A city brimming with business opportunity, the potential for continued economic prosperity and leisurely activities, Cardiff rightly ranks amongst the most favourable locations to visit in the UK. Better yet, there’s an abundance of available serviced apartments in Cardiff, meaning that visits to this city can be as straightforward as ever.
Staying with SITU in our Cardiff accommodation provides the busy traveller with a true home-from-home experience. All our Cardiff apartments have their own fully-equipped kitchen and comfortable living room, allowing you to unwind in the privacy of your own space at the end of a long day.
Options for a corporate stay in Cardiff are wide: perhaps stay a little outside the centre or browse through our choice of Cardiff city apartments and stay right in the middle of the action. You can even choose an aparthotel in Cardiff where you’ll have the facilities of a hotel at your disposal. Wherever you prefer, choosing one of SITU’s serviced apartments in Cardiff will ensure that the practicalities of your stay are as stress-free as possible, allowing you more time to work and explore the wonderful capital city of Wales.
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, based alongside the Bristol Channel and just under 200 miles west of London. The Cardiff population equates to almost 370,000 people, who live in the UK’s eleventh largest city. There are many ways to travel to the Welsh city. Cardiff Airport has great domestic and international routes, and there’s a regular high-speed rail link from London.
If you’re travelling by road, the M4 motorway passes around the north of the city. Cardiff is easy to get around once you’re here and is pedestrian-friendly with good public transport links. Whatever your time here has in store for you, fully furnished, serviced accommodation in Cardiff offers a convenient and comfortable base for you to enjoy any free time you have during your trip.
During the twentieth century, Cardiff’s coal export and steel production sector declined, and the services sector took its place. Today Cardiff relies on retail, finance, media, and tourism, with a concentration of skills in the financial and professional services. Banks, building societies, insurance, and pension companies are all present in the city.
Wales has eight enterprise zones, each one focused on a particular sector, ranging from ICT, space and electronic engineering; to business, law and accountancy. The three universities in Wales, including Cardiff University, and the further education colleges such as Cardiff College, work closely with the enterprise zones to help businesses access their research, knowledge transfer, and training capabilities. In fact, Cardiff has a population of 70,000 students, which is one of the biggest in the country, ensuring that student accommodation in Cardiff is filled all year round.
The Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone is focused on the growth of the financial and professional services sector. Cardiff City Council also plays an active role in helping businesses thrive in the city centre.
Cardiff Business Park is situated 15 minutes to the northeast of Cardiff city centre via the A4232 and is within easy reach of all rail links from Cardiff and Newport. It’s home to many different companies, including Coca-Cola, Shell, and the Welsh Power Group. With such great public transport and easy road links to the park, short stay apartments in Cardiff city centre can act as convenient accommodation options, allowing easy commutes to wherever your work takes you.
Cardiff is a city that’s rich in history, and whether you’re staying in short term lets in Cardiff for work or leisure, you might be curious about the city’s past. Cardiff began as a Roman fort, and later became a stone castle with a small settlement growing up around it. Cardiff remained a quiet town with a busy port in the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries, trading with France and the Channel Islands. Coal and some iron were exported, while salt and wine were imported. There was also a thriving coastal trade where merchandise was transported along the coast from one part of Britain to another.
In the eighteenth century, Cardiff remained the same size as in the Middle Ages, but soon Wales was transformed by the industrial revolution. In the nineteenth century, Cardiff grew at a great pace and exports of coal and iron from Cardiff boomed, helped by the introduction of the railways. By the nineteenth century, Cardiff’s industries included shipbuilding, rope making, iron and steel, brewing, milling, and paper-making. Meanwhile, there were many improvements made to the town. From 1821 there was gas street lighting, while in 1835 a covered market was built.
Amenities in Cardiff continued to improve during the twentieth century, and Cardiff was made a city in 1905. It was then in 1955 that Cardiff became the capital of Wales. The port of Cardiff did start to decline drastically, however, in the following century. The old manufacturing industries also waned and were largely replaced by new service industries, including tourism. It was decided to revitalize Cardiff Docklands by dedicating them to shopping and leisure; leading Cardiff to now be widely known as a flourishing city.
Staying in self catering apartments in Cardiff offers simplicity and flexibility while you explore Cardiff’s wealth of attractions. Cardiff is an easy city to get around. Large parts of the centre, including the major shopping streets, are pedestrianised and the city is also easily negotiated by bike. You’ll find plenty of bike racks around Cardiff city centre and cycle paths like the Taff Trail provide traffic-free routes. The scenic waterfront area of Cardiff Bay is also accessible for pedestrians, and you can easily walk between the city and the Bay in around fifteen minutes.
You could start at Cardiff Museum, or visit St. Fagan’s, an open-air museum that chronicles the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people. Cardiff Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff and home to the Metropolitan Cathedral Choir. Cardiff Castle is also one of the most popular attractions, with its 200 years of history in the heart of the city. In terms of shopping, the city has everything, from Cardiff’s shopping centres to popular high street names and a thriving indoor market. The Victorian and Edwardian arcades are a highlight, full of independent boutiques and interesting cafés.
Cardiff also has world-class venues such as the Principality Stadium and the Millennium Centre. The city hosts major events such as Ashes test cricket, FA cup finals, and the international Rugby World Cup, as well as international arts festivals. Wales is a country famous for its delicious food and Cardiff’s restaurants won’t disappoint, serving traditional Welsh food as well as cuisine from around the world. There’s an abundance of pubs in Cardiff, and with their great atmosphere, service, and well-stocked bars and cellars there’ll be something for everyone.
Cardiff really has everything – sophisticated city living as well as a beautiful wider location, with mountains, coast, and countryside all on your doorstep. With a wide variety of luxury apartments in Cardiff to choose from, you’ll find something that suits, whatever your plans in one of the most popular cities in the UK.
Cardiff Airport is the national airport for Wales and welcomes over 1.66 million passengers a year. It has great domestic and international routes and is located 13 miles (21 km) to the west of Cardiff.
There is a direct train between Cardiff Central and the airport, or you can take the Cardiff Airport Express Bus service which departs regularly from outside the terminal. Flightlink Wales offers reliable airport shuttle services.
If you’re arriving in the UK by ferry at Portsmouth or Southampton, there are easy, direct train connections from these port cities to Cardiff. The ferry ports also link with the national motorway system to provide fast access to the city.
Both these stations are the main railway hubs for Cardiff and are located in the city centre. Cardiff is around two hours from London by train, with services every 30 minutes.
Cardiff also has direct routes to Bristol, Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, and other main towns and cities, as well as the ports at Southampton and Portsmouth.
Cardiff Bus runs a regular and well-connected system throughout Cardiff and the local environs, while Stagecoach has services to the wider area, including the Welsh Valleys. The new bus station is presently still being built.
You can even travel between the city centre and Cardiff Bay by water bus. The boat leaves from Bute Park, near Cardiff Castle, and takes you to the main part of Cardiff Bay.