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 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 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
- 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 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
- Member rate £47.50
- Basic rate £50
Accessible room with 2 single beds
- member rate £47.50
- Basic rate £50
Bunkhouse is in the heart of Cardiff, located on one of the main streets. This hostel prides itself is its safe and clean accommodation.
Mixed dormitory, Female only, Male only
Prices start from £9
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.
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.
Where to eat
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!
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.
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!
Where to Drink
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.
TIP: if you are going on a weekend, go in the day time as it does get quite busy when people finish work.
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 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!
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.
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.