48 Hours in Cardiff, Wales

Once known as the world’s largest coal port, Cardiff is now Britain’s leading urban center. This vibrant capital is filled with revived shopping arcades, modern architecture and craft beer pubs, yet it remains deeply rooted in its history.

What to See

Cardiff Castle, Wales
Photo Courtesy of Visit Cardiff

Take a look back at the city’s history with a stroll through Cardiff Castle. Originally built in Roman times, Cardiff Castle went through a Gothic transformation in the late 11th century. You could spend all day touring the grounds, including the WWII shelters in the castle’s battlement walls. Then head over to the Pettigrew Tea Rooms in the West Lodge for breakfast or lunch and don’t miss their delicious cakes!

What to Do

Cardiff Bay, Wales
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Cardiff is known as one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. Cardiff Bay, which was once a coal-exporting hub, is now filled with shops, restaurants, attractions and modern buildings. You literally can’t miss the Millennium Stadium, which has a 72,500 capacity and is Cardiff’s most visible landmark. The best time to visit is when the stadium is packed with fans during an international rugby game.

Where to Stay

St. David's Hotel, Cardiff
Photo Courtesy of Cardiff Bay

Located in the middle of city center, St. David’s Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel on Cardiff Bay. The glass fronted façade, private balconies and floor to ceiling windows create the perfect ambiance, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. Inside you will find Marine Spa, voted one of the best spas in the UK, as well as Admiral St. David, a new restaurant and bar.