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CARDIFF

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE


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REACHING INTO THE PAST


RHODrI MOrGAN SHArES HIS PERSONAL lINKS WITH HISTOrY

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RADIO 1 DJ HUW STEpHENS GETS TO THE HEArT OF COOl CArDIFF

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DErI REED TAKES A SIDEWAYS lOOK AT CArDIFF FOr FOODIES

ACCOmmODATION | ATTrACTIONS | DINING OUT | THEATrE | EVENTS | SHOPS

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BBC Radio Ones Huw Stephens gets to the heart of cool Cardiff.

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Journalist Jenny Woolf visits Cardiff with her seven-year-old son and gets a taste of the Capital.

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WHAT TO SEE & DO

Cardiff is a city of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment.

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W HERE TO STAY
Choose from 5* luxury accommodation to rooms on a budget.

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TA KE YOUR PICK
Cardiff is just one of Wales holiday areas, each one with its distinct character.

G ETTING HERE AnD GETTING AROUND


Easy to reach from all over the UK, Cardiff is a very compact, 15 minute city.

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AREA MAPS
Maps of the Cardiff City region, City Centre, Cardiff Bay and Penarth.

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nce you visit Cardiff, we know youll love our city. When you get here, the people of Cardiff will give you a very warm

Welsh welcome, so to give you a taste of what to expect, we asked a few local people to tell us why they love the capital of Wales. Have a read of the guide for hints about where to go, where to eat and especially for whats good off the beaten track. So, get your skates on and come to visit us. We know you wont be disappointed. Enjoy your stay!

nwaith y dewch i Gaerdydd rydyn nin gwybod y byddwch chi wrth eich bodd gydan dinas. Pan gyrhaeddwch yma, bydd

trigolion Caerdydd yn rhoi croeso cynnes i chi, felly i roi blas i chi ar yr hyn iw ddisgwyl, gofynnon ni i rai pobl lleol y ddinas pam eu bod nhwn dwlu ar brifddinas Cymru. Darllenwch ein canllaw am awgrymiadau ar ble i fynd, ble i fwyta a chyfrinachaur ddinas. Felly, dewch draw in gweld ni. Cewch chi ddim eich siomi. Mwynhewch eich arhosiad!

Nous sommes certains que vous aimerez Cardiff une fois que vous aurez visit notre ville. Vous recevrez ds votre arrive un accueil la galloise, trs chaleureux. Pour vous donner un aperu de ce qui vous attend, nous avons ainsi demand quelques gens du coin de nous dire pourquoi ils aimaient la capitale du pays de Galles. Le guide vous donnera des conseils sur les visites faire et les endroits o vous restaurer, et vous aidera particulirement dcouvrir tous les petits secrets bien gards de la ville. Alors dpchez-vous de nous rejoindre, vous ne serez pas dus! Nous vous souhaitons un agrable sjour parmi nous! www.bienvenueacardiff.com

Wir wissen, dass Sie Cardiff lieben werden, sobald Sie in unserer Stadt ankommen. Die Cardiffer werden Sie auf ihre besondere walisische Art sehr herzlich willkommen heien. Damit Sie schon einen Vorgeschmack auf das erhalten, was auf Sie wartet, fragten wir einige Einwohner, warum sie die walisische Hauptstadt lieben. Wenn Sie den Leitfaden lesen, erhalten Sie Tipps, was sich lohnt zu besuchen, wo man gut essen kann und insbesondere, was gut abseits vom Touristenrummel liegt. Also, machen Sie sich auf die Socken und besuchen Sie uns. Wir wissen, dass Sie nicht enttuscht werden. Genieen Sie Ihren Besuch! www.wilkommenincardiff.com

Cuando vengas a Cardiff, estamos seguros de que te encantar nuestra ciudad. Cuando llegues, la gente de Cardiff te dar una clida bienvenida galesa. Para darte una idea de lo que puedes esperar, hemos preguntado a unos cuantos ciudadanos para que nos cuenten por qu aman la capital de Gales. Echa un vistazo a la gua que te dar ideas sobre dnde ir, dnde comer y sobre todo, para conocer los mejores lugares lejos de las rutas habituales. As que, no lo pienses y ven a visitarnos. Sabemos que no te defraudar. Disfruta de tu estancia! www.bienvenidosacardiff.com

C Y C L I N G B ET W EE N THE L I N E S
OLWEN MOSELEY CHECKS OUT CARDIFF S GREEN AND CULTURAL CREDENTIALS BY BIKE, OF COURSE

Words: CHARLEs EDwARDs Olwens images: FFION MATTHEWS

lwen Moseley is course leader in Graphic Communication at Cardiff Metropolitan University and she likes to look beyond the obvious. You can follow Olwens Cardiff journey on foot, by bike or you can miss the best bits and go by bus, taxi or car. If I visit a city I want to see the main attractions but Id also want to nd the underbelly of it. A bike helps you do that by taking you through all the bits the tourists miss, giving you a glimpse for the life of the city, she says. Olwens tour starts in Bute Park, on a route in the shadow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As you cycle through the park, you are almost in the heart of the city. Past the Taff river making its way out to Cardiff Bay alongside your trail, past rugby games on the elds, theres music drifting out from the rehearsal rooms at the college. Ahead of you appears the Castle, from nowhere, its magical. This is a real picture

of what the city is like. Old and new alongside each other. Its a convenient starting point for visitors because Pedal Power is where you can go to hire the bikes, near the Swalec Stadium at Sophia Gardens. First stop on Olwens cycle tour is Cardiffs shopping arcades. Victorian and Edwardian, they are spectacular for her. Olwen will park her bike then walk through the arcades to Cardiff Central Market and on for coffee in the Hayes. She warms to the theme: The Corner House is great because it has a good vantage point on the plaza outside Cardiffs new library. Its a crossroad in the centre of town, with real life about it. You could be in any European city there, looking out at the world going by. The look and feel of the city are important to Olwen. She is director of the Cardiff Design Festival which celebrates design in the city for two very busy weeks in October. Her advice is: Look up. Look beyond the shop fronts and in the spaces in between, you will see where a city has come from. In Cardiff, that means especially raising the eye line in St Mary Street and The Hayes, where the Old Library, housing the Cardiff Story museum holds pride of place, facing back towards the new library, which has great views from its upper oors. The bike means Olwen can roam all over the city If there were a good exhibition on at the National Museum, Id go there or I would head to Chapter.

1 John Burges stone animals on the castle walls. 2 Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD). 3 Cardiffs oldest arcade, Royal Arcade 1858. 4 Olwen outside the RWCMD. 5 Cardiff Castle viewed from Bute Park.

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6 The Pierhead Building. 7 Wales Millennium Centre. 8 The Norwegian Church. 9 Cardiff Bay boardwalk. 10 BBC Cymru Wales Roath Lock studios.

It is a short ride to City Road/Albany Road areas, where G39, The Sho Gallery and Milkwood give a contemporary take on the art scene. Back towards town, William Burges architecture in Museum Place and the castles animal wall stand out. The next stage of Olwens Cardiff Odyssey takes her to Cardiff Bay, either on the bike or by boat, using the water taxi that runs in season from Bute Park, past the Millennium Stadium, to the bay. You get a different perspective on the city from the river, whether you cycle along it or oat on it, she says. In some places the city turns its back on the river, so you see her warts and all. In others, you catch her full glory. Its great fun!

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Diffusion, Cardiff International Festival of Photography: 1st 31st May 2013

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Once in the Bay, Olwen is drawn to the different architectural styles and ages of the Norwegian Church, the Senedd, Wales Millennium Centre and the Pierhead Building. I would go to Craft in the Bay, have lunch at Kemis Caf, pop in for a peek at the Coal Exchange, then head for the barrage and cycle across to Penarth. There, she will nd Ffotogallery at Turner House and Penarth Pier.
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HERITAGE

REA C H I N G I N TO THE PA S T
RHODRI MORGAN SHARES HIS PERSONAL LINKS WITH HISTORY

Words: ED TOWNSeND Rhodris image: FFION MAttHeWS

s a local resident 40 years ago, Rhodri Morgan rolled up his sleeves and painted walls to help turn the abandoned Canton High School into Chapter Arts centre. Now, as the retired First Minister of Wales Rhodri sits with a real ale in Chapter and is effusive in his admiration of his surroundings. I dont believe there is a better community arts centre anywhere in the UK, he offers. My part in setting it up was a humble one but I am so proud of it. I believe Chapter has been an important part of the owering of Cardiff as a modern European capital. The Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan is a regular at Chapter, where a well-kept pint of real ale, fair trade coffee and wholesome food at healthy prices are the hallmarks of the caf bar. The arts offering is eclectic, providing cinema, theatre and gallery space to complement the citys multiplexes, larger auditoria and museums.

Must See
The Davies Collection, National Museum Cardiff

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Not the largest but certainly the best collection of Impressionist works outside Paris. Bequeathed to the nation by the Davies sisters, whose father David Davies was the great rival of the Marquess of Bute, building railways and Barry docks in the 19th century. Before her death in 1963, Rhodri met Margaret, the younger of the Davies sisters, when he went to her home in Gregynog with his father, Prof T.J.Morgan, then registrar of the University of Wales, discussing her planned bequests to the university and to the nation. He recalls Miss Davies as a willowy lady, almost a throwback to the characters of a Jane Austen novel.

Rhodri names a castle and a museum as his top places to visit. Castell Coch, guarding the bluff where the River Taff opens out into the coastal plain, was the Marquess of Butes country retreat. Im sure he must have been on the Grand Tour at some point and when it came to it, couldnt decide whether he wanted a Rhineland castle or a French chateau, says Rhodri. In the end, the architect, William Burges, gave his distinguished employer something that could be either; a fascinating tease for modern visitors to the city, offering an insight into Victorian family life at this rather upmarket country retreat. Rhodri reckons his great great
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grandparents were the last couple to be married in St Teilos Church at Pontarddulais, outside Swansea, falling out of regular use when replaced by a new church in 1851. That church, along with its medieval wall paintings and quite stunningly reconstructed rood screen is now one of the prized buildings at St Fagans, National History Museum. There, you can trace 1,500 years of Welsh history by visiting more than 40 buildings moved from their original sites and rebuilt in the 100-acre parkland surrounding St Fagans Castle. Lest you get the idea that Rhodri Morgan is a ne art and culture snob, he redresses the balance with a keen love of sport. A Cardiff rugby and Cardiff

City supporter, he grew up a regular match-goer with Cardiff City, then as now, consistently challenging for a place in the top ight. Only Wales rugby internationals rst at Cardiff Arms Park, later at the National Stadium and now at the magnicent Millennium Stadium could get in the way of his support for the local teams.

1 St Teilos Church, St Fagans. 2 St Fagans National History Museum. 3  National Museum Cardiff. 4 The Millennium Stadium. 5 Castell Coch (Red Castle).

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TICKING ALL THE B O X E S


For Cardiff students , its all about the right choices at the right price and staying in touch with the real world Joel DAuria

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ood courses are what bring students to Cardiff and with three universities, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Cardiff & Vale College, the city is home to more than 30,000 students. Those students place interesting demands on a city. First off, where do you take your parents (theyre paying) when they come to visit? Not too expensive, but a bit above the usual student range: top choice is Casanova in Quay Street, genuine Italian food and a great atmosphere. Things to do in the day with visitors include a walk around the Bay, with plenty of choices for lunch out. Pack

the parents off home and its time to nd the heart of student Cardiff. JOeL says: Cardiff is a great city for students; perfect size, not too big, not too small, great nightlife, it ticks all the boxes. JAKe agrees: Its easy to get around, you dont need a car even if youre out in Cyncoed at the Cardiff Met campus, a taxi is only 8 to the city centre. FAYe says: The nice thing about Cardiff is that youre integrated with every day life. Youre not segregated away from the real world, you mix in with normal people. Its much less of a student bubble unlike some other

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Universities, which can be like out of town ghettos. Down to the nitty gritty, KIm likes Soda Bar on Mill Lane and Las Iguanas where youll nd 241 cocktails midweek. The guys like Vodka Revolution, opposite the Castle. Mill Lane and Greyfriars Road are buzzing areas to go out. Live Lounge and Clwb (Clwb Ifor Bach or Welsh Club) are both great for gigs, especially new and local bands. Womanby Street is kind of a live music hub, with a number of venues all on one of the citys oldest streets. Its also the focus for the citys annual Sw n Festival. In the heart of the city centre, the Motorpoint Arena is the place to see big name bands and artists and just next door, the small, but perfectly formed Gwdihw bar is an intimate alternative live music venue; more cosy front room, than anonymous bar. The Bunkhouse on St Mary Street is another of Cardiffs quirky places to go out. Filled with vintage furniture and fairy lights, it even has a basement club with its own cinema and beds.

Out of the city centre, Milgi on City Road in the suburb of Roath serves tasty vegetarian food and plays host to regular vintage markets, supper clubs and even storytelling in their very own yurt. For shopping, Cardiff has a wealth of high street favourites as well as independent and unique stores. For music, head to the oldest record store in the world, Spillers and for vintage fashion, furniture and art, try Cardiff Fashion Quarter, a collective of local creatives whove set up shop in an old converted cinema on Womanby street. For the serious shopper a few times a year the riches of the St Davids Centre hundreds of shops and plenty of watering holes are given over to the amazingly popular Student Lock-in where youll nd exclusive bargains, giveaways and goodie bags for students for a whole evening. With over 30,000 students, Cardiff is a really safe city in which to come and study. And the city certainly has appeal for when the studying is done, with more than one third staying in the city after graduation.

Mardi Gras
A new take on celebration

CARDIFFS

Cardiff lets its hair down each year for the modern day Mardi Gras at the end of summer, with thousands ocking to the citys Coopers Field. For 2013, Mardi Gras is back on on Saturday 7th September 2013, probably one of the biggest and best Pride events in the calendar and it just reinforces the warm Welsh welcome you get in the capital of Wales. Stifyn Parri (above) is MD of the events and PR rm Mr Producer, who manage public relations for the Cardiff Wales LGBT Mardi Gras. He says: Mardi Gras is quite simply a fabulous weekend, with class acts, wit and excellent feelgood factor. Its not just for gay people; it is a celebration of equality and diversity and is a cracking day out for all the family. Stifyn comments: Cardiffs gay bars and clubs have great entertainment and a variety of activities from Cabaret to great Sunday lunches. Perhaps because the scene is right in the heart of Cardiff City Centre it is more welcoming than in other larger cities. The prices are good, too!

1  Cardiff Fashion Quarter, Womanby Street. 2 Mill Lane. 3  Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay. 4 The Bunkhouse. 5 Mill Lane restaurants and bars. 6 Las Iguanas, Cardiff Bay. 7 St Davids Student Lockin.

NIGHTLIFE

Diary Dates
Cardiff Wales LGBT Mardi Gras: 7th September 2013 Cardiff Fashion Week: 21st - 27th October 2013

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SPORTING CITY

B ryony s B Ay r U s H
AT HOME ON THE WATER, WHITE WATER GUIDE BRYONY REES FINDS A SPORTING HAVEN IN CARDIFF

Words: ED TOWNSEND Bryonys images: FFion MATTHEWS

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ryony Rees couldnt believe her luck when she arrived at Cardiff University to study Human Geography and Town Planning. For a keen kayaker, it was pure delight to come to the city just as Cardiff International White Water opened its doors. Things got even better when she tried out rafting and then became the centres rst female raft guide. After graduating, town planning took a back seat as she took to the water full time, guiding a mix of children, soldiers, stags and hens, rescue workers, corporate teams and enthusiasts down the white water course. Two days before sharing her thoughts about sport in Cardiff, Bryony had been in Uganda, rafting down the Nile, negotiating waves the size of a house. Back in Cardiff, the challenge is more

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Cardiff International White Water. Kayaking at Cardiff International White Water.  The Extreme Sailing Series. Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey Team. SwALec Stadium, home of Glamorgan Cricket. Cardiff City FC.

World Cup, rst held in Cardiff in 2012, with all the top Olympic paddlers warming up for their bids for Gold. For visitors, Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre offers rather calmer fare, with a chance to try sailing and rowing. Water sport may be new to Cardiff but the city already has a great sporting reputation. Bryony again: Cardiff must be the best place for watching sport. They have Test cricket, international and club rugby and one of the UKs best athletics stadiums. Perhaps the longest-running saga in

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ICC Champions Trophy: 6th 23rd June 2013 Cardiff Harbour Festival presents Extreme Sailing Series: 24th 26th August 2013 Rugby League World Cup 2013: 26th October

controlled as she teaches a crew of novices to tackle the rapids. You go down this course and get a real adrenaline rush, she says. The rafting centre expands in spring 2013 to include an indoor surf machine. It will be one of only a handful that offers doublelane surng experience so groups of friends and family can take the plunge together. The barrage that transformed Cardiff Bay from mud ats into a 250 hectare freshwater lake opened up a new world of water sport for the city. The latest to grab visitors attention is the Extreme Sailing Series, a fast and furious clash of multi-hulls, which returns during the summer of 2013. Also back for 2013 will be the Canoe Slalom

sport, Cardiff Citys push for Premier League football, could see its conclusion in 2013 after three play-off disappointments. Until then, top quality Championship football is the fare at the Cardiff City Stadium. Bryonys near neighbours at the White Water Centre are the Cardiff Devils, one of the UKs top ice hockey teams. They play their games most weekends until April, then again from August. The Devils also have a bright future to look forward to, with a new ice rink planned for the International Sports Village. Alongside the rink will be a Snow Dome, adding skiing and snow boarding to Cardiffs rapidly growing list of sports.

MUSIC

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Astroid Boys Cardiff-based Hip Hop and Punk. Very good.

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KUtosis A really gutsy band, purveyors of powerful whisky-soaked blues songs.

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London he returns to Cardiff regularly and names Caf Minuet in Castle Arcade as one of his favourite spots. Its really good, he says. They do amazing Italian food I havent seen anywhere else. A great place to eat during the day. He should know he has been going there regularly since he was a little boy. As a rising national radio star, Huw has kept tight 6 hold of his Cardiff roots. Six years ago he set up the Sw n (the Welsh word for sound, pronounced soon) Festival in Cardiff to showcase Welsh musical talent. The festival has been a big success and is now an autumn xture in the city. I am very pleased with how it has gone, he says. It attracts thousands of people to the city centre every October and it has become a big highlight in the Welsh musical calendar. It has grown a UK-wide reputation for quality, with a great line-up. Sw n has also been able to show that Cardiff is a diverse and creative cultural centre. Wales has always had huge musical talent and Cardiff has a really strong live music and concert 7 scene. You get small, intimate venues like the legendary Clwb Ifor Bach on Womanby Street and you have the Motorpoint Arena, St Davids Hall and the Wales Millennium Centre at the other end of the scale. Cardiff is a small capital but has so much going for it. The city centre is pure Cardiff but with a hint of a European atmosphere about it. The Hayes, with its tea shop and elderly gentlemen playing chess in the open air, is what you expect to nd in a European capital. The Hayes is at the heart of Cardiffs shopping, with John Lewis guarding one end and Cardiff Market at the other end. Cardiff Market is not talked about enough, says Huw. Its a place where you nd friendly people selling interesting and different goods. Its 8 one of the things that distinguish Cardiff. Its a small, friendly place and its the capital city of Wales with a lot going for it. I go to a lot of cities across the UK, DJ-ing all year round and nowhere compares to Cardiff. Im not a great Sw n Festival 2013: one for shops but I do love Cardiffs 17th - 20th October arcades and I wouldnt want to be WOMEX (World Music Expo): without Spillers Records, the oldest 23rd- 27th October record shop in the world, right there 2013 in Morgan Arcade. Drop in and ask the friendly staff to recommend something good from the local music scene. 9 Apart from Minuet, Huw recommends the Bangkok Caf in Canton for Thai, the Potted Pig in the 10 city centre and the Purple Poppadom, also in Canton. Clearly a man quite taken with his home town, what would he look forward to here in the future? Without a doubt, Cardiff is now ready to be European Capital of Culture. There is enough going on here to justify receiving that title. It would make people realise that it is a world class city, innovative and with a growing focus on media and creative industries.

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GretA IsAAc A young Cardiff singer/ songwriter with a great voice. Very talented.

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6 Wales Millenium Centre. 7 Castle Arcade. 8 Spillers Records. 9 The Potted Pig. 10 Womex: World Music Expo. 11 Greta Isaac. 12 Astroid Boys. 13 Kutosis.

FOOD

STREETWISE & PROUD


DERI REED TAKES A SIDEWAYS LOOK AT CARDIFF FOR FOODIES AND ADDS HIS OWN SPECIAL FLAVOUR

Words: ED TOWNSEND Deris image: GingenioUs ProdUctions

eri Reed is on a mission: to put Cardiff in the vanguard of a burgeoning Street Food movement. Street Food puts fresh produce, cooked the right way, at the right price, straight into the hands of consumers. Cardiff sits alongside Liverpool, Birmingham and London as growing centres for the type of popup eating. In Cardiff Deri, The Ethical Chef brings his training as a chef, experience in one of Irelands top vegetarian restaurants and an incredible level of enthusiasm and commitment to bear on driving forward his mission. Hell borrow a restaurant and set up shop for

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Foodie Highlights
Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival: 12th - 14th July 2013

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the evening, bringing his own clientele all brought together through social media. On Sundays, you will nd him at the farmers market at Riverside, on the banks of the Taff, opposite the Millennium Stadium. Im not a farmer, he freely admits, but they let me trade there because Im cooking with fresh produce from local farmers. He also runs food festivals in the city a sell-out for local restaurants and producers who sell their dishes from street stalls. So where does the ethical chef like to eat out in Cardiff when hes not cooking or selling on the street? Mimosa Bar and Kitchen features high on his list, as does Tides at the St Davids Hotel. Pettigrew Tea Rooms in the castle walls is a great little business in a very special location, says Deri. Not surprisingly, the Vegetarian Food Studio in Penarth Road is a favourite. Im not a vegetarian, he says, but I do promote the quality of vegetarian food. Deri reserves his greatest respect for

the Park House: The food there is by no means run of the mill. They are excellent and they are really pushing towards a Michelin star. Im also a fan of Jamies Italian in The Hayes. The service is great, the food is very good and honest. As a place to go for a drink, Deri will point to Milgi Lounge, Pica Pica and Shot in the dark. Im a big fan of the Prince of Wales one of the most striking places to go for a drink. Deri thinks Cardiffs Millennium Stadium may be the citys biggest asset. It has the ability to draw in crowds from all over the world for a wide range of different entertainments; Speedway, rugby, music. I cant imagine how they just tow away an international standard rugby pitch and turn the stadium into a Speedway circuit. Cardiff Bay is also high on Deris list because it shows how Cardiff has developed. Theres a half hour video in the Millennium Centre that shows the Cardiff story. Sums it all up rather well.

Another highlight is the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama not just as a centre of teaching and learning but as a place for high quality performances in intimate surroundings. A spark shows in Deris eyes as he remembers another restaurant he loves: The Old Custom House at Penarth Marina, right next to the barrage. Its a great restaurant. You see the food you want in refrigerated displays. You choose it, they cook it, you eat it. What could be simpler? And his favourite thing about Cardiff? It has to be the Riverside Market. Its my mission, my job, my career and my life. What more can I say?

1 Milgi Lounge, City Road. 2  Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival. 3 Tides, St Davids Hotel. 4 Waterfront dining, Mermaid Quay. 5 Cardiff Riverside Market produce. 6 Jamies Italian in The Hayes.

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FAMILY FUN

HA N D S - O N A N D FA M I LY F R I E N D LY
J ournalist J enny Woolf visited C ardiff with seven -year-old Arthur. J enny wanted to give Arthur a taste of Cardiff and to make sure he had a fun time without packing too much in to their two-night stay. Heres how it went

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DAY ONE TAFF VALLEY QUAD BIKES | Jenny, husband Tony and young Arthur headed out of the city to see what Taff Valley Quad Bikes had to offer. There, farmer Hopkin Smith was on hand to give Arthur a safety induction, then to take him out to tackle the nursery course in a suitable mini-quad. Arthur started off with a safety cord attached to the quad so that Hopkin could cut the engine and bring him safely to a halt if necessary. But it wasnt necessary and Arthur spent the next two hours rapidly becoming expert at tackling the gure of eight course. An extra bonus for an adventurous seven-year old was the mud smattering he acquired. n Arthurs verdict: I really liked learning how to control the quad bike and Id like to continue learning quad biking, because actually everything about going to this place was good. n Jennys verdict: A real country experience with the dogs and sheep. It seemed laid back and casual but was also inclusive and highly professional. I was surprised at how much Arthur learned. After a shower to clean off the mud, it was back to the Parc Thistle hotel for a good nights sleep. DAY TWO THE DOCtOR WHO EXPERIENCE, CARDIFF BAY | No need for time travel to get there; the number 6 Bendybus does the job in 15 minutes, door to door. You have to be careful when you tackle the Doctor Who Experience. After all, there are no couches to hide

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behind and the Daleks would get you anyway. The crack in time opens to let you in to an adventure with The Doctor, Matt Smith. Cybermen, Daleks and Weeping Angels all come at you as you pass through the Experience. Cybermen charging and ring in 3D is pretty scary even for 40-year veterans of Doctor Who but you are guaranteed safe passage. On the way, you can drive the Tardis for a short while, too. n Arthurs verdict: I loved it. Im a Doctor Who fan. n Jennys verdict: A lot to see in the surrounding area, too, and a good playground just outside. Lunch in the Norwegian Church offered a mix of home cooked Welsh and Scandinavian dishes. Then a short stroll around the bay, through the family friendly restaurants and shops at Mermaid Quay and the next challenge. TECHNIqUESt | This could be the most fun anyone has had with science since Archimedes last had a bath. You dont even have to get wet but you can if you want. Thats what is great about Techniquest. It is one of those (very few) places that say to children: Please touch and play and mess about all you want. And while the smaller human beings are playing and learning, the larger ones will pick up a thing or two about magnetism, friction, the principles of ight and how leafcutter ants organise themselves.

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At Techniquest, they have found a perfect blend that allows the uid lives of children to latch on to the laws of science. Almost makes you want to slide into the bath and shout Eureka! n Arthurs verdict: I totally loved all of Techniquest. It was such a friendly place. My favourite thing was playing with the water but there were lots of other things to do as well. n Jennys verdict: The best childrens museum Ive visited. All the exhibits were well kept and well labelled, and appealed to grown ups too - or at least, to this grown up. DAY THREE
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BOULDERS CLIMbING CENtRE | A bus ride to Boulders Climbing Centre, where climbs range from Easy (barely climbing at all) to Very Severe (barely climbable). For Arthur, though, it was a session with Pebbles and the Pumas. Pebbles is for children up to seven. Its a bit like a Wacky Warehouse but more adventurous. Cargo nets and mini climbing walls give a gentle and safe introduction to climbing. For 7 to 18-year-olds, the Pumas Climbing Club gives youngsters a go at climbing with full supervision. This is what Arthur went for; a two-hour session with all the gear, a personal coach and a climbing wall to suit your ability.

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Cardiff Childrens Literature Festival: 20 - 24th March 2013 Joust! At Cardiff Castle: 22nd - 23rd June 2013

n Arthurs verdict: This was the rst time I have done climbing, and it was comfortable climbing up, although not so comfortable climbing down! n Jennys verdict: I was impressed by the positive, friendly atmosphere and the staff were obviously passionate about climbing. This huge place must turn so many people on to the sport. CaRDIFF CaSTLE | A good lunch in the caf at Cardiff Castle before tackling the 134 steps up the Motte to the top of the Norman keep. Cardiff Castle looks like something that any child might draw. Turretted walls, corner towers, a dominating Keep in the middle of the Bailey ring. What singles Cardiff Castle out is the fact that though there has been a fortress on the site since the Romans built their fort there. But what you see now is largely the invention of the third Marquess of Bute and his imaginative architect, William Burges, in the middle of the 19th Century. No time for shopping on this trip but the citys main shopping area is just across the road. n Arthurs verdict: My favourite bit of the castle was all the colours and decoration inside it. And I liked playing with the model castle in the shop. n Jennys verdict: A truly astonishing building, with a most remarkable High Victorian interior. Im so pleased I got the chance to see this.
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Tourist Information Centres


Cardiff has two Tourist Information Centres; one in the city centre in the Old Library, the other in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
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 Accommodation bookings local, Wales & UK Q  uality Welsh gifts & souvenirs E  xhibition and short lm showcasing the development of the Bay L  ater opening hours on performance evenings F  ree Tourist Information local, Wales & UK F  ree maps Please contact us at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AL +44(0)29 2087 7927 visitorcentrecardiffbay@cardiff.gov.uk www.visitcardiff.com Follow the Tourist Information Centre on Twitter @VisitCardiffBay Open seven days a week 10am-6pm Open until 7.30pm on performance evenings

Please contact us at The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH +44(0)29 2087 3573 visitor@cardiff.gov.uk www.visitcardiff.com Follow the Tourist Information Centre on Twitter @CardiffTIC Open seven days a week Mon to Sat 9.30am-5.30pm Sundays 10am-4pm

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What to see & do


Cardiff is a city of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. Within the few square miles of the city-centre alone, youll nd a wealth of things to do, whatever your tastes, and in the surrounding areas, youll nd everything from abseiling to whisky tasting.
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Big Pit: National Coal Museum


Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britains leading mining museums. With facilities to educate all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Enjoy a multimedia tour of a modern coal mine, exhibitions in the pithead baths and historic colliery buildings open to the public for the rst time. All this, plus the world-famous underground tour. Go 300ft underground with a real miner! Admission Free. Opening Times: Daily 9.30am-5pm. Underground tours run frequently 10am-3.30pm. Please call for December and January opening.
Blaenafon, Torfaen NP4 9XP +44 (0)300 111 2333 www.museumwales.ac.uk
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Boulders
Visit Wales largest indoor climbing centre for adrenaline packed fun! Boulders promises a fantastic day out for anyone from the age of pre-school and above. Boulders offers: B  irthday parties  Stag and hen activities  Climbing Taster sessions for children, families, students and adults  Childrens school holiday activities  All equipment is provided just bring your spirit of adventure!  Children aged 7 or younger will have a blast in Pebbles climbing adventure play area. After your vertical adventures, sit back and contemplate your achievements in the cafe, which serves a selection of healthy food, snacks and drinks.
St Catherines Park, Cardiff CF24 2RZ +44 (0)845 5211850 info@boulders-climbing.com | www.bouldersuk.com

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Bute Park & Arboretum


Bute Park, containing the former pleasure grounds of Cardiff Castle, is a green oasis right in the heart of the city centre and a must see for anyone visiting Cardiff. Equivalent to 75 football pitches in size, its one of the largest urban public parks in Wales, and comprises a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. There is also an Education Centre and catering outlets with public toilets allowing visitors to refresh and recharge as they take in the many sights and sounds the park has to offer.
Cardiff city centre, Cardiff CF11 9HW (Sophia Gardens Coach & Car Park, right turn off Sophia Close) +44 (0)29 2087 2730 parks@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cardiff.gov.uk/butepark

Caerphilly Castle
The fortress sprawls over a huge area making it the largest castle in Wales. Like the famous cheese, the castle has long been synonymous with Caerphilly. It dominates. Hogs the limelight. Think slumbering giant awaiting a call to arms. Its also a great backdrop for TV and lm. It secured a starring role recently in the popular BBC TV series Merlin. This stone behemoth, surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands was the brainchild of Gilbert the Red de Clare, a redheaded nobleman of Norman descent. He also built the original Castell Coch, Red Castle, located the other side of Caerphilly mountain.
Caerphilly CF83 1JD +44 (0)29 2088 3143 cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk | www.cadw.wales.gov.uk
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Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre


Ideally located in Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre provides a wealth of information on attractions and events in Cardiff and Wales. They are also on hand to make bed bookings in a range of accommodation. Visit the Cinema and Exhibition room and enjoy a DVD showcasing the development of the Bay. A variety of souvenirs are also available in the gift shop.

Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre (CBWAC)


CBWAC is ideal for those looking for adventure. The centre at Channel View has dedicated slipway access and pontoons so that beginners and professionals can enjoy rowing. Or have you ever fancied trying other activities such as shing or archery. Book your Chanel View session now on 029 2035 3912. Have you been inspired by the Olympics and want to learn to Sail? The CBWAC sailing school based on the Cardiff Bay Barrage offers a range of fun RYA accredited courses. Book your sailing session now on 029 2087 7977 and get out on the water!
Channel View, Jim Driscoll Way, Cardiff CF11 7HB +44 (0)29 2035 3912 / +44 (0)29 20 877 977 wateractivity@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cbwac.com

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Cardiff Castle
In the heart of the capital is Cardiff Castle - with a history that spans 2000 years. Roman soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here and the Bute family transformed the Castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy when architect William Burges created the lavish and opulent interiors. The Interpretation Centre recounts the Castles history with an exhibition, lm show, and audio guide (available in several languages). The caf and shop is the perfect place to relax and soak up the atmosphere. Enjoy a tour of the Castle apartments and in the evening a traditional Welsh banquet offering a true avour of Wales.
Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB +44 (0)29 2087 8100 cardiffcastle@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cardiffcastle.com
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Cardiff International White Water (CIWW)


CIWW is an on demand white water facility in the International Sports Village. With its variable river ow adventurers at all levels can try action packed activities including white water rafting, kayaking and river boarding. Or the at water area offers a range of fun paddle sports. In Spring 2013 CIWW will open the latest addition to the centre with an adrenaline fuelled indoor surf machine. Suitable for beginners to board sport enthusiasts it will give visitors the chance to hit the surf in the city. All specialist equipment is provided (age 8+). Book now!
International Sports Village, Watkiss Way, Cardiff Bay CF11 0SY +44 (0)29 2082 9970 info@ciww.com | www.ciww.com

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Cardiff Jump
Cardiff Jump has enormous adventure play-frames: a space zone, a galleon and an enchanted castle. At 26,000 sq feet it is the largest dedicated indoor soft play centre in the UK! There are also huge inatables, an indoor football pitch and an enormous zone just for toddlers. Cardiff Jump can also offer themed party rooms, a caf and different activities every day.

Cardiff Tourist Information Centre


The Cardiff Tourist Information Centre, in the historic Old Library building is where youll nd information, get advice on things to do, where to stay, whats on and how to get there. The friendly, multilingual and knowledgeable team will provide you with personal information and advice to help you make the most of your stay in Cardiff. The following services are available: Left luggage Internet access Accommodation booking Gifts and souvenirs Tours and attraction tickets Theatre bookings Free maps

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Parc Ty Glas, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5DU +44 (0)29 2074 7300 parties@123jump.co.uk | www.123jump.co.uk/Our-Cardiff-Site

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Castell Coch
While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by untold wealth. The Middle Ages fascinated the Victorians as much as the Victorians fascinate us today. High Gothic was the order of the day. The eccentric genius William Burges was given free rein by his paymaster, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd marquess of Bute, to create a rural retreat to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle. He didnt hold back. Dazzling ceilings, over-the-top furnishings and furniture were liberally applied.
Castle Road, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JS +44 (0)29 2081 0101 cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk | www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Challenge Wales
Fancy a sailing adventure with friends or on your own? Then experience the 72-ft round-the-world yacht Challenge Wales. Take the helm, hoist the sails and get involved in all aspects of sailing. Its a great way to have fun on the water and be part of a team. Minimum age 12 years. Join Challenge Wales on a big boat sailing day, book an evening voyage, take part in a race or set sail for adventure on a longer trip. No sailing experience necessary.

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Dare Valley Country Park


Welcome to the Great Outdoors. Dare Valley Country Park, located on the outskirts of Aberdare is in an area of spectacular landscapes with a network of walks and trails criss-crossing the 500 acre park, set against the dramatic backdrop of an imposing glacial valley. The park has an all-year calendar of things to do for all the family including archery, cycling & canoeing as well as regular events including hawing displays & country shows. The fabulous Caf Cwtch offers an array of home made dishes. New for 2013, Combat Zone Live Laser Centre and Residential Multi Activity breaks.
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF44 7RG +44 (0)1685 874672 darevalleycountrypark@rctcbc.gov.uk | www.darevalleycountrypark.co.uk

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Ffotogallery
Ffotogallery is the national development agency for photography and lens-based media in Wales. The gallery has an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions, talks and workshops at the exquisite Grade I listed Turner House Gallery in Penarth. The extensive learning and engagement programme also includes accredited courses in photography and digital media at Chapter. From 131 May 2013, Ffotogallery and partners present Diffusion: Cardiff International Festival of Photography featuring exhibitions, screenings and events across Cardiff and online at www.diffusionfestival.org
Turner House, Plymouth Rd, Penarth CF64 3DH +44 (0)29 2070 8870 info@ffotogallery.org | www.ffotogallery.org

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Firing Line Museum


Firing Line tells the stories of the Welsh Soldier and of Wales oldest and most distinguished regiments, 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh. The museum has a dynamic programme of public events, including exhibitions that change three times a year. Its the perfect environment to explore subjects such as history, literature, geography, science, art & technology as well as communication and citizenship. Admission to the Firing Line Museum forms part of your Cardiff Castle Admission with either an Essential or Premium Ticket.

Flat Holm
Discover Flat Holm Island a unique visitor attraction, just 5 miles from Cardiff. Enjoy a guided tour of the Island and experience its wealth of history and wildlife. Or take a shore walk, and just sit back and relax with a drink in the cosy pub. Extend your stay and spend the night in the range of island accommodation. Scheduled day trips from March to October. Boat departs from the Cardiff Bay Barrage. Parking available. Book now on the number below, or contact the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre.
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Fonmon Castle
Built in the early 13th century, Fonmon is one of few medieval castles still lived in as a home. Open to the public from April to September on Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons. There are many splendid areas for visitors, including extensive grounds, galleried hall, drawing rooms and Rococo library and the old kitchen. Fonmon is also available for hire throughout the year for a wide varieties of events, both outside in the beautiful gardens and inside with its wealth of history and stunning Georgian interiors.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure


Swing into Margam for two to three hours in the trees, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of high-wire crossings. And bring your tribe! Just a short drive from junction 38 of the M4, take a look & book at goape.co.uk (or call 0845 094 8556) Pre booking advised. Gorillas (18 years+) 30 Baboons (1017 years) 24 Min Age/height: 10 years/1.4m.

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Fonmon, Nr Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3ZN +44 (0)1446 710206 fonmon_castle@msn.com | www.fonmoncastle.com

Margam Country Park, Port Talbot SA13 2TJ +44 (0)845 094 8556 www.goape.co.uk

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Insole Court
This Grade II* listed house and gardens, built by coal owner James Harvey Insole during Cardiffs boom years, echoed Burges work at Cardiff Castle, with a 70ft tower and a Gothic dining room. It was redeveloped in the English Renaissance style between 1905 and 1910. Now a Community & Education Centre, the Court is open to the public on weekdays. Friends of Insole Court Volunteer Guides welcome visitors and tell the Insole story, Monday-Thursday (2pm-4pm) Friday (1pm-3pm). Substantial renewal plans are under consideration and change is in the air please visit the website for up to date information.
Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LN +44 (0)29 2056 2757 friendssecretary@insolecourt.org.uk | www.insolecourt.com

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Lightship 2000
Step back into history for a unique maritime experience ideal for a family visit. Young or old, there will be something to fascinate you. Follow the trail from the free information leaet when you arrive. Explore the decks and cabins. Gain your certicate for climbing the light-tower. Choose something to eat from the galley restaurant. Relax with it in the lounge. On a sunny day sit on the helicopter deck and enjoy the view of the bay and all its landmarks. Browse the souvenir shop.

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Lightship 2000, Harbour Drive, Cardiff CF10 4PA +44 (0)29 2048 7609 www.lightship2000.co.uk

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Llancaiach Fawr Manor


This superbly restored gentry manor house is no ordinary heritage attraction. It is where the past and the present meet. The costumed servants of the house are living and working in 1645 and allow you to share and engage in their world. Fires crackle, candles icker and the sounds and smells of domestic life make your visit a memorable experience of the past. Immerse yourself in the time of the Civil Wars and the cares and concerns of ordinary people living in extraordinary times. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays but open Bank Holidays.
Gelligaer Road, Nelson, Caerphilly CF46 6ER +44 (0)1443 412248 llancaiachfawr@caerphilly.gov.uk | www.llancaiachfawr.co.uk

Llandaff Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of SS Peter & Paul, Dyfrig, Teilo and Euddogwy is the mother church of the Diocese of Llandaff and stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. The present cathedral dates from 1107 and lies in the ancient City of Llandaff, much of which is now a conservation area. Despite being surrounded on all sides by the bustling modern city of Cardiff, the Llandaff conservation area remains comparatively unspoilt and surprisingly tranquil.

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Llanerch Vineyard
Llanerch Vineyard is the premier vineyard in Wales, producing award winning Welsh wines. The twenty acre Llanerch Estate is set in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan with its lovely villages and bustling market towns, yet it is only 15 minutes drive from the centre of Wales vibrant capital city, Cardiff. There are vineyards, woodland and lake walks, wine tasting and a restaurant and bistro caf serving home cooked local produce daily. Booking is advisable. Llanerch is also home to Wales rst standalone cookery school offering a programme of courses for adults, children, special groups and the corporate market.
Hensol Road, Hensol CF72 8GG +44 (0)1443 222716 info@llanerch-vineyard.co.uk | www.llanerch-vineyard.co.uk

Martin Tinney Gallery


The Martin Tinney Gallery is Wales premier and largest private commercial art gallery, specialising in Welsh art of the highest quality, past and present. The gallery features three oors of beautiful exhibition space and a large stock of work. Clients include the Tate Gallery and the National Museum of Wales, as well as private clients worldwide. Whether you are looking for a one-off purchase or are interested in building a serious collection of Welsh art, the knowledgeable staff look forward to welcoming you. Visit www.artwales.com.

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Millennium Stadium
A prestigious and iconic venue, the Millennium Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby has an unrivalled major events heritage. From the 1999 Rugby World Cup, the unforgettable Welsh Grand Slam victories in 2005 and 2008, Leinsters stunning Heineken Cup Final triumph in 2011 to the London 2012 Olympic Football matches, the Millennium Stadium is a must play venue for music, football, speedway and it continues to welcome the worlds most memorable events. Many of the worlds biggest musical stars have performed on the Millennium Stadium stage under its world famous fully retractable roof. Experience this for yourself, with tours operating daily from the WRU Store, No 8 Westgate Street (between Gates 3 & 4).
Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS +44 (0)29 2082 2228 www.millenniumstadium.co.uk

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National Museum Cardiff


Discover art, natural history, archaeology and geology. The art collection is the one of the nest in Europe it includes one of the best Impressionist collections and new contemporary art galleries. In the Natural History galleries make sure you visit the new Marine gallery, where you can see the worlds largest Leatherback Turtle and the huge skeleton of a Humpback Whale. In the Evolution of Wales gallery nd out more about the Big Bang 4,600 million years ago and how our planet was formed. The museum has something to offer everyone and has a regular programme of events and activities. Admission Free. Opening times: 10am-5pm. Closed Mondays except most Bank Holidays.
Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP +44 (0)300 111 2333 www.museumwales.ac.uk
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National Roman Legion Museum


Discover a hidden Roman world at the National Roman Legion Museum. As well as hundreds of objects in the Museum, there is a soldiers bedroom made to look how it would have done 2,000 years ago, complete with metal armour for children to try on. At weekends children can play in our Family Fun Area or the Museum Garden offers a place to relax and enjoy a pleasant atmosphere and there are plenty of events and activities during the year. Admission Free. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 2pm-5pm.
High Street, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1AE +44 (0)300 111 2333 www.museumwales.ac.uk

Norwegian Church Arts Centre


Formerly a Church for Norwegian Sailors, this is a landmark building on the Cardiff Bay waterfront. The unique venue hosts a variety of events, from live music to workshops and classes. The Dahl Gallery also displays a range of art and photography exhibitions. An events calendar is available on the website. The stylish caf bar offers food all day, with the outside terrace overlooking the tranquil waters of the Bay. Available for private hire, from meetings to wedding blessings, the Norwegian Church can cater for all your needs.
Harbour Drive, Cardiff CF10 4PA +44 (0)29 2087 7959 norwegianchurch@cardiff.gov.uk | www.norwegianchurchcardiff.com

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Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre


Penderyn is the only distillery in Wales and the rst for over 100 years. The visit includes an exhibition room followed by an informal guided tour of the distillery at work. Visitors will see the truly unique still which lies behind the success of the world class whiskies produced at Penderyn. The tour includes the opportunity to taste the range of whiskies produced as well as their award-winning Brecon Gin, Five Vodka and Merlyn Cream Liqueur. The distillery shop stocks the full range of Penderyn products and a wide selection of branded gifts and accessories. Pre-booking required.
Penderyn CF44 0SX +44 (0)1685 810651 geoff@welsh-whisky.co.uk | www.penderyn-distillery.co.uk

Pit Pony Sanctuary


Come strolling with ponies in high Welsh pastures overlooking the Taff Valley and meet horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes. The Pit Pony Sanctuary is a small charity centre (Registered Charity No. 1002933) who care for needy horses and ponies with meagre resources. Please help them at www.pitponies.co.uk. Enjoy wonderful panoramic views as your guide tells you about the ponies. Help them continue their work by sponsoring a pony (a very caring gift) from just 0.50p per week at www.sponsorapony.co.uk
Fforest Uchaf Farm, Maindy Road, Penycoedcae, Pontypridd CF37 1PS +44 (0)1443 480327 info@pitponies.co.uk | www.visitpitponies.co.uk

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Rhondda Heritage Park


Based at the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery, the Park offers a fascinating insight into the rich culture and character of the Rhondda Valleys. Experience life underground on a fully guided tour with exminer guides, discover valleys life in our indoor reconstructed Village Street, relax on Level One contemporary art gallery & caf. With stunning views of the lower Rhondda Valleys its a great place to relax over coffee or lunch and enjoy the regularly changing programme of exhibitions, exclusive artworks, ceramics and jewellery.
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Roath Park
Roath Park stands in a beautiful location at the centre of this busy capital city and still retains the classic Victorian atmosphere and character of its original layout. At the heart of the park is the 30 acre Lake an important habitat for wintering birds which is also used for shing and boating The Park is full of historic and horticultural interest, with widely diverse environments across the park including playgrounds, sporting venues and the conservatory which provides a valuable educational resource. Local residents and visitors alike can enjoy their leisure time in the many different pursuits on offer.
Lake Road West, Cardiff CF23 5PG +44 (0)29 2068 4000 www.cardiff.gov.uk

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Lewis Merthyr Colliery, Coed Cae Road, Trehafod, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37 2NP +44 (0)1443 682036 info@rhonddaheritagepark.com | www.rhonddaheritagepark.com

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RSPB Newport Wetlands


Come and explore the vast reedbeds, enjoy wonderful views of the Severn Estuary, or stroll through shady woodland. There are numerous wildlife spectacles for you to see at Newport Wetlands from the elusive bearded tit to wading birds like the avocet every season brings new things to see. Or why not relax in the coffee shop or browse through the shop. Newport Wetlands boasts a play area and a wide range of events to suit all ages from pond dipping for children to guided walks for adults.

Stadium Plaza
Stadium Plaza is in the heart of Cardiffs busy city centre. Its a short walk from Cardiff Central railway station, only minutes away from St Marys Street and 500 metres from the NCP car park. Stadium Plaza is home to VUE, a 13 screen 3D cinema complex, a state of the art gymnasium offering a variety of diverse classes from Pure Gym, and our soon to open activity zone and restaurant. All this really makes the Stadium Plaza the entertainment venue of choice for your next family day out. Discounted car parking available at NCP Wood St/ Great Western Lane (through validation).
Wood Street, Cardiff CF10 1LA +44 (0)843 636 5080 info@stadiumplaza.co.uk | www.stadiumplaza.co.uk

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West Nash Road, Nash, Newport NP18 2BZ +44 (0)1633 636363 newport-wetlands@rspb.org.uk | www.rspb.org.uk/newportwetlands

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St Fagans: National History Museum


St Fagans: National History Museum is one of the worlds best open-air museums. Set in the grounds of the splendid St Fagans castle on the outskirts of Cardiff, the Museum is home to over forty original buildings that have been moved stone-by-stone from different parts of Wales and re-erected at the Museum; these include a Victorian school, a row of ironworkers cottages, farmhouses and a magnicent medieval church. St Fagans is very much a living museum with demonstrations by traditional craftsmen. It has a regular programme of events and activities. Admission Free. Open daily: 10am-5pm. Open Bank Holidays.
St Fagans, Cardiff CF5 6XB +44 (0)300 111 2333 post@museumwales.ac.uk | www.museumwales.ac.uk

St John the Baptist City Parish Church


This is Cardiffs 15th century Parish Church with ne Victorian glass and ttings. It is the second oldest city centre building in use, located next to the citys covered market. The church and its volunteer-run Tea Room is open Mon-Sat 10am3pm, serving refreshments, cakes and sandwiches. A warm welcome is assured at one of Cardiffs most visited attractions. Please visit the Parish website for times of Sunday and weekday worship services, concerts and special events. The main Sunday Sung Eucharist is at 10am every week.

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St John Street, Cardiff CF10 1GJ +44 (0)29 2039 5231 cardiffstjohncity.admin@gmail.com | www.cardiffstjohncityparish.org.uk

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Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre


Taff Valley Quad Bike & Activity Centre near Cardiff; a family run centre with over 18 years of experience. Specialising in Quad Bike treks out in the countryside. Also available real Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery & Laser Shooting. Another popular activity is Gorge Walking in the Brecon Beacons. The activities are suitable for all ages and all abilities, and are very popular with families, stag & hen groups, birthdays etc. Activity Breaks arranged with other activities such as Paintball, Horse Riding, Go-Karting and many more.

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Techniquest
Where can you launch a rocket, re a giant pop gun and move half a ton of granite ...all in one day? At Techniquest, the hands-on science centre in Cardiff Bay, there are more than 120 interactive exhibits and a programme of shows and events in the Science Theatre and Planetarium. Theres something to keep everyone happy for a couple of hours or more... stop for lunch at Caf Quest, and nd gifts, books and science kits at the Techniquest shop. What will you discover? The coolest Science Centre in the UK The Independent
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Cwrt-Y-Celyn Farm, Upperboat, Pontypridd CF37 5BJ +44 (0)29 2083 1658 hopkinsmith@btconnect.com | www.adventurewales.co.uk

Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW +44 (0)29 2047 5475 info@techniquest.org | www.techniquest.org

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The Cardiff Story


The perfect place to start your visit to Cardiff. In The Cardiff Storys fun, free and interactive galleries, discover how the city was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s, to one of the worlds biggest ports in the 1900s, to the cool, cosmopolitan capital we know today. The museum is housed in the beautiful and historic Old Library, and is rich in stories, objects, photographs and lm telling the history of Cardiff through the eyes of those who created the city its people.

The Red Dragon Centre


The Red Dragon Centre is the Citys ultimate entertainment destination, boasting everything you need to eat, drink and play under one roof. What we do is what we do best! Inside youll nd a 12 screen cinema which boasts the only digital IMAX in Wales, a 26-lane bowling alley, casino, gym, and hit music station Capital FM. Were also all about eating! Whatever your choice in food youll nd it here with plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafs to suit all tastes. All this and free customer parking make our exciting destination in Cardiff Bay a must visit, day or night.

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The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1BH +44 (0)29 2078 8334 cardiffstory@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cardiffstory.com

Hemingway Road, Leisure Village, Atlantic Wharf CF10 4JY +44 (0)29 2025 6261 www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk

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Wales Millennium Centre


Wales No 1 visitor attraction, Wales Millennium Centre is an iconic arts centre and a must-see tourist and cultural destination. Home to nine creative companies, including Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the award winning Centre is one of Europes most exciting performing arts venues, providing a world-class stage for musicals and opera, ballet and contemporary dance. Plus, with regular free performances, always available family activity, guided tours, art exhibitions and a choice of bars and restaurants including its own ffresh Bar and Restaurant, it is a great place to drop in to and explore.
Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5AL +44 (0)29 2063 6464 info@wmc.org.uk | www.wmc.org.uk

World of Boats
World of Boats is a brand new attraction on the waterfront at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay featuring a unique collection of boats from around the globe. It also tells visitors the history of the evolution, navigation, use and restoration of boats. Using hi-tech displays and old fashioned craft, World of Boats highlights the best of boats and the skills used to keep them aoat. Interactive areas and fascinating displays mean theres plenty for the whole family to Sea, Discover and Explore at World of Boats!

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(Next to Doctor Who Experience) Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4GA +44 (0)7971 055811 info@experiencedesign.co.uk | www.worldofboatscardiff.com

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G Casino
With a fantastic restaurant, amazing bar, live entertainment and great value gaming, G Casino is the perfect venue for any occasion! Host to a wealth of different events each week from corporate entertaining to birthday parties to learn to play nights, G Casino also has full conference facilities on site with day delegate & room hire packages available. G Casino experience packages start at just 15 per person perfect for a works night out or birthday celebration! Over 18s only. ID required.

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Glee Club Comedy and Music Venue


Youll nd the multi-award-winning Glee Club on the waterfront at Cardiff Bay. The heart of live comedy and music in South Wales for over a decade, this place is a corker. Every weekend this is Wales No.1 Comedy Club, where having a great time is the order for both audiences and comics alike. Its hard to name a comedy star who hasnt been on the stage. Browse the listings for the best comics on tour and brilliant live music too. If youre looking for a great night, you should start here.
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ +44 (0)871 472 0400 www.glee.co.uk/cardiff

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The Red Dragon Centre, Hemingway Road, Cardiff CF10 4JY +44 (0)29 2046 8350 www.grosvenorcasinos.com

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Les Croupiers Casino


Les Croupiers has been established in Cardiff for over forty years and is known for its warm welcome and good gaming everything you could want for a fantastic night out with friends, colleagues or family. For the experienced, Les Croupiers offer the highest limits in the area and for those new to gaming, friendly staff are on hand to teach you how to play. Their brand new, purpose built casino has one of the largest Poker Rooms in the UK and the multiscreen Sky TV Sports Bar shows a variety of Sky Sports TV channels.
Capital Retail Park, Leckwith Road, Cardiff CF11 8EG +44 (0)29 2038 2810 www.lescroupiers.co.uk

New Theatre
Situated in the heart of the Welsh capital, the beautiful New Theatre has been the home of quality drama, musicals, dance and childrens shows for over 100 years. Presenting the best of the West End along with the pick of the UKs touring shows, the New Theatre is Cardiffs oldest surviving traditional theatre. Be sure to pay a visit as part of your stay in the city.

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Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3LN +44 (0)29 2087 8889 www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

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Sherman Cymru
Sherman Cymrus theatre in the Cathays area of Cardiff reopened in February 2012 following redevelopment, improving the seats, backstage areas and creating new, welcoming public spaces including a brand new caf bar serving drinks and delicious meals six days a week. This special building is a place in which theatre is made and where children, artists, writers and anyone else has the opportunity to do creative things. Sherman Cymru is excited to present a packed programme featuring the very best theatre, dance, family shows and music from Wales and the rest of the world.
Senghennydd Road, Cardiff CF24 4YE +44 (0)29 2064 6900 tickets@shermancymru.co.uk | www.shermancymru.co.uk

St Davids Hall
St Davids Hall is the award winning National Concert Hall of Wales situated at the very heart of Cardiffs retail and entertainment centre. With an impressive 2,000-seat concert hall, St Davids Hall is home to the annual Welsh Proms Cardiff, the world-class International Concert Series and the famous bi-annual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. St Davids Hall presents a multitude of live entertainment, including pop, rock, folk, jazz, rhythm and blues, comedy, childrens shows, lunchtime concerts, musicals, light entertainment, dance, world music, lms & classical music.

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The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH +44 (0)29 2087 8444 SDHboxofce@cardiff.gov.uk | www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk

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TOURS, TRANSPORT & GROUND HANDLERS

Brit Movie Tours


Gavin and Stacey Tour Come and see whats occurring in Barry Island. Tour the locations in Daves actual coach and visit the home of Stacey, Nessas arcade, the church where she nearly gets married and much more. Doctor Who Cardiff Location Tours Choose between a 2 hour walking tour or 3 hour bus tour which takes you to locations in and around Cardiff such as where Donna nearly got married, Amy Ponds village, Rose Tylers workplace as well as sites from spin off shows Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Cardiff Boat Tours


Cardiff Boat runs Princess Katharine a large relaxing water bus with 90 seats, operating between Bute Park in the City Centre and Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay. Take a trip to the Bay the leisurely way, see the amazing wildlife on the River Taff, enjoy the sights of Cardiff Bay and the Barrage and the charm of arriving at Mermaid Quay by water. Alternatively, travel from the Bay and discover the delights of Bute Park in the heart of the City. Leaving on the half hour from Bute Park and on the hour from Mermaid Quay - an experience not to be missed.

+44 (0)844 2471 007 info@britmovietours.com | www.britmovietours.com

+44 (0)7745 440874 cardiff.boat.tours@gmail.com | www.cardiffboat.com

Cardiff Cycle Tours


A must to discover Cardiff; explore this beautiful and fascinating young city by bike. Cardiff reects the history and future of Wales and is fast becoming a great cycling city. Youll have a great time on the fantastic Pashley bikes, guaranteeing a comfortable and leisurely ride. Cardiff Cycle Tours is all about a softer way of cycling, taking it easy and enjoying. The two standard guided tours, the Bay tour and the Bute tour offer a unique experience of time and place. Alternatively you can discover it yourself, by hiring our bikes at great prices. Maps and advice available, book now.

Cardiff History & Hauntings


See Cardiff as never before! Professional guided walks to inform and entertain. The Llandaff Ghost Walk: a chilling torchlit walk through graveyards, woodland and ruins; Cardiffs Forgotten Past: riotous and enlightening stories of life and characters in Medieval, Tudor and Victorian Cardiff; The Civic Centre Walk: through the grandeur of its famous Civic buildings, learn of Cardiffs rise as a city and proud Capital of Wales; The Castell Coch guided tour - breathtaking beauty and charming tales in this hillside fairytale castle (castle entry fee included in this tour).

+44 (0)7500 564389 info@cardiffcycletours.com | www.cardiffcycletours.com

+44 (0)7538 878 609 sales@cardiffhistory.co.uk | www.cardiffhistory.co.uk

Cardiff Wales Guided Tours


Experienced, professionally qualied Blue Badge Ofcial Tourist Guides offering:  Walking tours and coach tours of Wales capital city, Cardiff and Cardiff Bay for individuals and groups  Extended tours throughout Wales, by coach, chauffeur driven cars and people carriers English, Welsh, French and other European languages   Tailor-made tours  Meet and greet services  Tours for conferences and events  Special interest tours eg: The Dylan Thomas Trail and The Wales Coast Path. Contact Cardiff Wales Guided Tours for a personalised guiding service and for an informative, enjoyable and memorable tour. See the real Wales!
Official Blue Badge Tour Guide

Official iPhone app


Download our official Cardiff iPhone app. Search for things to do, places to eat & drink, where to stay and whats on. Just visit the app store and search Visit Cardiff

www.visitcardiff.com/app

+44 (0)7977 559224 or +44(0)7812 587047 cardiffwalestours@btinternet.com | www.cardiffwalesguidedtours.com

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Cardiff Walking Tours


The Citys must do tour for any visitor, the Ofcial Guides Cardiff Walking Tour is the fascinating journey through Cardiffs 2000 year story. Join the qualied local guides and follow in the footsteps of the people who built and shaped Wales wonderful capital. Discover famous landmarks and hidden corners as the past comes alive on this highly recommended tour. Based in Castle Welsh Crafts opposite Cardiff Castle, tours run on most days throughout the year and are perfect for individuals or groups. Qualied guides for coach tours of Cardiff and Wales are also available.
Official Blue Badge Tour Guide

Grifn Guiding
The best choice for entertaining but informative tours Grifn Guiding provides a exible approach to tour guide services around Wales. Tours can be tailored to your needs, ensuring that you have a memorable time in Cardiff and Wales. Ofcial Cardiff Tour Guide On Coach, Walking Tours or a combination G  uided tour programmes for conferences and events M  eet & Greet services T  ailored tours of Wales Q  uality Assured tours provide by ofcial Visit Wales Blue Badge Tour Guides C  ardiff City Centre & Bay Tours, Rhondda Valleys and much more
+44 (0)7974 678405 or +44(0)1443 217204 steve@grifnguiding.co.uk | www.grifnguiding.co.uk
Official Blue Badge Tour Guide

Castle Welsh Crafts (departure point), Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1BS +44 (0)29 2034 3038 or +44(0)7849 067449 cardiffwalktour@btinternet.com | www.cardiffwalkingtour.co.uk

Pedal Power
Pedal Power is the unique cycle charity encouraging everyone to get on their bikes and have fun! The beautiful parkland at Pontcanna HQ enables safe, trafc-free cycling and access to the Taff Trail. Cycles and pedal-cars available at Cardiff Bay (next to Doctor Who). Pontcanna HQ (Pontcanna Caravan Park, Cardiff CF11 9JJ) April-September Daily 9-6pm (Sunday 9-6pm) OctoberMarch Daily 9-4pm (incl Sunday) Cardiff Bay (The Barrage, CF10 4PA) February half term Daily 10-4pm/Weekends 10-4pm April-September Weekends/school holidays 10-6pm
Cardiff Caravan Park, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff CF11 9JJ/ Cardiff Bay Barrage, Cardiff Bay CF10 4PA +44 (0)29 2039 0713 info@cardiffpedalpower.org | www.cardiffpedalpower.org

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Planet Wales
Based in Cardiff, Planet Wales provides highly acclaimed bespoke tours exploring the fascinating history, beautiful landscapes and dramatic coastline of Wales. Led by one of Wales most qualied ofcial guides, Planet Wales tours make your visit a fantastic experience. Tours include The Story of Wales for history, myth and legends; Wild Wales for wonderful scenery and wildlife; or take a walk on the wild side with our famous City Safari for a unique look at Cardiff. Book now and join us on Planet Wales!
Official Blue Badge Tour Guide

+44 (0)7849 067449 tours@planetwales.co.uk | www.planetwales.co.uk

Roam Wales
To see Wales is essential. To experience Wales is even better! From past to present, mountain to coast, city to village, coal to whiskey - meet the people and listen to the language (Welsh is the oldest living European language). Experience it all... Roam Wales pride themselves on providing a professional service at affordable value for money prices. With a selection of collection/return points which include Caerphilly, Cardiff Bay and Cardiff City Centre, nothing could be easier! Arrange your tour before you leave home take the stress out of deciding what to do when you arrive in Wales.

See Wales Tours


Welcome to Cardiff and the gateway into Wales! Join us for guided sightseeing day tours of south Wales departing from Cardiff city centre throughout the year. See the wonderful countryside of Wales visiting majestic castles, ancient ruins, sandy beaches, a famous Welsh coal mine and much more. L  ive commentary on every tour T  ales of Wales throughout the day T  aste Welsh cakes L  isten to Welsh music L  earn to speak Welsh! Our minicoach tours are designed for all ages and abilities. We drive you, We guide you. You explore Wales. Call us now to book a tour for tomorrow!
National Museum Cardiff (departure point) Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff CF10 3NP +44 (0)29 2022 7227 hello@seewales.com | www.seewales.com

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Strachan Travel
Strachan Travel is Cardiff & Wales premier ground handler, being a fully licensed and bonded travel agent and providing a comprehensive service to tour operators and inbound groups. Services include: M  eet & Greet  Transfers H  otel reservations  Sightseeing tours  uide services and interpreters G V  IP transfers (limousines, helicopters, light aircraft) D  inners T  ickets for matches, sports events & theatres I ncentives, Meetings & Conferences T  ailor-made programmes The Company also specialises in providing services to disabled travellers.
+44 (0)1446 776212 jim@strachansportstravel.com | www.strachansportstravel.com

Venture Out Cardiff


Venture Out Cardiff provides accessible short breaks including adventurous outdoor activities and nature tours, to suit all ages and abilities. Packages include cycling, sailing, kayaking, climbing and white water rafting, as well as walks and tours of the city and around. All activities are led by qualied instructors. A range of accommodation and evening entertainment can be included in the package. Venture Out Cardiff is a Social Enterprise and part of Innovate Trust, a Cardiff based charity. All prots help subsidise activities for local disabled people.

Innovate Trust, 433 Cowbridge Road East, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1JH +44 (0)29 2038 2151 jonathon.lee@innovate-trust.org.uk | www.ventureoutcardiff.org.uk

Viking Hospitality and Events


Viking Hospitality is a specialist provider of corporate entertainment and event management. With over 20 years experience, Viking Hospitality has gained a reputation for excellence and attention to detail. They specialise in providing ofcial hospitality for sporting events, in particular Six Nations and international rugby union. Viking Hospitality also offer a bespoke event planning service to meet your exact requirements. They are currently able to offer accommodation, travel and/ or any other ground arrangements required. Please contact Viking Hospitality for any requirements you may have throughout Wales.
Mackintosh House, 136 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 1DJ +44 (0)29 2048 2666 sales@vikinghospitality.com | www.vikinghospitality.com

Wales Visitor Services (Est 1993)


Specialist guiding/presentations only King Arthur and Merlin investigations in the Cardiff area with ex-Detective Inspector on the trail of sites of specic investigatory interest to the Arthurian/Merlin/Holy Grail enthusiast. The Industrial age in Cardiff. The history of the Coal Port within Cardiff and the railways it spawned. T  he various ages of Cardiff from the Bronze Age to the Age of Coal. John F Wake has featured in numerous presentations including New York Times, The Golf Channel, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, Fuji Television of Japan, BBC, ITV, SKY and many other worldwide and UK media outlets.
+44 (0)7989 033227 info@wales-tours.com | www.wales-tours.com

How to get around


Cardiff is a compact city and can easily be explored on foot, with the majority of the attractions, shops, restaurants, hotels and parklands all within a few minutes of each other. Find out more about Cardiff's public transport as well downloadable maps of the city centre, Cardiff Bay and the city-region online.

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SHOPPING

Capitol Shopping Centre


The Capitol Shopping Centre is conveniently located on Queen Street with a strong tenant mix of high quality retailers including Hobbs, Accessorize, Jaeger, M.A.C, Fat Face, Austin Reed, Phase Eight, Moda in Pelle and is anchored by H&M. You will also nd internationally renowned Sassoon Salon, Tesco Metro and Cafs Soho Coffee Co, Caf Caribe, Caf Nero and Pret a Manger. There is also an on-site 400 space car park and new easyGym tness centre.

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Cardiff Central Market


Cardiff Market is an impressive Victorian structure which offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of a modern, bustling city. Under one great glass roof you will nd a wealth of products ranging from pots and pans to bread and butter, and from nuts and bolts to rock and roll. The Market is open Monday-Saturday, 8am until 5.30pm. You will nd a vast array of services and products conveniently situated under one roof. Cardiff Market is a one-stop-shop for all your culinary, household and garden needs.

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Queen Street, Cardiff CF10 2HQ +44 (0)29 2022 3683 info@capitolshopping.co.uk | www.capitolshopping.co.uk

St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AU +44 (0)29 2087 1214 / +44(0)29 2078 5459 enquiries@cardiff-market.co.uk | www.cardiffcouncilproperty.com

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Cardiff Fashion Quarter


Centrally located, CFQ is in Womanby St, opposite the clock tower of Cardiff Castle. Here you will nd a different unique shopping experience. This former Art Deco cinema is home to over 20 independent traders under one roof offering an eclectic mix of Vintage and Retro fashion in specialist boutiques, collectibles from eras past, hand crafted designer wares, records, contemporary art, jewellery, homewares and unusual gifts. If you enjoy shopping away from the mainstream, you will have fun exploring our friendly Aladdins cave of vintage treasures and curiosities, and perhaps time to enjoy a refreshment in our caf.
Womanby Street, Cardiff CF10 1BS www.facebook.com/CardiffFashionQuarter

Craft in the Bay


Discover a showcase of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, metal work and bespoke furniture exclusively made in Wales by members of The Makers Guild in Wales. Come and visit the light and spacious gallery in the heart of the cultural Cardiff Bay. You can browse and buy individually selected, quality craft work at your leisure, meet the maker members and relax in the fabulous caf. You can also explore exhibitions of contemporary craft and applied art and take part in weekend hands-on workshops. Gift vouchers | conference room hire | kids crafty parties | hen parties | school workshops.
The Flourish, Lloyd George Avenue, Cardiff CF10 4QH +44 (0)29 2048 4611 admin@makersguildinwales.org.uk | www.makersguildinwales.org.uk

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Fabulous Welshcakes
Situated in the heart of Mermaid Quay, is this small friendly Welsh gift shop specialising in Welshcakes. Follow the delicious aroma of freshly baked Welshcakes and watch them being cooked so you can enjoy them warm and fresh from the griddle. Fabulous Welshcakes also stock a wide range of contemporary Welsh gifts made by small quality producers, such as luxury chocolates, Wendy Brandon preserves, Newquay honey, Sheep Poo paper products, Welsh lovespoons, Welsh slate products, Melin Tregwynt textiles and china, Earthpure body products, handmade cards and much more
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay CF10 5BZ +44 (0)29 2045 6593 sales@fabulouswelshcakes.co.uk | www.fabulouswelshcakes.co.uk

Fair Dos Siopa Teg - Fair Trade Shop


Trading in Canton, fteen minutes walk from Cardiff centre, Fair Dos/Siopa Teg are stockists of the widest range of fair trade goods in Wales. With lines such as greeting cards, jewellery, toys, clothing and food, youll be spoilt for choice. Pick up souvenirs from their growing range of Welsh language products like Welsh dragon boxer shorts. If you dont live close to a fair trade shop, now is your chance to buy fair trade products in the worlds rst fair-trade capital city.

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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Bridgend


During your visit to the beautiful South Wales coast, a trip to Bridgend Designer Outlet is an absolute must. With over 90 designer and high street stores including Lacoste, Tommy Hilger, Kurt Geiger, Ted Baker, Levis and ONeill all offering savings of up to 60%, Bridgend Designer Outlet has a designer discount for everyone. Located just 30 minutes from Cardiff at junction 36 of the M4, there is free parking and a bus service direct from Cardiff bus station.

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Queens Arcade
Queens Arcade is home to some of Cardiffs most exciting and fashionable boutiques, shops, jewellers and cafs and is situated on Queen Street, right in the heart of Cardiff. Whether you are browsing for presents, something fabulous for a night out, gorgeous jewellery or just fancy a spot of window shopping, Queens Arcade has something for everyone. And after a shopping workout, you can relax over a coffee or a light bite at one of our cafs. Theres also a Post Ofce in case you need one.

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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Bridgend, The Derwen, Bridgend CF32 9SU +44 (0)1656 665700 enquiries@bridgenddesigneroutlet.com | www.bridgenddesigneroutlet.com

Queen Street, Cardiff CF10 2BY +44 (0)29 2022 3581 ceri.brockway@eu.jll.com | www.queensarcade.info

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Spillers Records
Famed for being the Worlds Oldest Record Shop (Est. 1894), Spillers Records recently relocated to its third home in the stylish Victorian era Morgan Arcade. While the iconic Spillers T-shirt has become synonymous with the music industry, the staff pride themselves on their readiness to recommend and help customers with their purchases. The racks are lled with Classic Rock, Electronica, Reggae and Country music, along with new and local talent. Famous locals from the Super Furry Animals to The Manic Street Preachers have all played at the shop!

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St Davids has cemented Cardiff as one of the UKs top shopping destinations. With over 180 stores including many rsts for Wales, such as Vivienne Westwood, Armani Exchange, Hamleys, Apple and Cosy Club to high-street favourites, including John Lewis and New Look and over 30 restaurants and cafs. Whether youre looking for that perfect new outt, the latest gadget, unique gift ideas or a memorable meal, youll nd everything you need at St Davids.

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31 Morgan Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AF +44 (0)29 2022 4905 info@spillersrecords.com | www.spillersrecords.com

Cardiff City Centre CF10 1AH +44 (0)29 2036 7600 www.stdavidscardiff.com

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RESTAURANTS, BARS & CAFES

Browns Bar & Brasserie


Browns have been serving simple, classic and freshly prepared dishes in elegant surroundings since the rst opened in 1973. Described by many as a great example of proper food, Browns use the best ingredients and cook fresh to order. Understanding that a sense of place is important, Browns Bar & Brasserie is a place where you can relax, enjoy a drink, a ne meal and good conversation. The staff truly know how to look after you, leaving you free to enjoy the food and the atmosphere.

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ffresh Bar & Restaurant


ffresh, located in the heart of Cardiff Bay at Wales Millennium Centre, is the home of great food and drink. ffresh Bar serves coffee and cake from 10am plus superb handmade pizzas and delicious platters to share from 12pm. ffresh Restaurant serves the best in Welsh food for lunch from 12pm and dinner from 7.30pm with seasonal menus designed with Shaun Hill of The Walnut Tree. ffresh is open daily and is also available for private dining and functions.

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The Friary Centre, The Friary, Cardiff CF10 3FA +44 (0)29 2066 7096 www.browns-restaurants.co.uk

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5AL +44 (0)29 2063 6465 ffresh@wmc.org.uk | www.wmc.org.uk

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen Cardiff Library


Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Amazing burgers, incredible shakes, and some of the best feel good food in Cardiff. GBK uses an innovative combination of avours and only the freshest ingredients to create delicious gourmet burgers. The relaxed GBK dining environment at Cardiff Library with a lively atmosphere is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner that will leave you feeling seriously satised and suitably impressed by how much can be done with the simple concept of a burger. With a selection of over 20 gourmet burgers on the menu, youll be sure to nd a favourite.
Unit 2, Library Building, Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FL +44 (0)29 2066 8379 cardifibrary@gbk.co.uk | www.gbk.co.uk/restaurant/cardiff-library

Gourmet Burger Kitchen Mermaid Quay


Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Amazing burgers, incredible shakes, and some of the best feel good food in Mermaid Quay. GBK uses an innovative combination of avours and only the freshest ingredients to create delicious gourmet burgers. The relaxed GBK dining environment at Mermaid Quay with a lively atmosphere is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner that will leave you feeling seriously satised and suitably impressed by how much can be done with the simple concept of a burger. With a selection of over 20 gourmet burgers on the menu, youll be sure to nd a favourite.
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ +44 (0)29 2045 4078 cardiffmq@gbk.co.uk | www.gbk.co.uk/restaurant/cardiff-mermaid-quay

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La Crperie de Sophie

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Located in the heart of Cardiff, right next to the citys historical castle, La Crperie de Sophie offers a wide range of sweet and savoury crpes, all made to order and lled with the freshest of ingredients. Gluten free buckwheat galettes and vegan alternatives are also available on request. The shop also offers gourmet and iced coffees, made with top quality and locally sourced Welsh Coffee, and other soft drinks and sweet treats. Numerous tables are available for seating and all crpes and galettes are available to take away.

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16 High Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BB +44 (0)29 2037 2352 info@lacreperiedesophie.com | www.lacreperiedesophie.com

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Las Iguanas Mermaid Quay


Come and experience South America in all its nery at Las Iguanas in the Bay. The interior takes all of the texture and colour of the southern hemisphere, with quirky furniture and comfy booths. Enjoy stunning views across the bay. Watch the chefs in the open kitchen preparing fantastic fresh food. From light lunch dishes, nibbly tapas and tacos to share, to sizzling fajitas, Brazilian classics and plenty of choice from the char grill. Choose from a wide selection of cocktails, from Caipirinhas to Margaritas. Theres something for everyone.

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Las Iguanas Mill Lane


Whether youre on a date, looking for a business lunch venue, having a family party or just meeting friends, youll nd something on the menu to suit the occasion. Save money with the great value lunch and early evening set menu or tapas offers; combine them with cocktail Happy Hour and get even more party for your Pe$o! Go a la carte and youll be treated to a wide selection of tasty treats from gourmet Fajitas, the Mexican favourite, to healthy salads and seafood.

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Unit 27, Ground Floor, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BZ +44 (0)29 2045 9165 mermaidquay@iguanas.co.uk | www.iguanas.co.uk

8 Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FL +44 (0)29 2022 6373 cardiff@iguanas.co.uk | www.iguanas.co.uk/cardiff.asp

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Milgi Lounge
Milgi Lounge is a vegetarian restaurant and bar with a mission to bring together food, drink, music and art under one roof, serving healthy, tasty homecooked veggie and vegan food. As well as great food, Milgi serves a comprehensive cocktail menu using only the freshest fruit, the sexiest spirits in the most delectable combinations. In 2012 Milgi was runner-up in the 2012 Observer Food Monthly Awards for Best Place to Drink, Best Cheap Eats and Best Ethical. Youll also nd a packed events diary, including storytelling in the Yurt, 1 jumble sale, boutique market and art & curry club.
213 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JD +44 (0)29 2047 3150 enquiries@bellinisitaliano.com | www.milgilounge.com

Pettigrew Tea Rooms


Pettigrew Tea Rooms are located in the heart of Cardiff where the stunning green space of Bute Park meets the bustling city centre. The tea rooms offer a traditional Welsh experience and are a proudly independent business. Boasting a comprehensive lunch menu alongside wonderful cakes baked daily on-site, a superb selection of loose leaf teas and ne locally roasted coffee. Pettigrew have quickly established as a must visit destination.

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West Lodge, Bute Park, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1BJ +44 (0)29 2023 5486 tea@pettigrew-tearooms.co.uk | www.pettigrew-tearooms.com

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Retro
Evoking memories & playing classic tunes from all your 90s heroes, Retro is the undisputed home of the 90s vibe. Spread over 3 oors Retro boasts 3 bars... including a World Famous Cocktail bar, 2 dance oors & several stylish seating areas that allow you to party like its 1999. Retro can be found in the heart of Mill Lane Caf Quarter, surrounded by great restaurants, hotels & other bars. Its the perfect place to unwind after a marathon shopping trip at St Davids less than 100yds away.

Secret Garden Caf


The Secret Garden Caf is located in the centre of Bute Park in a courtyard behind a garden wall that features climbing roses and a beautiful semiherbaceous border. Seating is available within the cosy courtyard or out in the park for those preferring more expansive views. Youll often nd the BBQ running in ne weather and the caf offers a good range of affordable food and drinks to visitors all year round who need a rest stop while out enjoying the park. Also, look out for public opening times of the parks Education Centre next door.
Bute Park, City Centre, Cardiff CF10 3DX +44 (0)29 2034 2954

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7 Mill Lane, Cafe Quarter, Cardiff CF10 1FL +44 (0)29 2034 4688 info@retrocardiff.co.uk | www.retrocardiff.co.uk

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RESTAURANTS, BARS & CAFES

The Bunkhouse
An ever changing backpackers bar with a built in client base of travellers for you to get to know. Have a tasty beer or a scrummy cup of fruit tea. Weekdays are a relaxed affair but when the weekend comes, the music gets turned up (just a bit) and swing, jazz and Charlie Chaplin take over downstairs in the halfpenny theatre. If youre feeling a little weary from all of the excitement, why not book a bed in the hostel upstairs.

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The Old Cottage


The Old Cottage is a traditional pub with a contemporary restaurant serving freshly prepared food in relaxed country surroundings only 15 minutes from the centre of Cardiff. Classic pub favourites such as sh and chips or freshly made pizza are available all day, every day. The Restaurant offers a two or three course lunch and early evening menu Monday to Friday 12pm till 7pm. The friendly team will be waiting to welcome you with an extensive range of real ales and premium wines. There is something for everyone.

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94 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1DX +44 (0)29 2022 8587 info@bunkhousecardiff.co.uk | www.bunkhousecardiff.co.uk

Cherry Orchard Road, Lisvane, Cardiff CF14 0UE +44 (0)29 2076 5961 enquiry@oldcottagecardiff.co.uk | www.oldcottagecardiff.co.uk

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The Potted Pig


The Potted Pig has made its home in a former bank vault underneath the city located in central Cardiff on High Street within 100m of both Cardiff castle and the famous Millennium Stadium. They serve a varied and constantly changing menu of modern British food with a few French and New York grill inspired inuences. The Potted Pig make every effort to keep the menus seasonal, which means using as many locally sourced products from independent and local suppliers as possible.

The Summerhouse
Offering stunning views down Bute Parks premier oral borders, the Summerhouse occupies a prime position within the park. The caf provides favourite home-cooked meals, as well as a selection of delicious paninis, baguettes and cakes. If you enjoy real coffee, tea and refreshments in a beautiful outdoor setting be sure to pay a visit. Children can play amongst natural play features in good view from the terrace, which makes this a popular choice with families. Dogs are also welcome and cosy blankets are provided to take the chill off if sitting outside in colder weather.

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27 High Street (under Zizzis), Cardiff CF10 1PU +44 (0)29 2022 4817 info@thepottedpig.com | www.thepottedpig.com

Bute Park, City Centre, Cardiff CF10 3DX +44 (0)29 2023 2171

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Waterloo Gardens Teahouse


Quickly establishing itself as one of the best cafs in Cardiff, Waterloo Gardens Teahouse then went on to be adjudged the best Coffee Shop in the UK, by the prestigious BSA Awards Committee. The accolade was well earned, due to the exceptional coffees, the list of over 50 loose leaf teas, the friendly customer service and environment, and of course, the Teahouses now legendary cake selection. Also housing an art gallery and selling teaware, Waterloo Gardens Teahouse has set the bar high when it comes to popping out for a cuppa.

Welsh Banquets at Cardiff Castle


Join the Welsh Banquet for a relaxed and entertaining evening in the historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. Dating from the 15th-Century, the Undercroft is one of the oldest parts of the Castle and here you can enjoy the best of Welsh food, entertainment and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts, the Bute-iful Nights. Dressed in traditional Welsh costume, your hosts will serve Welsh mead, wine and your four course dinner whilst entertaining you with a selection of English and Welsh songs. It is the perfect setting for a memorable night out. Pre-booking essential.

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5 Waterloo Gardens, Penylan, Cardiff CF23 5AA +44 (0)29 2045 6073 info@waterlootea.com | www.waterlootea.com

Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB +44 (0)29 2087 8100 cardiffcastle@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cardiffcastle.com

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SPORTS & GOLF CLUBS

Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues rugby team are one of four professional Welsh regional, rugby union teams. They are based in Cardiff and play regularly at Cardiff Arms Park, a world famous rugby stadium. Cardiff Blues compete in three different competitions and face teams from all around the UK and Europe. A visit to watch Cardiff Blues provides an opportunity to experience an authentic Welsh rugby atmosphere. Tickets start from 12 for adults and can be booked via the website or over the phone 02920 302030.
Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1JA +44 (0)29 2030 2030 enquiries@cardiffblues.com | www.cardiffblues.com

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Cardiff City Football Club


Cardiff City Football Club play in the nPower Championship, the second tier of professional football in the English pyramid. Averaging a 23,000 strong crowd to home League games, they were voted as the Football Leagues Family Club of the Year for 2011. The Club came into existence in 1899 and lifted the F.A. Cup in April 1927 when they beat Arsenal at Wembley. They are currently enjoying their most successful spell in over forty years as they continue to compete at the top end of the Championship.

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Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff CF11 8AZ +44 (0)845 3451400 tickets@cardiffcityfc.co.uk | www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk

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Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey


The Cardiff Devils are one of the most successful and respected teams ever to play in the history of British Ice Hockey. As Wales only professional Ice Hockey Team the Cardiff Devils are rmly positioned in the Elite League, the UKs top-ight league. Their home is in the heart of Cardiff Bay where they compete weekly against teams from all over the UK. Ice Hockey is an exhilarating, fast paced game which everyone can enjoy. For a unique night out or to enjoy the atmosphere join them! To book, visit the website or call 029 2038 2001.

Cottrell Park Golf Resort


Only ten minutes drive from Cardiff city centre, Cottrell Park Golf Resort is set in 400-acres of historical parkland just outside of St Nicholas. The rst-class venue offers two championshipmaintained golf courses, delicious bar food, a number of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, and conference and event rooms for weddings and corporate clients. Easily accessible from junction 33 of the M4 and just 7 miles from Cardiff City centre, Cottrell Park Golf Resort boasts an excellent location and offers ample free car parking. For further event information, visit www.cottrellpark.com or call 01446 781781.
St Nicholas, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan CF5 6SJ +44 (0)1446 781781 events@cottrellpark.com | www.cottrellpark.com

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Cardiff Ice Rink, Empire Way, International Sports Village, Cardiff Bay CF11 0SP +44 (0)29 2038 2001 sales@cardiffdevils.com | www.cardiffdevils.com

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Glamorgan Cricket
Glamorgan are one of the 18 county cricket clubs that make up the rst-class game in Britain. Playing their home games at the internationally renowned SWALEC Stadium on the bank of the River Taff in Cardiffs Bute Park, they are the only professional team from Wales. With a long standing history and tradition, 2013 will see the county celebrate their 125th anniversary year in style, whilst also hosting 6 days of international cricket.

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SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff CF11 9XR +44 (0)29 2041 9311 tickets@glamorgancricket.co.uk | www.glamorgancricket.com

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Cardiff and Vale College International


Cardiff and Vale College is one of the largest Colleges in Wales, with hundreds of students joining through their dedicated International Ofce. Over 1,000 courses are on offer in a variety of subjects: A Levels and vocational courses, English courses accredited by the British Council and Summer or Winter schools. The College has ten sites, with half in Cardiff city centre and specialist engineering and training facilities across the region.

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Cardiff Central Library


Cardiffs award-winning Central Library is more than a collection of books. It is a modern cultural venue. Light open spaces, vibrant colours and wide expanses of glass offer spectacular views across the city. An exciting environment to read, listen to music, to learn or to just relax and enjoy. The library offers free WiFi access, over 90 PCs with free internet and software packages, meeting rooms, music pods, plasma screens with news and travel updates, a baby grand piano, and relaxation and study areas. Cardiff Central Library is conveniently located in the centre of town.

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35 The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AD +44 (0)29 2090 8004 international@cavc.ac.uk | www.cavc.ac.uk/international

The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1FL +44 (0)29 2038 2116 centrallibrary@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cardiff.gov.uk/centrallibrary

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St Davids Catholic Sixth Form College


St Davids Catholic Sixth Form College is based near the centre of Cardiff in one compact campus and is the only Catholic sixth form college in Wales. With modern classrooms and a state of the art Learning and Resource Centre, St Davids has a reputation for academic excellence. The choice of subjects available is vast; with specialist subject teachers on hand and personal tutors offered to all students for support and advice on wellbeing. International students are given guidance by specialist staff on the visa process, accommodation and welfare.
Ty Gwyn Road, Penylan, Cardiff CF23 5QD +44 (0)29 2049 8555 enquiries@st-davids-coll.ac.uk | www.st-davids-coll.ac.uk

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Study in Cardiff
Whether youre coming to Cardiff for higher education, want to further your career with a professional qualification or learn English, youll be in good company. Join more than 30,000 students at three major universities in this exciting city. Its small and friendly, with a Big City feel as well being one of the best value places in the UK for students.

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Accommodation
All accommodation grades in this publication have been based on a set of common quality standards agreed by Visit Wales, Visit Britain, Visit Scotland and the AA. The star ratings reect the facilities and overall quality of the experience.

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The majority of the accommodation featured in this publication has been quality graded so you can make your choice in condence, knowing that each place to stay has been given a star grading according to the quality and facilities on offer. Star grades mean that you can be sure of standards and choose the accommodation thats just right for you. Visit Wales/AA are the only checking agents in Wales, checking out over 5,000 places. In the case of properties handled by self-catering agencies, the frequency between visits can be longer. STARS are your guide to quality. The Star Quality Grading Schemes apply to all types of accommodation: serviced hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast, farm accommodation, hostel/hostel type accommodation, self-catering cottages and apartments and caravan holiday home and touring/camping parks. Here are the quality ratings: Simple, practical, no frills Well presented and well run Good level of quality and comfort Excellent standard throughout  Exceptional, with a degree of luxury

Further detailed information on grading criteria and awards can be found at www.wales.gov.uk/tourism Also look out for that extra-special property that has been awarded Visit Wales Gold Award, given for exceptional standards of hospitality, comfort and food in serviced accommodation. Watch out for this sign as these places have achieved a Croeso Award in recognition of their exceptional Warm Welsh Welcome.

Please note: All gradings and awards were correct at the time of going to press. Occasionally, it may not have been possible to undertake a grading, in which case Awaiting Grading will appear within the listing. Grading assessments are on-going and improvements made by establishments may have resulted in a revision since publication. Please check when booking. Further information on gradings and awards is available from Visit Wales, Welsh Assembly Government, Rhodfa Padarn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3UR Tel: 0845 010 8020 Fax: 0300 062 2081 Email: quality.tourism@wales.gsi.gov.uk Please note, all rates quoted are guide prices and are subject to terms & conditions and availability.

For more information on individual accommodation and online bookings please go to www.visitcardiff.com.
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Hotels

Best Western Plus Maldron Hotel Cardiff


The Maldron Hotel Cardiff is the largest and newest hotel in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel is adjacent to Cardiff Central Train & Bus Stations and Mill Lane Restaurant Quarter. A short walk to the Millennium Stadium, John Lewis and Motorpoint Arena. It offers: 216 guest bedrooms Disabled access and rooms Stir Bar and Restaurant with great City views In-house tness room Complimentary WiFi throughout The hotel offers a business centre with 7 modern meeting rooms with built in AV Equipment, break out areas and an outdoor terrace.
Rooms /night from Single 59 Double/Twin 59

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Best Western Plus New House Country Hotel


The hotel is situated on the fringe of Cardiff, nestling amongst the Welsh hills, with unrivalled views over the city. The hotel has 37 bedrooms sumptuously furnished to the highest standard ensuring all modern comforts and facilities are provided, including free WiFi internet access. Sequoias restaurant offers a wide selection of local Welsh produce and international avours, delightfully combined for the most discerning guest. The hotel staff look forward to offering you a warm Welsh welcome.
Rooms /night from Single 84 Double/Twin 101

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St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1GD +44 (0)29 2066 8866 info.cardiff@maldronhotels.com | www.maldronhotelcardiffcity.com

Thornhill Road, Cardiff CF14 9UA +44 (0)29 2052 0280 enquiries@newhousehotel.com | www.newhousehotel.com

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Cardiff Marriott
Cardiffs premier 4 Star Hotel is located in the heart of the city in the vibrant Caf Quarter, close to St Davids shopping centre. The hotel has 184 luxury en-suite bedrooms including three prestigious suites and two Executive levels with an Executive lounge. Superb facilities include a well equipped leisure club and pool, on-site multi-storey car park, Chats Bar and Patio and the AA Rosette awarded restaurant, Brasserie Centrale. Use of the hotels extensive leisure facilities are complimentary to residents and an ideal way to unwind. The Cardiff Marriott is perfect for business or pleasure.
Rooms /night from Single 90 Double/Twin 90

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Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1EZ +44 (0)29 2039 9944 www.cardiffmarriott.co.uk

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Hilton Cardiff
The Hilton Cardiff has many reasons to tempt you to its Hotel. Situated in the heart of the City, all 197 bedrooms are air conditioned with spectacular views from the Presidential Suite and Executive oor. The Conference and Banqueting facilities accommodate 2-340 delegates with 7 air conditioned suites and a stunning ballroom. Enjoy a speciality coffee in Costa or a range of delicious cuisine in Razzi Restaurant or Metropole Lounge. The Livingwell Health Club consists of a sauna, steam room, fully equipped gym, swimming pool and beauty treatment facilities.
Rooms /night from Single 100 Double/Twin 109

Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre


Located between Cardiff Castle and Millennium Stadium, Holiday Inn Cardiff City is the ideal place to stay to explore the Welsh capital. Visit the modern shopping centre, local attractions or museums, all within walking distance of the hotel. Start the day with a delicious buffet breakfast, wind down after a busy day in our bar or restaurant and enjoy our carefully selected menus. Bedrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with a range of facilities, including high speed internet, large LCD TV and tea and coffee making facilities. Dont forget kids stay and eat free (conditions apply).
Rooms /night from Single 69 Double/Twin 75

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Kingsway, Greyfriars Road, Cardiff CF10 3HH +44 (0)29 2064 6300 reservations.cardiff@hilton.com | www.hilton.co.uk/cardiff

Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1XD +44 (0)871 942 9240 Reservations-cardiffcity@ihg.com | www.hicardiffcitycentre.co.uk

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Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay


Ideally located 10minutes from Cardiff city centre and Cardiff Bay, this modern hotel offers comfort and value so you can relax, recharge and face the day with a smile. The hotel boasts 87 refurbished bedrooms with modern dcor, invigorating power shower, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, work desk with direct dial telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, pay-per-view movies and comfort cooling. The hotel offers a free continental breakfast with selected hot items, ample on-site parking and 24-hour reception with a relaxed licensed bar and lounge area.
Rooms /night from Single 50.15 Double/Twin 50.15 Longueil Close, off Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4EE +44 (0)29 2044 9000 reservations@exhicardiff.co.uk | www.exhicardiff.co.uk

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Ibis Hotel Cardiff City Centre


The Ibis Cardiff Hotel boasts of an ideal location in Cardiff City Centre, the heart of the capital of Wales. The hotel is easily accessible; 10 minutes from Cardiff Central Station, 500m from Queen Street Station, and 20km from Cardiff Airport. A perfect location for Cardiff Castle, St Mary Street, Millennium Stadium or Motorpoint Arena. Book one of the 102 rooms featuring air cooling and broadband internet. Enjoy the bar, restaurant and 24 hour snack service. WiFi is also available. Discounted public pay parking nearby.
Rooms /night from Single 50 Double/Twin 50
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Churchill Way, Cardiff CF10 2HA +44 (0)29 2064 9250 H2936@accor.com | www.ibishotel.com

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Jolyons at No 10
Jolyons is an exquisite boutique hotel in the heart of Cardiff. The 21 individually designed lavish rooms, personal service and tastefully created menus are sure to impress. Everything at Jolyons at No. 10 is unmistakably boutique. The furnishings are bespoke, handmade and lovingly restored to create a warm, comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Jolyons location is perfect its only a stone throw away from the City Centre and its main attractions, such as the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Museum. New restaurant being built in 2013.
Rooms /night from Single 60 Double/Twin 79 Suite 99 Jolyons at No 10, 10 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LJ +44 (0)29 2009 1900 (option 2) reception.city@jolyons.co.uk | www.jolyons10.com

Jolyons at the Bay


This premier Cardiff Hotel offers superb luxury accommodation in Cardiff opposite the Wales Millennium Centre. Since its opening in October 2004 Jolyons Hotel has proved to be a very popular addition to this vibrant area of Cardiff. Jolyons includes an award winning restaurant and makes traditional Welsh breakfasts available to all its guests. The Jolyons Boutique Hotel Cardiff has six individually-designed bedrooms, lavishly furnished, with king-sized beds, WiFi facilities, freeto-view television, and beverages, some with views of Cardiff Bay.
Rooms /night from Single 60 Deluxe 79

Jolyons at the Bay, 5 Bute Crescent, Cardiff Bay CF10 5AN +44 (0)29 2009 1900 (option 1) www.jolyons.co.uk | reception.bay@jolyons.co.uk

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Legacy Cardiff International Hotel


The hotel is situated just off J32 of the M4, near the village of Tongwynlais. Business guests can make use of the Banqueting, Meeting and Training rooms. Free onsite parking and complimentary WiFi access is available throughout the hotel. The Hillside Restaurant and the Valley Lounge Bar serve a wide selection of meals and international beers, wines and other beverages.

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Lincoln House Hotel


Victorian splendor! Built in 1900, The Lincoln has retained its original features and relaxing atmosphere. The bedrooms are individually decorated and furnished to a high standard and equipped with all facilities required by todays guests. A deluxe 2 bedroom apartment is also available. Relax in the lounge bar or reading lounge, or enjoy a short walk through the Castle grounds to the city centre, Museum and sporting stadia. A full Welsh breakfast, car parking and WiFi are all inclusive in the price.
Rooms /night from Single 60 Double/Twin 80

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Mercure Cardiff Centre


Mercure Cardiff Centre is located close to Cardiff City Centre and Cardiff Bay. Just 20 minute walk to Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and The Red Dragon Centre. You can enjoy breakfast, a light meal or relax with a drink in the bar were you can access WiFi for free. Twin/family rooms accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Easy access from the M4 and 5 minutes taxi ride from Cardiff Train Station.

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118-120 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LQ +44 (0)29 2039 5558 reservations@lincolnhotel.co.uk | www.lincolnhotel.co.uk

Wharf Road East, Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BB +44 (0)29 2089 4000 H6623@accor.com | www.mercure-uk.com

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Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa


A 4 star luxury hotel in the centre of Cardiff, minutes away from the cosmopolitan shopping area, the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff Bay and many other attractions. The hotel features 165 luxury bedrooms with ve Suites. Hodges Restaurant and Bar offers a wide selection of dishes using the nest locally sourced produce. The Spa Naturel Leisure Club features a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, whirl pool and 14 Spa treatment rooms. The hotel has 17 air conditioned meeting rooms suitable for conferences, events and weddings from 2 to 700.
Rooms /night from Single 80 Double/Twin 90

Miskin Manor Hotel & Health Club


If youre looking for a hotel with a difference, Miskin Manor Hotel, Cardiff, is a Grade II listed, AA 4 star hotel set in 25 acres of incredible gardens and grounds. The manor is one of the most beautiful, decadent country house hotels Wales can offer and provides its guests with a beautifully warm & friendly welcome to Wales. Miskin Manor really is a hidden gem of a hotel and is open for non residents all year for lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.

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24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0DD +44 (0)29 2043 5000 h6622@accor.com | www.mercure.com

Pendoylan Road, Miskin, Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF72 8ND +44 (0))1443 224204 reservations@miskin-manor.co.uk | www.miskin-manor.co.uk

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Novotel Cardiff Centre


Novotel Cardiff Centre is a 4 star hotel located 10 minutes by foot from the train station, the city centre and 15 minutes from Cardiff Bay. The building retains many of its Victorian features. All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, radio, pay movies, internet access, WiFi, and are furnished with queen size beds, a sofa-bed or armchair. Elements Restaurant and Bar offers a wide range of international dishes, cocktails and beers. The hotel has a refurbished leisure club with indoor heated swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Rooms /night from Single 75 Double/Twin 75

Parc Hotel by Thistle


Victorian exterior and contemporary interiors make for a perfect combination of styles. All bedrooms are modern and superbly appointed with airconditioning, at screen TV, WiFi, laptop safe, power shower and along with the excellent service make The Parc an ideal place to stay. The Social Restaurant delivers quality food and great value fusing world tastes with contemporary avours, while the more informal Harlech Lounge is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail after a hard day at work or with friends and family.
Rooms /night from Single 85 Double/Twin 95

Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4RT +44 (0)29 2047 5000 H5982@accor.com | www.novotel.com

Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3UD +44 (0)871 376 9011 reservations.cardiff@thistle.co.uk | www.thistlehotels.com/theparc

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Hotels

Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff City Centre


The hotel is located opposite John Lewis and the Motorpoint Arena in the heart of the city. There is onsite parking available and excellent public transport links. The hotel offers 146 quiet rooms with free tea/ coffee facilities, full length mirrors, power showers, room service and more. Plus WiFi throughout. The funky RBG is the ideal place to relax with contemporary cocktails and private rooms.

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Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff North


This spacious and modern hotel is conveniently located close to the M4, just 3 miles from Cardiff city centre. It is accessible by public transport and has extensive free car parking for guests. All 132 bedrooms are extremely comfortable with large bathrooms with double rainfall showers. RBG Restaurant offers a great dining experience whilst the less formal lounge bar offers light dining throughout the day and evening. The hotel offers a tness suite and therapy room and has WiFi and air-conditioning throughout.
Rooms /night from Single 55 Double/Twin 55

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Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH +44 (0)29 2034 1441 info.cardiff-city@rezidorparkinn.com | www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-cardiff

Circle Way East, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff CF23 9XF +44 (0)29 2058 9988 reservations.cardiff@rezidorparkinn.com | www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-cardiffnorth

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Park Plaza
Award winning 4 star deluxe contemporary styled hotel perfectly located in the heart of Cardiff city centre. 129 ensuite bedrooms with free WiFi throughout. The hotel restaurant, Laguna Kitchen and Bar, winner of South Wales Restaurant of the Year, serves traditional Welsh and British classics using the freshest and nest local produce. Unwind in the hotels Spa with 20m indoor heated pool, spa bath, feature steam room, gym and 8 beauty rooms. 11 air conditioned function rooms and private Kuku Club suitable for conferences, events and weddings. Discount on all parking at NCP opposite hotel.
Rooms /night from Single 90 Double/Twin 100

Radisson Blu Hotel Cardiff


Situated in a futuristic skyscraper the Radisson Blu is Cardiffs tallest hotel. The hotel boasts 215 stylish, ultramodern rooms which have been designed in three themes, fashion, chic and freshranging from warm, contemporary and classic to daring and unconventional, each with oor to ceiling windows offering breathtaking views overlooking the city. Situated in the city centre, the hotel is in close proximity to the capitals tourist attractions, bars, cafs and the St. Davids shopping development. Suitable for both leisure and business guests staying in Wales capital city.
Rooms /night from Single 85 Double/Twin 95

Greyfriars Road, Cardiff CF10 3AL +44 (0)29 2011 1111 ppcres@parkplazahotels.co.uk | www.parkplazacardiff.com

Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL +44 (0)29 2045 4777 reservations.cardiff@radissonblu.com | www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-cardiff

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Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff


Cool limestone exterior, modern stylish interior, 73 beautifully designed air conditioned bedrooms, amazingly comfortable beds, invigorating wet rooms, oor to ceiling windows, superb sound proong and only a minutes walk from Cardiff Central Station. A cooked breakfast, great coffee or the all day menu can be enjoyed in the caf/ breakfast area, or you can relax on comfy leather sofas with a drink in the bar and lounge. Free WiFi, free UK calls, friendly service and rates that are always a pleasant surprise.
Rooms /night from Single 55 Double/Twin 55

The Angel Hotel


The Cardiff Angel Hotel is a stunning Victorian property in the city centre, situated near two famous landmarks Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium. Bedrooms at this four star property echo this modern and traditional style, all rooms are light and airy with air-conditioning, WiFi access, digital televisions and stylish furnishings. Castells Restaurant serves a great selection of dishes or you can enjoy a light lunch or afternoon tea in the lounge and bar. Easy to reach by train or car, with parking onsite.
Rooms /night from Single 67.50 Double/Twin 75

Station Approach, Saunders Road, Cardiff CF10 1RH +44 (0)29 2047 8747 reservations@sleeperzcardiff.com | www.sleeperz.com

Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1SZ +44 (0)29 2064 9200 angel.reception@pumahotels.co.uk | www.pumahotels.co.uk

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The Royal Hotel


Built in 1866, the Royal Hotel Cardiff is the citys oldest Hotel and boasts one of its best locations. The 60 bedrooms are contemporary in style with the latest technology including air conditioning, 32-50 inch LCD TVs with Freeview, free WiFi and laptop safes. Relax in Fitzs Bar with a selection of hot snacks and made to order cocktails. Situated in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Cardiffs famous St Mary Street, the hotel is ideal for St Davids shopping centre and sporting and music events at the Millennium Stadium.
Rooms /night from Single 45 Double/Twin 49

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The Sandringham Hotel


In the heart of Cardiff city centre, close to all that the city has to offer, this well-established, familyrun hotel offers good service, a friendly atmosphere and generous cooked breakfasts. The hotels excellent central location makes it a convenient base for exploring this vibrant city. All of Cardiffs shops, restaurants, cafs, shopping centres and bars are nearby. The Millennium Stadium, Motorpoint Arena and other city centre attractions are also within easy walking distance. Comfortable en suite accommodation at great value rates.
Rooms /night from Single 35 Double/Twin 45

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88 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1DW +44 (0)29 2055 0755 res.theroyalhotelcardiff@bespokehotels.com | www.royalhotelcardiff.com

21 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1PL +44 (0)29 2023 2161 mm@sandringham-hotel.com | www.sandringham-hotel.com

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The St Davids Hotel & Spa


Situated on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay, the St. Davids Hotel & Spa creates a striking landmark. The ve-star hotel provides the very highest level of service and the ultimate in comfort. With its dedicated conference centre, award winning Marine Spa facilities and the Tempus at Tides Restaurant & Bar, the St Davids Hotel continues to guarantee its position as one of the leading hotels in Wales.

Vale Resort
For a four star hotel and leisure experience nothing short of special, the Vale Resort will not disappoint. Boasting Wales largest spa and two championship golf courses, the Vale Resort and its 143 bedroom hotel, encompasses award-winning restaurants and top of the range leisure, golng, spa and conferencing facilities. Situated three minutes off junction 34 of the M4 and just 15 minutes from Cardiff city centre in over 650 acres of beautiful countryside, the Vale Resort is perfectly positioned to offer something for everyone.
Rooms /night from Single 70 Double/Twin 70

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Havannah Street, Cardiff CF10 5SD +44 (0)29 2045 4045 stdavids.reservations@principal-hayley.com | www.thestdavidshotel.com

Hensol Park, Hensol, Near Cardiff CF72 8JY +44 (0)1443 667800 reservations@vale-hotel.com | www.vale-hotel.com

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Whether you're looking for a luxurious five-star hotel, cosy guest house or a room on a budget, Cardiff has plenty of choice. Enjoy waterfront views in Cardiff Bay, city living in a chic apartment or relax in a country hotel. To find out more go to www.visitcardiff.com or download our Official Visit Cardiff City Guide app. Just visit the app store and search Visit Cardiff.

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B&Bs

Brecon Lodge B&B


Brecon Lodge, a delightful 1870s Victorian residence, in a quiet Conservation Area, near Cardiff Bay and overlooking Penarth Pier. Adequate car parking, minutes from ne restaurants and friendly pubs. Frequent buses run direct to the Millennium Stadium and City Centre. Three delightful bedrooms, en-suite or with private bathroom, each individually furnished. Brecon Lodge is a traditional family residence where you are treated as the owners personal guests. From your arrival to waving goodbye, you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome.
Rooms /night from Single 50 Double/Twin 70

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Hotel One Hundred


Hotel One Hundred is a boutique bed and breakfast offering luxury accommodation in Cardiff. The hotel is perfect for an intimate, special couple of days in Cardiff. All rooms are individually designed with contemporary ensuites and sumptuous furnishings. Free breakfast, WiFi internet and parking. In 2011 Hotel One Hundred was named one of the top 20 boutique B&Bs in the world by the Guardian newspaper.
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6 Kymin Terrace, Penarth, Cardiff CF64 1WW +44 (0)29 2070 2111 info@breconlodge.co.uk | www.breconlodge.co.uk

100 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 1DG +44 (0)7916 888423 info@hotelonehundred.com | www.hotelonehundred.com

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Llanerch Vineyard
Llanerch Vineyard is situated in the picturesque Vale of Glamorgan yet only 15 minutes from the centre of Cardiff. Bed & breakfast at Llanerch is provided in the main farmhouse or in studio rooms especially created from the old winery buildings. Guests are able to enjoy walks through the vineyards and woodland and have a wine tasting. An ideal location to stay when visiting Cardiff, and with easy motorway access Llanerch Vineyard is a suitable location for touring all of South Wales.

New Farm
A working mixed farm of 600 acres close to the city and coast ideal for exploring the many sites, walks, attractions and beaches. Enjoy a true farm breakfast in a 17th Century Oak beamed dining room, listen to the busy yard banter and witness the daily work activities. Located only 20 minutes from Cardiff and 5 minutes from Cardiff Airport, served well by bus (5 minutes from gate) and train station park and ride (5 minutes by car).

Rooms /night from Single 65 Double 75 Suite 185 Hensol Road, Hensol CF72 8GG +44 (0)1443 222716 info@llanerch-vineyard.co.uk | www.llanerch-vineyard.co.uk

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Port Road West, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3BT +44 (0)1446 735 536 sarahardy_newfarm@hotmail.com | www.newfarmbarry.co.uk

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Penrhys Hotel
The Penrhys Hotel has many years of experience in the bed and breakfast industry and provides clean, affordable accommodation. Ideally situated with walking distance of the centre of Cardiff. The prime objective is to provide guests the highest levels of hospitality. All rooms are en suite, have LCD atscreen televisions with freeview and complimentary hospitality trays. The main dining room is tted in a Victorian style reecting the buildings age and history. The price includes a full Welsh breakfast. There is a large free secure car park for guests to use and WiFi internet connection.
Rooms /night from Single 25 Double/Twin 30

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guest Houses

Always the Town House


The Town House is a truly cosmopolitan place to stay. Its reputation as the best B&B in Cardiff has spread far and wide, attracting guests from London to Los Angeles, not to mention Welsh visitors to their own Capital city, tired of anonymous chain hotels. This Guest House of distinction is handily located for the city centre and all local attractions. It is a tall typically Victorian building with a richly decorated hallway which contrasts with the simpler style of the neat well equipped bedrooms.

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Austins Guest House


Austins Guest House is a small friendly B&B in the city centre 300m from the Castle and overlooking the river. Located ten minutes walk along the riverbank from Cardiff Central bus and train station, all the central attractions, including the Millennium Stadium and Motorpoint Arena, are just a few minutes walk away. En-suite rooms available and free parking. A warm welcome to all nationalities.

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Rooms /night from Single 49.50 Double/Twin 69.50 70 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9LL +44 (0)29 2023 9399 thetownhouse@msn.com | www.thetownhousecardiff.co.uk

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11 Coldstream Terrace, City Centre, Cardiff CF11 6LJ +44 (0)29 2037 7148 austins@hotelcardiff.com | www.hotelcardiff.com

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Avala Guest House


The Avala Guesthouse is a large Victorian building, graded a 3 star Guesthouse by Visit Wales and is within walking distance of Cardiff city centre. All rooms are ensuite with LCD televisions and FreeView as well as complimentary tea & coffee making facilities. Parking is available and the Avala is on a main bus route to the city centre.

Avenue Guest House


Welcome to the Avenue Guest House, a relaxed family run property where you will feel as if youre home from home. A stunning Victorian town house situated along a very pretty tree lined street with cafs, restaurants and pubs. If you are looking for a livelier atmosphere, the city centre hosts a variety of amenities including bars, restaurants and theatres. Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and National Museum are in the city centre and well worth a visit, with Cardiff Bay and Wales Millennium Centre less than 5 miles away.
Rooms /night from Single 35 Double/Twin 50

Rooms /night from Single 39.95 Double/Twin 49.95 156 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 1DJ +44 (0)29 2048 1412 enquiries@theavala.co.uk | www.theavala.co.uk

163 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9PL +44 (0)29 2023 2855 / +44(0)7866 524228 collette@theavenueguesthouse.com | www.theavenueguesthouse.com

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Bryn-y-Ddafad Country Guest House
Come to Bryn-y-Ddafad for a truly Welsh experience you will never forget. Discover this magical corner of Wales, a mixture of past and present, coast and countryside within easy reach of Cardiff. Relax in luxurious eco friendly accommodation set in a peaceful, rural location and taste the scrumptious Welsh breakfast. Guest lounge, off road parking and free WiFi. Ground oor annex with self catering option. Lovely N.G.S. approved garden. Visit the website for availability and special offers where you may book on-line.
Rooms /night from Single 45 Double 70 Suite 85 Welsh Saint Donats, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan CF71 7ST +44 (0)1446 774 451 enquiries@bydd.co.uk | www.bydd.co.uk
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Church Guest House


Welcome to the Church Guest House, one of the most popular establishments on Cathedral Road. The Guest House is a Victorian property tastefully refurbished and it is ideally located for visitors to Cardiff whatever the reason, business or pleasure. The staff are happy to suggest places of interest to visit to enhance your stay in Wales. The guest house offers a selection of cosy ensuite rooms for families and couples alike offering a quiet, relaxing stay for all guests. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

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109 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9PH +44 (0)29 2034 0881 enquiries@churchguesthouse.co.uk | www.churchguesthouse.co.uk

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SELF CATERING & ApartMents

A Space in the City


A Space in the City is Wales largest provider of Serviced Apartments. Chosen for their prime locations, these luxury apartments are ideal for both business and leisure breaks. The apartments are spacious, modern and fully self-contained. Separate bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens ensure a true home-fromhome atmosphere. Weekly cleaning is included, along with a change of all linens. All apartments now have FREE, business grade WiFi and many have waterside views and on-site leisure facilities (swimming pool, gym etc). Studios (lower image) to 3-beds available. Map location is head ofce.
Apartment /unit from Per night 60 Per week 420 18 Harrowby Lane, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5GN +44 (0)29 2009 9889 info@aspaceinthecity.co.uk | www.aspaceinthecity.co.uk

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Cardiff Metropolitan University


Cardiff Metropolitan University offers quality student accommodation at very reasonable rates. Single en-suite bedrooms are available with shared kitchen/social area, freeview TV and WiFi at no additional charge. Within easy reach of Cardiff City centre the campus has excellent links to public transport and ample car parking available. Ideal for individual travellers and groups visiting Cardiff and the surrounding areas. The facilities can be booked from the end of June until mid-September.
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Plas Gwyn Halls, Llantrisant Road, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2XJ +44 (0)29 2041 6181/2 conferenceservices@cardiffmet.ac.uk | www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/conferences

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Cardiff University
Cardiff University provides sole occupancy en suite accommodation at a number of venues in the heart of the city, close to all the tourist attractions. Accommodation is available during the summer holidays, (21 June-12 September 2013 inclusive). Please ask about breakfast availability when you make your enquiry. All rooms are provided with bed linen and towels. Tea/coffee making facilities are available either in the bedroom or in the fully equipped kitchen. Cardiff University provides comfortable and affordable accommodation at ideal locations.
Rooms /night from Single 24.36 Double/Twin 40.59 Conference Ofce, Southgate House, PO Box 533, Cardiff CF14 3XZ +44 (0)29 2087 4616/4702 groupaccom@cardiff.ac.uk | www.cardiff.ac.uk/conferences

Crossways Manor Apartments


Crossways Manor House in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, just 12 miles from Cardiff. 2 exceptional self catering apartments. The Manor Apt, 2000+ sq feet, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 1-10. Disabled access. Direct access to the gardens. The Princes Apt, 1st oor, very spacious with 3 bedrooms, sleeps 1-9. This can also be let as 1 or 2 bedroom unit. The Heritage Coast is a short drive away, Cowbridge, a delightful market town, 1 mile. 2 pub/restaurants within an easy stroll. Large grounds, BBQ, Pets welcome, tennis court. WiFi. Short breaks available.
Apartment /unit from Per week 395-795 Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Near Cardiff CF71 7LJ +44 (0)1446 773 171 info@crosswayshouse.co.uk | www.crosswayshouse.co.uk

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Liberty Living at Cambrian Point


Liberty Living at Cambrian Point is in close proximity to the citys higher educational establishments including Cardiff University (CU). Located on Maindy Road in the popular Cathays area, Liberty Living at Cambrian Point is within easy reach of all local amenities and transport links, including Cathays railway station. The close proximity to the town centre allows residents to participate fully in the citys diverse culture and exciting social scene. Rooms available 1st July 1st September 2013.
Rooms /week from Single 93 Double/Twin 100

Liberty Living at Liberty Bridge


Liberty Living at Liberty Bridge is in close proximity to Cardiff University, University of Glamorgan ATRiuM and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Located on Pellet Street in the city centre, the residence is within easy reach of all local amenities and transport links, including Cardiff Central station. Offering 558 Single and 71 Premium study bedrooms plus 14 Studio apartments; all fully tted to a high standard, including en-suite bathroom plus data points for high-speed Internet access. All study bedrooms share a fully tted kitchen and living area. Rooms available 1st July 1st September 2013.
Rooms /week from Single 93.50

Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff CF24 4HJ +44 (0)29 2022 7615 libertycambrianpoint@libertyliving.co.uk | www.libertyliving.co.uk

Pellet Street, Cardiff CF10 4FS +44 (0)29 2049 8148 libertybridge-cardiff@libertyliving.co.uk | www.libertyliving.co.uk

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Liberty Living at Liberty Park


Liberty Living at Liberty Park is in close proximity to Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Glamorgan ATRiuM. Located on Pendyris Street in the heart of the city centre, its within easy reach of all local amenities and transport links, including Cardiff Central station. Offering 331 Single study bedrooms and 3 Studio apartments; all are fully tted to a high standard, including en-suite bathroom plus data points for high-speed Internet access. All study bedrooms share a fully tted kitchen and living area. Rooms available 1st July 1st September 2013.
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Llanerch Vineyard
The self catering accommodation is in superbly appointed cottages, attractively converted from the original 19th Century stable block and contain every facility to ensure your comfort and convenience. Guests are able to enjoy walks through the vineyards and woodland and have a wine tasting. An ideal location to stay when visiting Cardiff, and with easy motorway access Llanerch Vineyard is a suitable location for touring all of South Wales.

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Pendyris Street, Cardiff CF11 6YY +44 (0)29 2023 2186 libertypark-cardiff@libertyliving.co.uk | www.libertyliving.co.uk

Hensol Road, Hensol CF72 8GG +44 (0)1443 222716 info@llanerch-vineyard.co.uk | www.llanerch-vineyard.co.uk

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Parc-Coed-Machen Country Cottages


Parc-Coed-Machen Country Cottages are superior centrally heated properties in a courtyard of converted farm buildings in beautiful rural surroundings only fteen minutes from Cardiff City Centre.They consist of one three bedroom house and four two bedroom single storey cottages. All have individual parking. An additional bed, cot and high chair can be provided. All living rooms are fully furnished and the kitchens fully equipped. All bedding is provided. The laundry room has full facilities. Two cottages are classied as suitable for disabled guests with assistance.
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SACO Cardiff
SACO Cardiff Serviced Apartments offer the convenience of a hotel, but with more space, facilities and freedom. The apartments are conveniently located a few minutes from Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium and Cardiffs city centre. This stunning restoration of Victorian town houses features one and two bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, ensuite master bedrooms, living/dining areas, luxurious bathrooms, easy broadband connectivity and private car parking.
Rooms /night from Per night 75 Per week 525 76 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9LN +44 (0)1179 706999 info@sacoapartments.com | www.sacoapartments.com/cardiff

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Victoria Hall
High quality, modern student accommodation. Victoria Hall has a city centre location close to all the main tourist areas and university campuses. Accommodation is available throughout the summer in single and double rooms or full ats. There are 40 ats each with 3-6 bedrooms. Each has a fully tted kitchen and a comfortable lounge with Sky TV. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower/ toilet room as well as a modem connection point. The campus also has a 24 hour staffed security service.
Rooms /night from Single 30 Double/Twin 40

Official iPhone app


Download our official Cardiff iPhone app. Search for things to do, places to eat & drink, where to stay and whats on. Just visit the app store and search Visit Cardiff

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CAMPING AND HOSTELS

Cardiff Caravan Park


Few sites can match the unique location of Cardiff Caravan Park, situated in beautiful parkland in the heart of the city. Despite its central location, the site feels almost rural, so its easy to forget that the city centre is just a short walk away and the waterfront attractions of Cardiff Bay are within easy reach by road or water bus. With restaurants and bars close by, it makes the perfect base from which to enjoy Cardiffs many attractions and events all year round.

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Nomad Backpackers
Nomad brings a new level of comfort and security to the hostel experience. Situated in the heart of the city, Nomad offers a wide range of free services, including a fully equipped kitchen, shower, TV room with DVD library, breakfast, tea & coffee all day, morning papers, free wireless broadband connection and ironing facilities everything you need to make your trip safe, comfortable and enjoyable! If this isnt enough, make use of the conservatory bar where you can play pool or poker with a beer.
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Pontcanna Fields, Off Sophia Close, Cardiff CF11 9XR +44 (0)29 2039 8362 cardiffcaravanpark@cardiff.gov.uk | www.cardiff.gov.uk/caravanpark

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NosDa Studio Hostel


Cardiffs original independent hostel has been completely refurbished with tasteful modern design whilst maintaining the charm of the original 19th century building. NosDa combines experience, style & comfort with affordable prices. Located on the banks of the River Taff and in the shadow of the iconic Millennium Stadium, NosDa is the ideal base for exploring the city. Proud to be one of Europes Famous Hostels we ensure our service is second to none, standards are high and our hostel is impeccably clean.
Rooms /night from Dorm 20.50 Single 32 Double/Twin 46 53-59 Despenser Street, Riverside, Cardiff CF11 6AG +44 (0)29 2037 8866 info@nosda.co.uk | www.nosda.co.uk

The Bunkhouse
The Bunkhouse is Cardiffs newest and most central backpackers with beds from only 15 per night. Supplying you with everything you need for a brilliant time in the Welsh capital, The Bunkhouse can above all offer security, cleanliness and comfort so you get a great nights sleep.

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Visitor Guide Questionnaire


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Take your pick introducing Wales Holiday Areas


Cardiff is just one of the Holiday Areas within Wales. Each area has its own distinct character.

The Isle of Anglesey Anglesey offers unparalleled beauty, amazing adventures, serious solitude and a warm welcome. Easily accessible; this unique island, with its coastline, varied beaches and historical towns make it a superb base for all the family. Those that have visited need not be told. They just return +44 (0)1248 713177 anglesey@nwtic.com www.visitanglesey.co.uk Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Vibrant Llandudno, the Victorian seaside gem with a history that goes back to the Bronze Age. World Heritage Conwy with its rich maritime past. Waterfront adventure in Colwyn Bay. Year round breaks, lled with family fun, good food, great walking, world-class theatre and a full calendar of exciting events. All within easy reach of Snowdonia. +44 (0)1492 577577 llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk www.visitllandudno.org.uk Rhyl and Prestatyn Among the best recognised British seaside resorts. Fabulous award-winning beaches with a range of family friendly attractions, events and activities. Walk the Offas Dyke path in Prestatyn. An hours drive from Merseyside and the West Midlands.
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+44 (0)1745 344515 / +44 (0)1745 355068 rhyl.tic@denbighshire.gov.uk www.visitrhylandprestatyn.com The North Wales Borderlands Short journey: very different place. Less than 20 minutes from Chester, were just a short journey from the North West and the West Midlands. From the bustling shops and nightlife of Wrexham to the culinary delights of the Mold Food and Drink Festival to the worldfamous Llangollen International Eisteddfod. One hundred percent Wales on your doorstep! +44 (0)1978 292015 tourism@wrexham.gov.uk www.northwalesborderlands.co.uk Snowdonia Mountains and Coast The outdoor adventure playground of North Wales that includes the Snowdonia National Park, Ll yn Peninsula and Cambrian Coastline. A wide choice of quality accommodation, attractions and activities castles, narrowgauge railways, golf, cycling, walking, award winning beaches, country parks, coastal path, World Heritage Site, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coast. +44 (0)1341 281485 tourism@gwynedd.gov.uk www.visitsnowdonia.info

Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons Step into fabulous walking country right on your doorstep. Two National Trails and a National Park, charming spa and market towns and outdoor pursuits in outstanding scenery. Home to Hay Literary Festival and Brecon Jazz, events throughout the year make this a destination for all seasons. +44 (0)1874 622485 tourism@powys.gov.uk www.exploremidwales.com Ceredigion Cardigan Bay & the Cambrian Mountains Some of the UKs best coast and countryside to explore on foot or horseback, by bike or boat. Natural beauty from dolphins and red kites to waterfalls, woods and open moors. Enjoy good food, traditional festivals and unique events as well as award winning beaches and resorts, including colourful Aberaeron harbour and Aberystwyth, the cultural capital of Wales. +44 (0)1970 612125 brochure@ceredigion.gov.uk www.discoverceredigion.co.uk Pembrokeshire Britains Only Coastal National Park Rated by National Geographic magazine experts as the second best coastline in the world. With 186 miles of magnicent and

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varied coastline and over 50 beaches, theres plenty of space for everyone. Choose between lively Tenby and Saundersfoot or peaceful St Davids and Newport. Perfect for outdoor activities or just relaxing. +44 (0)844 888 5115 tourism@pembrokeshire.gov.uk www.visitpembrokeshire.com Carmarthenshire Carmarthen Bay Stretching from Carmarthen Bay in the South to the Western Brecon Beacons in the North, discover Wales longest beaches, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, the home of Merlin the magician plus Laugharne, Llandeilo, Carmarthen, Kidwelly, Pendine, Llandovery & the Tei & Towy Valleys. Perfect shing, cycling & walking. +44 (0)1267 231557 marketing@carmarthenshire.gov.uk www.discovercarmarthenshire.com Swansea Bay Mumbles, Gower, Afan and the Vale of Neath Unwind in the UKs rst Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, relax on award-winning beaches, and explore unspoilt countryside. Visit some of the UKs best locations for walking, cycling, watersports and golf, together with Swansea, Wales Waterfront City, home to Wales rst Premier League football team. +44 (0)1792 468321 tourism@swansea.gov.uk www.visitswanseabay.com

The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales A stunning landscape perfect for walking, cycling and many other outdoor activities. The Valleys has a unique history, including a World Heritage Site, Wales largest castle and Big Pit, the real coal mine attraction. For a true Welsh experience, visit The Valleys, the heart and soul of Wales. +44 (0)29 2088 0011 tourism@caerphilly.gov.uk www.thevalleys.co.uk The Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Countryside The dramatic Heritage Coast and popular resorts of Barry Island and Porthcawl are fringed by lovely Vale and Bridgend countryside and green hills. Discover the special character of an area steeped in history and its close to Cardiff, Wales cosmopolitan capital. +44 (0)1446 704867 +44 (0)1656 786639 tourism@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/ tourism@bridgend.gov.uk www.visitthevale.com/ www.bridgendbites.com The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk Brecon Beacons, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Blaenavon World Heritage Site and Celtic Manor Resort. Explore bustling market towns, formidable castles, Roman towns, and magnicent gardens. Busy bees, real ales, artisan producers, Michelin stars and Abergavenny and Newport Food

Festivals help to make this the food capital of Wales. All you need for a proper holiday! +44 (0)1291 623772 tourism@monmouthshire.gov.uk www.visitwyevalley.com

Activities for all


Wales is the UKs activity capital. Find out more with the help of these FREE actionpacked guides and take a look at the websites. Fishing With endless coastline and countless rivers and lakes its no wonder Wales is an anglers paradise. www.shing.visitwales.com Golf Wales The secrets out! More and more players are discovering and thoroughly enjoying Golf as it should be in Wales. www.golfasitshouldbe.com

Visit Wales Holiday guides


For FREE copies of any THREE Holiday Area brochures, please tick the appropriate boxes and send to: Visit Wales, Dept N12, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN The Isle of Anglesey Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Rhyl & Prestatyn The North Wales Borderlands Snowdonia Mountains & Coast/  Eryri Mynyddoedd a Mr Mid Wales & the Brecon Beacons Ceredigion Cardigan Bay and the  Cambrian Mountains Pembrokeshire Carmarthenshire the Garden of Wales Swansea Bay, Mumbles, Gower, Afan &  the Vale of Neath The Valleys Heart and Soul of Wales The Glamorgan Heritage Coast &  Countryside

Visit Wales Activity Guides


For FREE copies of any of the activity guides please tick the appropriate boxes and send to: Visit Wales, Dept P12, PO Box 1, Cardiff CF24 2XN Fishing Wales Golf Wales Name (please print):
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Getting here

From Cardiff Airport


Cardiff Airport is 12 miles west of the city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4. The airport has direct ights to over 50 destinations and connecting ights to over 800 destinations worldwide. Visit www. tbicardiffairport.com for details. Airlines operating from Cardiff include KLM, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Vueling, Helvetic Airways, Thomson and Thomas Cook. Getting from Cardiff Airport Trains run between the Airport and Cardiff Central station and Bridgend every hour, with a shuttle bus linking the Airport station to the terminal. Cardiff Bus operates the X91service between Cardiff Airport and Cardiff Central station every 2 hours during the day, 7 days a week. Visit www.cardiffbus.com for details. Other UK airports Bristol International Airport is only 1 hour away by car with routes direct from the US as well as ights from within the UK and
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Europe. From March 2013, Greyhound coach services will provide a link to and from Cardiff to Bristol Airport. Birmingham, Manchester and London Airports are also all easily accessible from Cardiff.

From the rest of the UK


By road Cardiff is easily accessible via the M4 motorway, which runs through the north of the city, making London a comfortable drive away. From the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland it is a straightforward drive via the M6, M5 and M50/M4. From the South and South West of England the approach is by M5 and M4. Access from West Wales is by M4. By rail Cardiff has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton. The journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes.

By coach Cardiff bus station is located adjacent to Cardiff Central Station and is the central hub for buses and coaches arriving from outside Cardiff. You can travel to Cardiff by National Express Coach from most UK cities. There are also Megabus routes into Cardiff from London, Swansea, Birmingham Airport, Manchester and Newcastle. The Megabus stops at Kingsway, just opposite the Hilton Hotel. (Map 2/g3) By sea For those travelling from mainland Europe there is a choice of entry points to the UK served by many ferry companies. You can travel by ferry from France, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark to Southern England. If you are travelling from Ireland, ferries link directly to North and West Wales. UK Ferry ports link with the national motorway system to provide easy access to Cardiff.

GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND

Getting around
Cardiff is a very compact city and can easily be explored on foot, with the majority of attractions, shops, restaurants and hotels all within a few minutes of each other. Many areas of the city centre are pedestrianised and there are a number of trafc-free footpaths including the Taff Trail.
By taxi There are several taxi ranks located around the city including Cardiff Central Station, Wood Street, Greyfriars Road, Churchill Way, St Mary Street and Mill Lane. The city has both Hackney carriage and private hire taxis. Hackney carriages can be hailed at the roadside but private hire taxis must be prebooked. You can nd details of Private hire Taxi rms on www.visitcardiff.com/taxis By bus Cardiff Bus runs an extensive system throughout Cardiff and the local area, travelling to Penarth, Barry and Cardiff Airport. Within the city centre, most buses move around the city in an anti-clockwise direction. Please note that exact change is required on Cardiff buses. A regular bendy bus service connects the city centre with Cardiff Bay. For the latest information and fares go to www. cardiffbus.com. Stagecoach run services to surrounding areas such as Caerphilly, Tongwynlais and the Valleys. Newport Bus run services to Newport. By train Regular trains run from Cardiffs Queen Street station to Cardiff Bay and city stops including Cathays, Ninian Park and Llandaff North. Trains from Cardiff central station link to the Valleys and Vale of Glamorgan as well as high speed links to London and other cities in the UK. By car Numerous pay and display and multi-storey car parks are available in the city centre. The St Davids Shopping Centre has 24 hour onsite parking with over 2000 spaces. Cardiff has Park & Ride services to the east, south and west of the city with additional services operating during major events. By bike Cardiff is very at and easily negotiated by bike. Youll nd plenty of bike racks around the city centre and cycle paths like the Taff Trail provide trafc-free routes. For bike hire in the city, contact Pedal Power. Mobility Assistance City Centre Mobility Assistance is an electric vehicle scheme for those who need help accessing the city centre. The vehicles can carry up to 3 passengers each and travel around the city centre on a exible route, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm. Flag down a vehicle and get a lift or book a vehicle in advance on +44(0)29 2087 3888.

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Maps
Cardiff is a compact city and is very easy to get around. Here youll nd maps of the city region, city centre and Cardiff Bay.
Map references for individual products can be found within their listings, pages 27-63. For downloadable maps go to www.visitcardiff.com or scan the QR codes. Once you arrive you can also pick up a visitors map, available at Cardiff Tourist Information Centre.
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