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A Complete Travel Guide to Cardiff Wales

Cardiff has been voted one of the best cities to the in the UK, and I know I may be biased but its bloody great. Here’s a complete travel guide to Cardiff Wales to show you why;

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Where to stay

Cardiff has a variety of hotels, B&Bs and hostels for any budget. Here are the options for a more luxury stay;

St David’s hotel

St David’s Hotel is a 5 star waterfront hotel and spa based in Cardiff bay. It offers floor to ceiling windows, private balconies and a spa (which has been voted one of the best spas in the UK by Conde Nast Traveller).

There are 8 choices of rooms to choose from: (average per night)

  • Standard – £91.80
  • Double double room – £117.90
  • Superior, King – £114
  • Deluxe, King – £114.30
  • Premier, King – £126
  • Junior suite – £151.20
  • Signature suite – £321.30
  • St David’s suite – £397.80

Average nightly rate (weekday): £93.25 – Includes breakfast for 2, extra cost for more people.

Check out the spa price list here.

Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn is a grand Victorian building in the heart of Cardiff city centre.

  • Standard single room – £59 (£70 with breakfast)
  • Twin room – £69 (£80 with breakfast)
  • Standard double & single room -£69 (£80 with breakfast)
  • Standard double room – £69 (£80 with breakfast)
  • Accessible double room – £69 (£80 with breakfast)
  • King room – £79 (£90 with breakfast)
  • King room with superior package (includes water, biscuits, upgraded toiletries, early check in and late check out, complimentary coffee and discounts on food from restaurant) – £99 (£110 with breakfast)
  • Junior suite with super king bed – £119 (£130 with breakfast).

Marriott Hotel

Marriott Hotel is in the perfect location if you are travelling to Cardiff for business or pleasure.

Superior double / double guest room

  • member rate £142
  • Flexible rate £145
  • Member rate with breakfast £152

Deluxe queen guest room

  • Member rate £108
  • Flexible rate £110
  • Member rate with breakfast £118

Executive guest room

  • Member rate £137
  • Flexible rate £140

Executive suite

  • Member rate £110

Market kitchen (open all day)

  • Buffet breakfast £16.50
  • Continental £16.50

But if luxury isn’t for you, here are a few budget option all around the city;


All Sleeperz hotels are located by main train stations and are great if you’re on a budget.

TIP: 10% discount off all rates when you join sleeperz select. 

  • Queen double room – £55.80
  • Compact double room – £47.70
  • Cabin / twin rooms – £48.60
  • Adapted rooms – £55.80

IBIS budget 

Ibis budget is another great value hotel in the city centre, a stone’s throw away from Cardiff Motorpoint Arena.

TIP: pre book parking via the Justpark website or app using the location ID 192917. 

Triple room with double bed and single bunk bed

  • member rate £47.50
  • Basic rate £50

Double room

  • Member rate £47.50
  • Basic rate £50

Accessible room with 2 single beds

  • member rate £47.50
  • Basic rate £50

Credit: Ibis Budget



Bunkhouse is in the heart of Cardiff, located on one of the main streets. This hostel prides itself is its safe and clean accommodation.

Rooms available;

Mixed dormitory, Female only, Male only

Prices start from £9

Nos da 

Nos Da is welsh for ‘Good Night’, and is a backpacker’s hostel based just out of the city centre next to the Principality stadium. There is a public bar that always has live music and events taking place, and also serves food.

Prices start from £12 and private rooms are available.

Mrs Potts

Located a few doors down from Bunkhouse. Mrs Potts is a perfect relaxing home from home where you can cook and wash your clothes in the shared facilities.

Prices start from £15.

credit: Mrs Potts

Where to eat

Blue Honey

By day 4-5 Quay Street is Sully’s Cafe but at 5pm it becomes Blue Honey Night Cafe. Serving boa buns, tempura kale to dirty fries and so much more including vegan options!

A Complete Travel Guide to Cardiff Wales

Sticky Fingers

Having recently moved to a new location in Roath, sticky fingers is a bar with a lot of street food options! Great if there’s a few of you and you all want to try different food, also great for date night. (Dusty knuckle is my fave!)

They are currently serving dusty knuckle pizza, hoof burger, Indian street food Tukka Tuk and eastern kebabs Bab Haus.

Opens at 4pm, traders start serving from 5pm.

The Ivy

A recent addition to Cardiff. The Ivy is on the expensive side for both drinks, but it’s perfect for an occasion or date night!

Menu is available online. 

A Complete Travel Guide to Cardiff Wales

Where to Drink

Penny royal

An independent cocktail bar located on St Mary’s Street in between the escape rooms and rum & fizz! Candlelit lighting & chilled hip hop, pennyroyal has a relaxing vibe with great customer service from the staff.

Cocktails range from £9 – £12

Head of steam

Head of steam is a craft beer bar located on Church Street. With a wide range of alcohol to choose from, an amazing food menu (with so many vegetarian & vegan options) and they play great music, this is a winner for me!

Slug & Lettuce

If you love cocktails and great food, then you have to go to the new Slug & Lettuce on Queen Street. The cocktails are 241, all day every day.

A Complete Travel Guide to Cardiff Wales

TIP: if you are going on a weekend, go in the day time as it does get quite busy when people finish work. 

Tiny Rebel

With the Tiny Rebel brewery based down the road in Newport, you have to try the locally brewed beer in this quirky bar on the corner of woman you street. There are events and live music happening on any day of the week. They also sell food which is on offer on wriggle.

Things to do in Cardiff 

Chance & Encounters – Board Game Cafe

A board game cafe opened by 3 friends, and is situated on Queen Street between Penny Royal and Nest 23. There are more than 500 games to choose from, with the bar selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a great venue

St Fagans

St Fagan’s National Museum of History is an open air Museum located in the West of Cardiff. This open air museum displays the historical lifestyle, architecture and culture of Welsh people. This little museum is great for kids and has exhibitions happening throughout the year, and if you go in springtime you can see little piglets being born!

A Complete Travel Guide to Cardiff Wales

Taff Trail

The Taff Trail is a cycle and walking path that runs for 55 miles, from Cardiff to Brecon. The route is perfect for a warm summer’s days. To take a detour, you can get on and off whenever/wherever you want.

Roath Conservatory

The big green conservatory full of exotic plants, birds and fish is Cardiff’s best secret spot. The temperature in the green house is never less than 50c and is run by 2 men.

The botanical garden is open 7 days a week from 10:30am and closes at 3pm.


  • Adults – £1.05
  • Concessions – 55p
  • Children under 5 go in for free


Cardiff has the best and prettiest arcades, which are full to the brim of amazing independent cafes, vintage shops, hair salons, restaurants and so much more. There are 7 unique arcades all around the city centre, including Wyndham Arcade, Dominions Arcade, Morgan Arcade, Royal Arcade, Duke Street, Castle Arcade and High Street Arcade.

Check out the City of Arcades website for lots of offers on food and gifts to be won.


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  • Reply Monique Georgiann Aldridge

    Looks amazing!

    March 18, 2020 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Karen

    The restaurants look amazing. Might just be a reason to visit!

    March 18, 2020 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Julie Ruhl

    I love how detailed this post is! The prices are super helpful to budget for a trip here. Thanks for sharing

    March 19, 2020 at 2:16 am
  • Reply Kanupriyaa

    I’ve been wanting to go out to a cold place for a while now, living in Cali with the sun gets tiring after a while and Wales look so good!

    March 19, 2020 at 3:15 am
  • Reply Heather Raulerson

    Ooh! I’m so glad to find this. I’ve been looking to spend time in Cardiff when I can start traveling again. I will be saving this for info later. Thank you for sharing!

    March 19, 2020 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Cassie Bailey

    I absolutely love Wales but never made it to Cardiff (spent lots of time in North Wales). I’m so glad you included prices! Sometimes there’s no indication haha.

    March 20, 2020 at 12:10 am
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