I’ve been to Cardiff many times over the years only mostly before I owned a 360 camera. I hope to visit again sometime soon, so will upload anything new here. My most recent visit was an evening gig to see Bullet for my Valentine where I managed to snap one reasonable shot.
Cardiff is located in south Wales and is the capital of Wales. It’s the largest city in Wales and the eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom.
Once best known as the world’s largest coal port and the birthplace of Dame Shirley Bassey, Cardiff is now renowned for its revived Victorian shopping arcades, craft beer pubs, blossoming arts scene and world-class collection of Impressionist art. It’s also the home of Doctor Who.
- Cardiff has only been the capital since 1955.
Cardiff’s history follows its castle which has been occupied for over 2,000 years when the Romans created a fort on the river Taff. The fort’s original walls can still be seen highlighted around the base of Cardiff Castle’s walls. In Medieval times the castle grew, and a small town spread from its south gate, the medieval street pattern can still be seen around High Street. In the 15th century the town was destroyed by the last great Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr. Successive owners fortified the castle and the town timidly grew, until the industrial revolution when the 2nd Marquess of Bute built the Glamorganshire canal to transport coal from the Welsh valleys through Cardiff docks.
- Budget There are a few hostels in the city. The River House Backpackers, Wedal Road Youth Hostel, Cardiff Backpackers, Nomad. I stayed at Nos Da, booking last minute on the day for New Years Eve and they even had a small car park.
- Mid Range Park Inn Hotel Cardiff, Holiday Inn Cardiff Central.
- Splurge, Cardiff Hilton, St. David’s Hotel and Spa
- Bus Fares are a straightforward £1.90 for any adult journey across the city, whereas £3.80 buys an all day ‘Day to Go’ pass to travel across the network
- Walk, Cardiff, especially the central area, is pretty compact with the main attractions being quite close to each other making getting around on foot quite easy. Most sights are signposted to help you guide your way around the city centre and the bay.
- Taxi Although a lot of taxis in the city centre are black, they have no set colour. Licensed taxis have a yellow plate on the rear bumper of the vehicle. Uber also operates in the Cardiff area.
- Train It can be quite cost-effective, quick, and easy to visit areas with a local train station. I used one to get to Cardiff Bay from Queen St.
- Water bus River Taff Water Bus runs regularly during the summer season between the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Bay and Penarth. Tickets cost around £4 and are available to buy online.
- Get £3 credit for your first Uber ride here.
- Car Cardiff is most swiftly reached by taking the M4 motorway west across the Severn Bridge, which became toll-free in December 2018, and into Wales.
- Trains to Cardiff Central station are operated by First Great Western from London Paddington, Southampton, and Bristol, Arriva Trains Wales from Manchester, and CrossCountry from Birmingham and Nottingham
- Coach National Express (nationalexpress.com) runs coaches from around the UK to Sophia Gardens.
- Air Cardiff airport (cardiff-airport.com) is 12 miles west of the city in Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, with train and bus links to the city centre.