Country Guides: Cardiff
Wales Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is not known as a cultural
hotspot or cosmopolitan glamourama. Instead visitors find a city
Wales radiates independence that is discovering itself after years of ‘neglect’ resulting in a
from the rest of the UK, which is friendly, exciting and pleasantly surprising destination.
most evident through its own
living language. Carefully Make no mistake though; this is a city that packs a punch: a
growing population and large numbers of students ensure a vibrant
preserved for centuries in hymn and cutting edge entertainment scene, while the city centre is a
and song, hearing a Welsh paragon of urban regeneration consisting of funky districts
male-voice choir singing in their interspersed with great parks and excellent shopping.
native language can raise hairs
on even an Englishman’s neck. Cardiff is ultimately where Europe and Wales meet: rugby and
cappuccino’s in this unique city by the sea.
It’s easy to see how this
independence has been Swansea
nurtured by the landscape. For
most of Wales is an intensely As a vibrant, developing city, Swansea has a lot to offer. Sitting at
beautiful expanse of hills, the mouth of the Gower Peninsula, Swansea lies in a truly
spectacular setting. As a coastal town, Swansea has a history rich
mountains and valleys. Wales in sea life which has been preserved in the charming Old Maritime
never fails to provide fabulous Quarter. Other popular tourist hotspots include the ruins of
vistas and outstanding scenery. Swansea Castle, the Swansea Maritime Museum and Mumbles, a
quaint former fishing village.
Mid Wales might not spring to mind as an activity filled destination, but
you’d be surprised. This secret, sparsely populated wilderness is jam
packed with rolling, green mountains, dramatic lakes and dense forests
not to mention stunning coastlines.
To the north, Snowdonia is the crowning glory of Wales and is
undoubtedly one of the most naturally beautiful regions in Britain. Its
home to Britain’s highest peak outside Scotland, Mount Snowdon, as
well as some of the most accessible and spectacular mountain scenery
in the British Isles. The region as a whole is excellent for ramblers and it
numerous lakes offer water sports to supplement land activities.
When to go…
Wales has a temperate climate and doesn’t really experience
extremes of temperature.
Summers are warm especially around coastal areas and winters are
generally cold. During the winter months from December to February
you can expect cold wet weather. During autumn from September
through November the weather is cool, wet and can become very
Plan your visit during the summer months of May, June, July or August
which tend to be the driest and sunniest months. However, be
prepared for rain at any time of year especially along coastal regions
or if walking in upland areas.
Hotels & Services… Cardiff
Royal - 4* hotel located in the city centre - very popular
Parc - Newly refurbished, top quality hotel
Cardiff Tour City Sightseeing
A Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales
Saloon car, people carrier and minibus with or without local representative
Dragon - 4* hotel located in the city centre - very popular with cheap rates
Ramada - 3* new hotel, good value for money with either B&B or room only
HOTELS – Llandudno
Sunnyside - 3* quaint privately run hotel in a great location
St. Georges - 3* THE hotel to stay in!
HOTELS – Conwy
Quay Spa - 4* Deluxe Spa hotel; just 10 min from Llandudno, stunning sea front
HOTELS – Llangollen
Wild Pheasant - A well priced 3* hotel with a Spa set in an area of natural beauty
HOTELS – Llanberis
Legacy Royal Victoria - A great 3* hotel close to the famous Mount Snowdon
HOTELS – Caernarfon
Celtic Royal - Well priced 3* hotel located on the coast near Snowdonia