Cardiff, Wales’ Capital city, offers a startling range of unique attractions, top class entertainment and quality shopping with a difference – all within walking distance. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and Cardiff Bay offers entertainment for everyone.
Plan your journey with our Discover Cardiff and Getting Here & Around sections. Check out things to See & Do, our upcoming events as well as a taste of our sports, shopping and eat & drink offering. Browse our blog for local tips, and find accommodation in our Where to Stay guide.
Rich in ancient history, sporting excitement, romantic ambience and ‘out of this world’ activities, Cardiff is the perfect holiday destination for families, couples and groups. Cardiff is a thriving city, just 2 hours by train from London.
Cardiff is a city of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. With brilliant attractions which draw people from all over the UK and abroad you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cardiff. Choose from historic houses and castles or wildlife and water sports.
You’ll find a lively entertainment scene in and around Cardiff, which features opera, ballet, musicals, and live music from top acts. Across the city, there are a range of theatres, galleries,museums, arts and live music venues. From the traditional to the ground-breakingly modern, from seating thousands to cosy intimate spaces, Cardiff can satisfy every taste.
If you’re new to Cardiff and Wales, then why not let someone else take the lead. Taking a guided tour can take the leg-work out of sight-seeing – literally. Having a guide who knows their subject can really make a difference, giving you an insight to local history, culture, language and legends. Tours can be specific to Cardiff, or further afield, and can focus on wildlife and the environment, ghostly goings-on, or Welsh culture.
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.
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.
By Train & 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.