We’re back again with another city guide! This time we’ve got a real crowd pleaser, it’s the capital city of Wales – Cardiff! Cardiff is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities and unbeknown to many, Cardiff is one of the UK’s most important filming locations for TV and film shoots! Playing host to the likes of Doctor Who, Casualty, Sherlock, Torchwood and many more!
In the coming months, Cardiff will also play host to a handful of Cricket World Cup fixtures! All in all, Cardiff is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, attractions and shopping arcades, so it’s a must-visit destination for everyone!
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First up in the heart of Cardiff and right next to Cardiff Castle, we have Hotel Indigo Cardiff! This stunning boutique hotel houses a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse on its rooftop, where guest and diner alike can experience some epic views of the Cardiff skyline! What’s more is the Indigo’s fantastic bedrooms reflect the vibrant city, through the use of local art and natural materials!
With water-lapping it’s edges, voco St David’s Cardiff promises spectacular views across the Cardiff Bay. Set in an iconic glass fronted building, this stunning hotel features a luxury spa for those wanting to relax after a hard day’s work and even an innovative, luxury restaurant for all you foodies out there! This hotel is ideally located for anyone working at BBC’s Roath Lock Drama Village, which is less than a 10-minute drive away!
Nestled amongst some of Cardiff’s most iconic sights, transport links and only minutes away from popular business hubs, the Clayton Hotel Cardiff is the ideal place to stay for both business and pleasure alike! Boasting panoramic views all the way out to Cardiff Bay from their stunning bedrooms, the Clayton also guarantees unforgettable views and top-notch grub, at their very own ‘View Restaurant’!
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Right opposite Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium) and smack bang in the middle of Cardiff city is Zerodegrees, a microbrewery and pizza restaurant! Zerodegrees promises some of the best, innovative cuisine in Cardiff and is based on locally sourced ingredients. No visit would be complete without trying the mango beer…tastes like heaven!
Wahaca is not only the UK’s first carbon neutral restaurant, it also promises that it serves up the ‘Tidiest Tacos on the Taff’! This Mexican is set across three floors, with a cracking tequila bar on the top level. So you could tuck into a taco (or two) or just pop by for a few tequila cocktails (and soak it up with a bowl of lush nachos of course!)
Or why not try something a little…different, head to The Clink, one of the city’s most famous restaurants! This, of course, might have something to do with the fact that the meals are cooked and served by prisoners, working towards NVQ qualifications. The Clink proudly cooks some of the best Welsh produce on offer and is one of the top fine dining spots in the city, winning a multitude of awards!
Tucked away in the corner of Barrack Lane, is Cardiff’s secret cocktail bar, The Dead Canary, home to some of the most talented bartenders the city has to offer. The empty bird cage, hanging outside an inconspicuous fire escape is the start of your journey, as you are transported back in time to an era of jazz music, prohibited alcohol consumption and extravagant cocktails! The Dead Canary is a secret you’ll want to keep for yourself….
If you’ve just hopped off the train, The Great Western is your first pit stop! From the Great Western Railway to Roald Dahl, Cardiff’s history is covered within! Built in 1879, the Great Western Hotel served the nearby Great Western Railway station. Today, 140 years later, it’s home to the ever popular, Wetherspoons!
If you’re after a decent beer look no further than the epic Tiny Rebel Cardiff! Just across from Principality Stadium and housed in the former fire station, is a bar run by Tiny Rebel, a cult craft brewing company based in nearby Newport. This bar plays host to regular foodie pop-ups and themed evenings meaning there’s always a reason to pop in for a tipple…or two!
Be absorbed by the beautiful attractions such as Cardiff Castle, Principality Stadium and the National Museum, nestled alongside luxury hotels, shopping arcades and an eclectic range of restaurants and bars.
Explore Cardiff Castle and enjoy more than 2000 years of the city’s history or wander the charming Edwardian and Victorian shopping arcades, for a trip back in time! Don’t forget to pay a visit to Spillers Records, the oldest record shop in the world, which opened in 1874!
No visit is complete without a visit to the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, home to 9 creative companies, including the Welsh National Opera! Then kick back and relax with a drink at Mermaid Quay, overlooking Cardiff Bay, which will be sure to take your breath away!
Now, as for how to end your trip with a bang? Well, that’s another blog post for another time!
Remember! Our dedicated team work with a range of clients in the media industry and with over 30 years of award-winning experience, we provide the winning solution for all your travel needs.