Retreat to this deluxe 4 star Top Secret Hotel, ‘Superb hotel located 10 minutes from city centre! – 4 star – Cardiff’, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Cardiff’s touristy city centre. Here you’ll be able to enjoy complete peace and quiet as you make use of the hotel’s first-class leisure facilities and spectacular views over a neighbouring lake. The picturesque setting, as well as the friendly staff and fine accommodation, guarantee that your trip will be relaxed and stress-free. Indulge in some well-deserved R&R time at the hotel’s own Health Club & Spa, where you can take part in an aerobics class, unwind in the indoor swimming pool or work out in the state-of-the-art gymnasium. Before a special occasion, you may wish to book yourself an appointment at the in-house hair salon, and feel free to ask the reception desk for recommendations for suitable restaurants and bars. Located just 4 miles from all the major shops, dining destinations, museums and other attractions in central Cardiff, the journey is a straightforward 10 minutes from your doorstep.
If you’re travelling with young children who tend to lose attention at museums and historic sights head to Bute Park Animal Wall located on the southern side of the extensive Bute Park. The wall features a series of stone carved figures portraying creatures such as bears, seals and lions and was designed by the celebrated architect William Burges. The wall has since been added to from the 1982 original with even more creatures and beasts. Before you arrive, give the kids a copy of the cartoon based on the wall, telling the myth that at night, the animals come to life. Bute Park itself offers a wonderful day out for the whole family, with large parkland for the children to run around in, and landscaped gardens for the adults to admire, plus cycle hire stations and nature trails.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Cardiff’s past, visit the Victorian Butetown district, just northwest of Cardiff Bay Waterfront. This area was once the centre of the city’s coal trade, which was what made Cardiff an international city. You can visit the old Coal Exchange building, where the standard coal prices were set, and that now houses a popular arts and performance centre.
In the evening check out the listings at Wharf, a hugely popular, family-friendly pub that hosts live music and stand-up comedy throughout the week. The building itself is an impressive Victorian structure, featuring an industrial-style glass and brick design, and with dramatic views over the waterfront.