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Places to stay in Cardiff

As the largest city in Wales, Cardiff may be famous for its shopping, cutting-edge architecture and unique attractions, but the city is also extremely proud of its rich heritage: historic buildings – including the majestic Cardiff castle – and a wealth of museums serve as testament to the importance of the area in Welsh history. Home to the Millennium Stadium, and with facilities for sailing and watersports at Cardiff Bay, the city is perfect for fans of a more active lifestyle. The TV series Doctor Who is filmed in and around Cardiff, so fans can enjoy spotting landmarks such as Queen’s Arcade Shopping Centre, the Wales Millennium Centre and Llandaff Village that they’ll recognise from the show. Gavin and Stacey was filmed in nearby Barry, and fans can take an official tour which starts at Barry Island train station. Whether you’re on the lookout for places you’ve seen on-screen or ready to let Cardiff’s sights leave their mark on your own story, a city break here is well worth the trip.

Hostels in Cardiff
Hostels in Cardiff

For those who want to be close to the centre of this cosmopolitan city, YHA Cardiff is perfectly positioned just two miles from the centre. This welcoming hostel is an inexpensive and convenient base for a city break.


Five Free Things To Do in Cardiff

St Fagan’s National History Museum
One of Europe's foremost open–air museums, St Fagan’s is Wales's most-visited heritage attraction. Set in the grounds of St Fagan’s Castle, visitors can see craftsmen demonstrate traditional skills here while the surrounding fields are home to native breeds of livestock.

Cardiff Animal Wall
This wall is one of Cardiff’s most photographed historic features, and is delightful to see. Designed by architect William Burges and completed in 1892, the animal wall has since undergone some repair to ensure it remains in the best possible condition for future generations to enjoy.

RSPB Newport Wetlands
The reedbeds and woodland of the wetlands are the perfect place to enjoy stunning views of the Severn Estuary, while the array of wildlife is sure to delight visitors.

Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path
Perfect for walkers and cyclists alike, this route gives direct access to and from Cardiff’s Inner Harbour. You’ll pass the barrage, with its locks and bridges, sluice gates, and a fish pass, the Environment Building and Cardiff Harbour Building as you follow the coast path through to the city.

TV Production
Cardiff is a great place to explore for both Doctor Who and Gavin and Stacey fans. The last few seasons of Doctor Who were filmed in and around Cardiff, a quick walk around the city will allow you to see some of the set locations.

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