When once Cardiff was best known for its industrial contributions to the economy, the city has enjoyed a major revamp and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations within the UK. Culture and sport are prominent in this Welsh capital, making it a genuine hotspot for global visitors.
Numerous festivals take place on an annual basis with a wide range of tastes and interests catered for, though there are always places of intrigue and interest open all year round. With plenty of museums, parks, shops, restaurants and bars to enjoy, there’s something for everyone in this city.
Due to the width of the roads, a larger, family car will navigate well around the city and will give drivers plenty of space to relax and enjoy the journey.
While the city is proud of its newest facelift, there is always a proud place for its past too. Cardiff Castle is one of the greatest landmarks in the city. Built upon the foundations of a Roman fort, its history dates back centuries and the current state of the castle houses a museum and even access to its Roman roots.
Culture vultures may be tempted to visit the city purely for the chance to experience the Wales Millennium Centre, a brilliant example of modern architecture that hosts numerous world class performances ranging from opera to West End musicals.
Once named the UK’s favourite attraction, the St Fagans National History Museum is an open-air museum and reconstruction of the most important landmarks in Wales. The gardens in particular are stunning and are sure to provide excellent entertainment for the children while the adults unwind.
The shopping opportunities in the city are numerous, with the oldest record store in the world (Spillers Records) located here, along with eight Victorian arcades from which everything from pets to art and fashion to food can be bought, often for reasonable prices.
Parking is plentiful within the city centre though most areas can prove to be very expensive. It is recommended drivers attempt to park in the outskirts of the city and commute into the centre.
The roads are of an excellent condition and easy to navigate; the road signs are standardised throughout the city and are generally easy to understand.
Though traffic is generally free moving, rush hour traffic can occur. Therefore it is advised that drivers avoid travel between 6.30-9.30am and 4.30-6.30pm.
Cardiff International Airport is Wales‚Äô sole major airport and is based 12 miles from the city centre. Despite its close location, most air traffic comes through the airport and so delays must be accounted for during travel planning time.
The A4225 Port Road is the main route connecting the airport to Cardiff.