An Insider’s Guide to Cardiff

If you are planning a trip filled with history and wonder, a very good place to visit is Cardiff, capital city of Wales. You can experience your own city break guide to Cardiff by researching online. You will experience top of the line restaurants, fascinating wine bars, alluring theatres and music. You will find a lot of interesting things to do and see.

Where to stay

There are various hotels to choose from depending on your budget, they have the lowest rate of 40 pounds per night. But as we all know, rate changes from time to time. Some of the easy-on-the-budget hotels for a city break guide to Cardiff:

1. Royal Hotel Cardiff
2. De Vere Village Cardiff
3. Campanile
4. The Angel Hotel
5. Legacy Cardiff International Hotel

There are plenty of luxury hotels in Cardiff for those who tend to spend more time in their room and want somewhere nice to relax in the evenings.

Things to do

The Cardiff Castle
The first stop in the City Break Guide to Cardiff is the Cardiff Castle. It is a heritage site of significance to Cardiff’s ancient history. You will be able to discover the secrets spanning 2000 years of the history for the area from the time of the Romans and the Conquest of the Normans to the beautiful designs and art of the Victorian era. There are 2 different types of ticket to tour around the Cardiff Castle – Essential Ticket and the Premium Ticket.

• Castle Ticket Pricing:
1. Essential Ticket
Adults : 11 pounds
Children: 8.50 pounds
Seniors or Students : 9.50 pounds
2. Premium Ticket
Adults : 14 pounds
Children: 10.50 pounds
Seniors or Students : 12.00 pounds

• Castle Tour:
Essential Ticket
1. Castle Apartments that are beautifully decorated
2. The Norman Keep
3. The Battlement Walk
4. Panoramic View at the café and terrace
5. Firing line
6. Family Trail
7. Film Showing
8. Audio guide history

• Premium Ticket
This will take you all around the castle plus a 45 minute tour with an expert tourist guide.

In addition to this, you can upgrade your ticket to what they call Castle Season Ticket for free. The ticket is good for 1 year and will give you access to the castle until it expires. You may ask the ticketing office for more information.

Millennium Stadium

This is a stadium that is built at the heart of the city of Wales where big events are held from sporting events like Boxing, Motorsports, Rugby leagues, Football games to music live concerts. The stadium is divided into 4 parts: East Stand (Westgate Street), West Stand, North Stand and South Stand. It has a capacity to accommodate 74,500 people. For emergency cases, there are first aid posts all around the stadium which is at every corner for levels 3, 4 and 6. The stadium has everything you need, escalators, toilet rooms, licensed bar as wells food outlets.

• Tickets and Events
Ticket pricing varies on the event that you want to attend. You may visit, http://www.millenniumstadium.com/tickets/index.php for up to date events and ticket pricing. You may simply book your tickets online.
• Seat Plan
A detailed view of the stadium – http://www.millenniumstadium.com/tickets/seating_plan.php
• Safety Guide
For more information on what to and not do while inside the stadium

http://www.millenniumstadium.com/safety/index.php

Cardiff Bay
This is the third attraction for the city break guide to Cardiff. This is considered to be the largest waterfront development attraction in Europe. This was known to be as Tiger Bay and now called as Cardiff Bay. The docklands has been a major reason for the development of the area. There are quite a number of things that you can do while in Cardiff Bay. These are but not limited to:

1) Shop and Dine
You will find plenty of restaurants that offer international cuisines, cafes and top-of-the-line bars. Some of these are:

• Signor Valentino’s
An Italian resto with the Cardiff Bay view. It offers Pizza for as low as 7 pounds, Pasta dishes for as low as 8 pounds and meat dishes at 18 pounds.
• Miller and Carter Resto and Bar
A restaurant that specializes in steak. Store hours from Sunday to Thursday is 12 noon to 10PPM; Friday to Saturday is 12 PM to 10:30 PM

2) Cardiff International Sports Village
Experience water sports together with family and friends. Some of which are Planet Ice Public Skating, Cardiff Devils Ice Hockey and Cardiff Water Rafting.

3) Cardiff Bay’s Heritage
Explore the arts and classic times of Cardiff Bay. Buildings that tells their historical life and art exhibits are a must to see.
• Norwegian Church
• Wales Millenium Center
• Butetown History and Arts Center
Guest post by Jane, a freelance writer who loves escaping away on weekends to enjoy spa breaks.

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