A city break in Cardiff

Once a small shipping port for Iron and Coal from the Welsh Valleys. Now a modern and cosmopolitan capital city. It’s come a long way and in the past few decades to become a popular holiday destination and stepping stone to explore the rest of Wales. There’s now some great shopping and cultural districts to explore, pretty open squares and even an impressive castle too. Here’s our top tips for a weekend in Cardiff.

Entertainment

One thing Cardiff does well is nightlife. It’s become a mecca for short weekend breaks and party goers so you’re sure to find a wide and varied selection of things to do at night. For stand-up comedy go to the Glee Club at Mermaid Quay. If you’re looking for a nightclub you can’t go wrong with Evolution at Atlantic Wharf Leisure Park. Widely considered Cardiff’s best dance club.

The Wales Millenium Centre is the biggest venue for theatre shows and concerts. This part of town has become quite iconic thanks to recent TV shows and its numerous theatres and studios host everything from famous bands to west end musicals and contemporary dance.

Millenium Stadium

Arguably one of the UK’s best sports stadiums. If you’re a fan of Football or Rugby you’ll want to watch a match here. With a capacity of 74,500 the atmosphere is always electric. The Wales Rugby Union team are based here and it’ll also be heavily used during the 2012 Olympics too. There’s some great international rugby matches and with tickets for under 16s less than half price it’s a great day out for the family. Go to millenniumstadium.com for tickets.

Castles

No trip to Cardiff would be complete without a visit to Cardiff Castle. It’s actually a Victorian Mansion and medieval castle so there’s lots to explore here. It’s very easy to get to by bus and train which is just 10 minutes walk away. You can even get there by boat! With over 2000 years of history you could spend all day here. Check out cardiffcastle.com for more information.

Getting to Cardiff

Cardiff has an International Airport about 12 miles from the city which connects to lots of UK destinations and various parts of Europe too. You can also get trains to Cardiff from major stations at London, Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester. Once you’re in Cardiff the efficient bus service is the best way to get around. Grab yourself a “day to go ticket” if you’re sight-seeing.

Weather

As with most of the UK the weather can be changeable so plan for all types. The average temperature is usually around 20C with peaks in the summer months from June to late August.