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Cardiff is the capital of Wales and the capital of Welsh nightlife! This buzzing city is right in the heart of South Wales and embodies fiery Welsh culture and spirit. Grab your Welsh flag and all of your Gavin and Stacey DVDs and come over to Cymru! Iechyd da!
If you’re new to the city, our Cardiff city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.
Cardiff is quite a large city, but it’s easy to get around either by bus or walking. The University of Cardiff is fairly close to the city centre, so you won’t need any buses to get there. To get the University of Cardiff Heath Campus, you’ll need to hop on the number 9 bus, which will get you there in just under half an hour.
If you want to get to the Cardiff Metropolitan Uni campuses, you’ll need to hop on the ½ circular bus route from the city centre.
The University of South Wales’ campus is only a ten-minute walk from the city centre. You won’t need any buses to get here.
If you need to get a taxi, there are taxi ranks in the city centre. As Cardiff is quite a large city, expect fares to vary depending on distance and traffic. Uber is also available in Cardiff.
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Cardiff is the centre of Welsh culture, heritage and history. Being the capital of this ancient country, there’s plenty of amazing things to see and do here!
Cardiff is littered with stunning architecture and amazing scenery. If you want to see a stunning piece of history, pop along to Cardiff Castle. This history castle is known for its gothic look and iconic gargoyles. The foundation’s of this castle date back to 50AD! To put that into perspective, the Romans hadn’t even invaded Britain at that point, so this castle is pretty darn old!
Another amazing landmark to have a look at is the Wales Millenium Centre. It’s an absolutely gorgeous landmark and is nicknamed the armadillo on account of its plated copper shell. It’s an iconic landmark and one you can’t miss!
If you’re a bit of a culture-vulture, pop along to the National Museum Cardiff. Not only does this museum have historic works of art inside, but it’s also filled with exhibitions about natural history, archaeology and geography. It’s perfect for a big day out!
Want to feel like a time traveller? Go to St Fagans National History Museum. The museum is located in a village in the city’s outskirts. Here, entire Celtic villages have been recreated for ruins and ancient buildings. If you’re looking to see some of Wales’ incredible history, come here.
If you’re a fan of greenery, you’ve come to the right place! Cardiff has more green spaces than any other city in Europe, per head of population. Heath Park is a sprawling open space and is the perfect place for a walk on a sunny afternoon. Bute Park is a great beauty spot complete with a stunning arbouretum and loads of beautiful flower arrangements.
If you really want to see a lot of green, walk or cycle down the Taff Trail. It’s a trail that spans over 2000 acres of beautiful parkland and goes all the way up to the Brecon Beacons!
If you’re looking to grab a few drinks with mates, Cardiff has loads of great bars to check out! For something totally different, pop into the speakeasy The Dead Canary. It’s a little hard to find, but it’s well worth the effort! This bar is themed in a 1920’s style and is a great place to get a delicious cocktail. The Woodville is a very popular with students and often has loads of great drink deals on (with the thin student wallet in mind!). Gassy Jacks is another great bar that’s popular with students. They often put on great live music events too!
Love a big night out? You’ve come to the right city. Cardiff has a lively nightlife and is the party capital of Wales. If you’re looking to have a crazy night, check out PRYZM. It’s a huge club and perfect for any fans of EDM. Glam nightclub and Tiger Tiger are good if you’re looking for a standard club night out with mates. If you’re looking for something a little different head to Clwb Ifor Bach. This club often hosts live music events, focusing on local, home-grown acts. This place is a must-see for rock fans. Another great spot for live music is the Live Lounge. For any LGBT students, check out Pulse. It’s a buzzing gay nightclub with a great range of music!
Fancy a nice cuppa? Cardiff has loads of great coffee bars for you to go to. For a cosy place to have a cup of tea, pop into Selah Café and Tea Rooms. It’s a homely spot that will soon become your regular haunt. For something a little quirky, go to Uncommon Ground Coffee Roastery. It’s filled with eccentric furniture and is known for its delicious espressos!
If you love you’re footy, you’ll feel at home in Cardiff. Cardiff City F.C play in the second tier of English football. They’ve seen more success in recent years, even occasionally breaking into the Premier League. Catch a game at the Cardiff City Stadium. A must-see place for any sports fan is Principality Stadium. It’s the home of the national Welsh rugby squad and occasionally hosts football games for the Welsh National Football team.
Cardiff has lots of great restaurants to visit. Cardiff is a large city, so you’ll find all the major restaurant chains here.
Fancy some lunch, American-style? Check out the New York Deli for huge American sandwiches. If you’re looking for a decent bang for your buck, you’ll love this place. For some tasty Greek food, head over to The Hellenic Eatery.
For vegans and vegetarians, go to the Vegetarian Food Studio. This place serves up a wide range of delicious meat-free Indian dishes. Another gorgeous spot is Crumbs Kitchen. Not only does this restaurant specialise in veggie and vegan cuisine, but it’s also set in a elegant Victorian arcade!
Cardiff has got loads of great shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!
St David’s shopping centre is the main shopping centre in Cardiff. Other good shopping centres are the Capitol Shopping Centre and Queens Arcade. These centres contain a mix of independent shops as well as high street brands. You’ll be able to find most of what you need here!
There are plenty of other shops to explore on the high street as well. The high street is right in the city centre and easy to find.
If you’re looking to pick up some vintage clobber, Hobo’s Vintage is a cool place to check out. For something different, go to Cardiff indoor flea market. It’s great place to check out if you’re looking for some old-school gear!
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Cardiff has got a large student population and the city is very accommodating towards is lively student community. Cardiff has quite a concentrated student population, but there are a few different areas student tend to rent in. There are, Cathays and Roath and the city centre.
The most popular student area by far is Cathays, with around 70% of Cardiff’s student population choosing it as their home. Cathays and also Roath have high concentrations of student populations, so you’ll be amongst your mates if you choose to live here. Rents tend to be cheaper here and these areas are in convenient locations.
The city centre is a preferable choice for some students. You’ll be super close to all of Cardiff’s bars, clubs and shops and the convenient location is a big draw for a number of students. You’ll be dispersed amongst working professionals and families though, so this isn’t ideal if you’re looking for the ‘student bubble’. On the plus side, Cardiff’s city centre rents tend to be lower than most other cities its size, making it a desirable option for some students.
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