotel One Hundred Cardiff 7 rooms from £48

    Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
    Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
    Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
    Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
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    Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre. See More

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  • Holm House Cardiff (Penarth) 12 rooms from £110

    Learning  -  Visit the local Turner House Art Gallery
    Other Activities  -  Visit nearby Cosmeston Medieval Village
    Wildlife Area  -  Explore Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
    Golf  -  The Glamorganshire Golf Club
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    Located in a tranquil setting on the Penarth cliff tops, with stunning views of the Welsh coastline, Holm House Hotel is the perfect seaside escape. The hotel boasts a luxury spa, fine dining and lavishly decorated, individually designed bedrooms. A contemporary hotel with a warm heart. See More

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  • Cathedral 73 Cardiff 9 rooms from £125

    City Style  -  An elegant base in Cardiff's chicest neighbourhood.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a stroll through the park to Cardiff Castle.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A beautifully renovated Victorian townhouse in one of Cardiff's smartest districts. Elegantly furnished rooms are bright and airy with sash windows, soft hues and enormous modern bathrooms. With indulgent breakfasts and easy access to the city's main attractions this is an ideal base. See More

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  • St David's Hotel & Spa Cardiff 142 rooms from £286

    Designer Shopping  -  Visit St. David’s or Capitol Shopping Centre
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Exquisite Architecture at Cathays Park
    Great walks  -  Take a Stroll Along the Beautiful Cardiff Bay
    Other Activities  -  Enjoy a Performance at the New Theatre
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    St. David's is set in an iconic, modern building with stunning views across Cardiff Bay. The Hotel features a restaurant with waterside terrace, a luxury spa and stylish bedrooms. Just 2 miles from the city centre the hotel is perfectly suited for short breaks, conferences, or weddings. See More

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