The Welsh capital is a popular retail and tourist destination with excellent attractions and venues, and is a media hub for the region.
The Welsh capital is a thriving city, with emerging retail and tourism sectors, as well as being the country’s media hub, particularly for radio and TV.
About 18 million tourists visit Cardiff each year for the shopping, sights, museums and culture. The city’s major tourist attractions include Cardiff Castle, the National Gallery of Wales, the Millennium Centre and the renovated and historic docks area.
Cardiff has a very rich history. The Romans settled the area in 55AD and built a military fort where Cardiff Castle stands now. The city has the most castles of any in Europe – although most of those are now in ruins. The most famous of these is the aptly named Cardiff Castle, which dominates the city centre and boasts both a Norman keep and the remains of a Roman fort within its walls. During World War II, it was used as an air raid shelter. On the outskirts of the city is Castell Coch, St. Fagans Castle and you can also find the remains of Morgraig Castle on the edge of the suburb of Thornhill.
Another of the city’s attractions is the Principality Stadium, constructed at a total cost of £121 million. It has a capacity of 74,500 and features a retractable roof, only the second stadium of this type in Europe, and the largest capacity football stadium in the world with a retractable roof. Interestingly, the stadium uses trained falcons to scare away other smaller birds in order to keep the seats clean and stop the pitch from being damaged.
The first ever British news film was filmed in Cardiff in 1896, when the Prince & Princess of Wales opened an extension to the Central Library. This was also the first ever motion picture of the prince. Cardiff is also home to the world’s oldest record store, Spillers, which opened in 1894. The city served as a filming location for popular TV series such as Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Cardiff has been undergoing extensive waterside development in previous years, resulting in previously run-down areas being regenerated, with new attractions and apartments. Great days out like the Millennium Arts Centre and the Doctor Who Exhibition now bring people flooding in, while varied dining options and live music at venues like the Motorpoint mean that those staying in a Cardiff serviced apartments have plenty to see and do.
SITU can offer you a wide range of accommodation in Cardiff, from short-term lets and self-catering apartments to luxurious aparthotels. Serviced apartments are a secure way to become involved in the energetic city that Cardiff has become, giving our customers the space and flexibility to make the most of their stay.
With Cardiff offering a total of 26 stations in the entire metropolitan area, this is a cost-effective, quick and easy means of travel.
The main train stains within the city centre are Cardiff Central, Queen Street and Cathays.
Cardiff Central offers a fantastic commuting link to areas of Wales and to main cities such as Bristol, Reading and London. This is the closest station to the Millennium Stadium which is only an 8 minute walk.
Queens Street is accessible from Station Terrace,
Cathays is off Park Place and near the Wales Tourist Board, offering a service directly to the Cathays University campus where regular buses run to and from back to the city centre.
The majority of the stations are all within walking distance of bus stops and many tourist attractions, making them a great way to get about..
Cardiff Bus offer a range of networked serviced across the city, to Newport, and to areas in Vale of Glamorgan.
The bus station is in Central Square, which is directly in front of Cardiff Central train station. There are plenty of sightseeing buses and a service called the 'Baycar', which provides regular trips between the city centre and Cardiff Bay.
There is a an international airport situated in the Vale of Glamorgan for all domestic and international flights.
With regular flights and bus services, the airoprt is a great way to travel to and from Cardiff.