Cardiff Visitor information


An Introduction to Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city, it is a lively and modern capital city, gaining popularity with tourists interested in its history and culture. The city is Wales' chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. Since the 1990s Cardiff has seen significant development with a new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay. International sporting venues in the city include the Millennium Stadium (rugby union and football), SWALEC Stadium (cricket) and the newly opened Cardiff City Stadium.

Things to do in Cardiff

Cardiff offers world-class stadiums for rugby, football, cricket and athletics and an International Sports Village offering an Olympic size swimming pool, ice rink and an Olympic-standard Canoe Slalom. There is a lively entertainment scene in and around Cardiff, with opera, ballet, musicals, art galleries and live music venues.  Other visitor attractions include: fairy tale Castell Coch just up the A470 out of Cardiff; Cardiff Castle; Llandaff Cathedral; the Millennium Centre; the National Museum and Gallery; The National Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagan's; Chapter Arts Centre in Canton; Roath Park with its lake, boats and visiting birds; Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle.

Getting to Cardiff

By Car

Travelling east on the M4. Leave the motorway at Junction 33 or 32 and follow signs. Travelling west on the M4. Leave the motorway at Junction 29, follow the A48(M)/A48 then follow signs. The journey time from London is over 5 hours.

By Rail

Cardiff Central Rail Station is situated next to the Central Bus/Coach Station and the journey from London is over 4 hours.

By Coach and Bus

National Express provide an extensive network of coach services to Cardiff and the loacal bus services are run by the operators Cardiff Bus, First and Stagecoach.

By Air

Cardiff Airport is situated at Rhoose, 12 miles south-west of Cardiff city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 on the M4.