Things to do in Cardiff

There is no shortage of things to do in Cardiff. This vibrant city, the capital and largest city in Wales is the perfect place to go for a family holiday an adult only weekend or a family reunion. Located in the county of South Glamorgan in Southern Wales, Cardiff is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and the most popular in Wales.

Cardiff is an easy place to access via all modes of transport. The M4 motorway connects Cardiff to the UK motorway network which then gives easy access to the whole country. Cardiff Central Rail Station is one of the busiest train stations in the UK and has direct train travel to all over England and Scotland, with frequent trains to London providing simple access to lesser known locations.

With over 18 million visitors every year, it comes as no surprise that Cardiff is awash with places to stay and things to do. Accommodation in Cardiff is exceptionally wide ranging. Encompassing charming self catering cottages and apartments which are ideal for people who enjoy a long lie on holiday, families often elect self catering property as its easier to have a washing machine when you have a large family or perhaps fussy eaters.

Delightful bed and breakfasts provide a home from home atmosphere on your holiday and proffer a delicious freshly cooked to order breakfast, served to your table. Hotels are often larger and can be located in the city centre or in large private estates on the outskirts of the city. Hotels are often able to provide services that smaller accommodations cant such as swimming pools and licensed bars, room service and private suites and penthouse accommodation. Breakfast in hotels is usually a self serve buffet. Hotel staff are very good at recommending things to do in Cardiff.

Restaurants in Cardiff are numerous and cater for every taste and budget. Traditional Welsh food is very popular with tourists keen to try local fare. However, Cardiff also has a whole host of international restaurants, including, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Indian, Thai and Chinese not to mention many others. There are also a plethora of small cafes and tea rooms for that light lunch or afternoon tea. Many bars and pubs provide the traditional British Pub Grub. If you are in a great hurry there are also plenty of fast food outlets where the emphasis is on speed above all else. For those visitors who are staying in a self catering accommodation there are fantastic farmers markets where you can purchase fresh seasonal produce at much less than high street prices.

Attractions in and around Cardiff are wide ranging with something to capture the imaginations and hearts of everyone whether young or old. Children will be thrilled by the many indoor activity centres and the outdoor adventure parks. Bowling, cinemas, swimming Pools and parks ensure that they will all be tired out by the end of the day. Attractions that will keep all the family happy and entertained for the day include Cardiff Castle, which is the single most popular tourist attraction in all of Wales.

With a exciting history that dates back almost 2000 years it captures the heart and imagination of everyone who visits. Cardiff's most recent accolade is being voted the 6th best shopping destination in the UK, with an assortment of independent retailers alongside high street and designers shops, Cardiff certainly has something for everybody. The recently opened St Davids Centre was voted the best shopping centre in the UK for 2010, one of the largest in the UK it combines every type of shop you could wish for under one roof, alongside plenty of cafes and coffee shops for that all important cuppa.

Whatever you desire to do on a trip to the Welsh Capital, you can be assured there is no shortage of things to do in Cardiff.