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Area Guide - The Laurels
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A Guide to Cardiff
Cardiff has developed much in recent years, becoming an excellent place to visit. Cardiff is home to many visitor attractions and new businesses, meaning that whether you are travelling for business or leisure you will definitely find something to suit you.
Getting There and Away
Cardiff Airport is situated in Rhoose, 12 miles (19km) from the centre.
To and from the Airport:
Hourly between Rhoose and Cardiff Centre.
All coaches and buses (both local and national) arrive at the Central bus station located next to Cardiff Central Station.
There are a wide range of tickets available:
The Bay Express can be used for getting to the Bay:
Pedal-Powered Taxis :
Cardiff is full of many exciting and interesting tourist attractions that are not to be missed.
Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB
March to October 09:30-18:00
Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LA
It is advisable to check in advance before visiting by calling +44 (0) 2920 564 554.
Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre
Cardiff, Cardiff CF5 6XB
Monday to Friday 09:30-17:00
Saint Fagan's National History Museum
Canongate, Royal Mile, Cardiff EH8 8DX
National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-17:00
Also open Bank Holiday Mondays
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF99 1NA
Pierhead Exhibition Centre is open:
Stuart Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Monday to Friday 09:30-16:30
Where to Stay
LateRooms.com can offer a great variety of Cardiff hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses to suit any budget.
Cardiff has a wide range of accommodation to offer, and due to the size of the city, wherever you chose to stay you will not be too far from the big attractions.
The Bay, due to extensive redevelopment and regeneration, has established itself as a thriving hotel base with lots of new hotels emerging. Only a 30 minute walk from the centre and easily reached by bus and train, the Bay is well worth considering.
For your accommodation needs, LateRooms.com has many fantastic hotel deals available to suit any budget, both in the centre, Cardiff Bay and the outlying areas.
Where to Eat
Cardiff has something to suit everyone, with a varied range of flavours from all over the world. Take a look at our restaurant guide which offers a sample of places to eat to suit a range of budgets.
In and around the Centre
97 Wyeverne Rd, Cardiff CF24 4BG
9 Park Lane, Cardiff CF4 7PF
Taurus Steak House
55 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1FE
61 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1FE
The Big Windsor, Stewart Street,Cardiff CF10 5BW
Pilotage Building, Wood Street, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Izakaya Japanese Tavern
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant
Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5BZ
Cardiff has considerable nightlife, the hub of it based around the West End district, which includes Mary Street, Mill Lane, Café Quarter and Brewery Quarter.
The Yard Bar and Kitchen
4243 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD
25 Saint Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AA
4 Wharton Street, Cardiff CF10 1AG
7 Mill Lane, Cardiff CF10 1FL
The area around Queen Street and Greyfriars Road is also home to a wide variety of pubs and bars.
The Friary, Cardiff CF10 3FA
Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3DP
Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2WT
Henry's Café Bar
816 Park Chambers, Cardiff CF10 3DN
Cardiff Bay offers a wide variety of pubs and bars, based largely around the Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village, Bute Street and Mermaid Quay.
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff CF10 5BW
Schooner Way, Cardiff CF10 4EU
Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff CF10 4JY
Theatre & Entertainment
Cardiff features a fair amount of theatre and entertainment across the city. The largest venue is the Millennium Stadium (Westgate Street, CF10 1NS), which hosts large concerts and big sporting events, and is also home to Welsh Rugby Union.
Other theatre and concert venues are:
Cardiff International Arena
Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ
Hosts a range of concerts.
Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3LN
Hosts a wide range of theatre performances and musicals, including many well known shows.
Saint David's Hall
The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1SH
Home to the Welsh Proms Cardiff, and holds many classical concerts.
Wales Millennium Centre
Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL
Offers a good choice of theatre, musicals and comedy.
If you are looking for comedy, then you might want to try:
The Cardiff Festival is also worth considering if you are visiting between the end of June and the first two weeks in August. It incorporates theatre, dance, music and art. Most of the activities and events on offer are free.
For the Kids
Cardiff has plenty to do if you are planning to go with children. Most of the major tourist attractions provide child-orientated activities including:
There is also an annual Children's Festival: Located on Cooper's Field (just behind Cardiff Castle). This usually takes place in late July. Tickets are required for entry and cost £3.50 each (under 1s free). A family ticket can also be obtained for £12 (up to 4 persons including parents and children).
Every winter from the end of November to the beginning of January, the front lawn of Cardiff City Hall is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a skating rink and lots of other attractions for the children.
Cardiff's main shopping streets are Queen Street and Saint Mary Street. There are also 4 covered shopping complexes to explore:
Located around the centre are also numerous little arcades, e.g. Castle Arcade and the Morgan Arcade, which consist of individual shops and small boutiques. Some of these are over 100 years old and contain original features.
Gay & Lesbian
Cardiff's gay and lesbian scene is quite well developed despite the small size of the city.
Cardiff's main gay scene is concentrated around Mill Lane, Charles Street and Hayes Bridge Road. There are a fair amount of pubs and bars including the King's Cross (25 Caroline Street, CF10 1FF), the oldest gay pub in Cardiff.
The Main gay clubs are:
Cardiff also hosts an annual Mardi Gras every year. For further information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.