Flight and hotel Cardiff
An Introduction to Cardiff
Welcome to the beating heart of Wales. A Cardiff flight and hotel package offers the opportunity to discover the Welsh capital and the beautiful countryside that surrounds it. Famed for song and sport, Cardiff is rich with tradition and alive with history, but is also a dynamic modern city that’s buzzing with bars, restaurants and nightlife. From the Gothic majesty of Cardiff Castle to the sweeping modernity of the new Welsh Parliament, Cardiff is teeming with attractions and a Cardiff city breaks give you the chance to explore the history, culture and character of the Welsh capital.
What To Know Before Visiting Cardiff
- Cardiff Airport is only a short flight from London or Manchester and is around 30 minutes from Cardiff by shuttle bus.
- Welsh is of particular historical and cultural significance, but Wales's day-to-day language is English. Try a little Welsh yourself – it will be heartily welcomed by the locals. Start with place names and see how you go!
- The Welsh people are especially friendly and gregarious, so be brave and don’t shy away from chatting in pubs and restaurants.
- Wales is part of the UK, so the currency is the pound sterling (GBP) and not the euro.
When Should I Visit Cardiff?
Although it's a bustling capital all year round, a weekend in Cardiff is best enjoyed during the summer. The stunning countryside that surrounds the city is especially alive with colour during this time. Package holidays to Cardiff are also recommended during the football and rugby seasons. Between September and May the city is bouncing with great sporting events, so there's plenty of time for sports fans to find a flight to Cardiff.
What Are The Best Places To Visit In Cardiff?
- Cardiff Castle is spectacular sight. Built in the 11th century, the castle is beautifully preserved - especially considering the amount of action it's seen down the years!
- Sports fans should definitely check out The Principality Stadium (formerly the Cardiff Arms Park)
- Should the weather turn, Techniquest is a great place to take inquisitive kids for some interactive, educational fun
- Learn a little about the fascinating story of Wales in the National Museum of History in nearby St Fagans
- Roath Park is home to beautiful manicured gardens, nature trails and a huge boating lake
What Is There To Do In Cardiff?
Cardiff Bay offers a great family day out during your weekend in Cardiff. Craft centres, restaurants, bars, the Welsh Assembly building and even a Norwegian church make for an interesting walk along the seafront.
An especially interesting place to visit on your package holiday to Cardiff is The Clink. A restaurant situated within the grounds of Cardiff Prison, The Clink is run and staffed by the inmates. Don’t worry – you won’t be dining on bread and water here! The Clink offers particularly fine cuisine, as well as giving prisoners the chance to gain vital experience and qualifications that will help them in the outside world.
Cardiff is a great city for shopping and boasts a stunning Victorian indoor market. A truly charming shopping experience from a bygone age, the market is light and airy and filled with stalls offering local produce, seafood and a variety of arts and crafts.
Where To Eat In Cardiff?
With its miles of coastline, Wales is famous for fish, so you'll probably be looking to try out some seafood during your weekend in Cardiff. One of the more celebrated restaurants in Cardiff is Fish at 85, where you can enjoy upscale lunch and dinner menus prepared from locally-sourced products. Delicious food and breathtaking views across the bay are to be found at the Bayside Brasserie, which offers seafood dishes, afternoon teas, snacks and a traditional Sunday lunch.
Bring A Piece Of Wales Home With You
Package holidays in Cardiff are never forgotten. But just to make sure, head down to Castle Welsh Crafts for a wide variety of gift and souvenir ideas. A wooden Welsh Love Spoon – traditionally a romantic gift – makes for a lovely home decoration and a great reminder of your visit.
City breaks in Cardiff will be particularly well remembered with a flame-red Welsh rugby jersey. An excellent gift for any sports fan, rugby shirts can be found in any good sports or souvenir shop and make for an ideal keepsake of your time spent in the heart of Wales.