The enchanting capital city of Cardiff seamlessly fuses Welsh rural charm with a dynamic, contemporary edge, ensuring that it draws in thousands of city breakers all year round. Holidaymakers and business travellers seeking first-rate hotel accommodation at a discount in the city’s northern suburbs are spoilt for choice by booking with Hotwire. Hotwire’s exclusive collection of 3.5* Hot Rate hotels has meant that previous customers have been lucky enough to stay in Flat 5 Cardiff, Dexby Town House and the Hilton, amongst a range of other well-known brands and independent boutiques. Such hotels feature great leisure facilities, including indoor pools, fitness centres and stylish restaurants, making for the ideal getaway. With hidden natural gems such as Forest Fawr, Long Wood and Blackweir Wood in the local area, as well as the convenient Llandaf and Radyr rail stations, guests are treated to stunning natural vistas within easy reach of Cardiff city centre.
As the most popular visitor destination in Wales, Cardiff has a multitude of things to do and see for tourists. Steeped in rich history, the monument most symbolic of the city’s colourful past is undoubtedly Cardiff Castle, located just a stone’s throw from Cardiff Central train station. Defining the city skyline atop of its moat, the 11th century Norman castle and its attached Victorian gothic mansion is one of Cardiff’s best-loved attractions. Ideal for families, the castle is situated adjacent to the vast Bute Park, a sprawling 130 acre public park on the banks of the River Taff. The Summerhouse Kiosk, Animal Wall and Blackfriars Friary are some of Bute’s most popular highlights, making the park the ideal place in which to relax in during the warmer months.
Those who don’t wish to venture into the city centre for their dose of history can pay a visit to the equally impressive Castell Coch which is located to the north of Cardiff, just a short distance from the hotel via car or public transport. Prominently positioned on a hillside overlooking the village of Tongwynlais, the Victorian gothic castle is lavishly decorated and features a working portcullis and drawbridge. Tongwynlais itself is the quintessential example of a typical Welsh village, boasting a variety of quaint country pubs and shops, as well as a 9-hole golf course.
In order to experience Cardiff’s modernity, tourists are advised to spend a day exploring the contemporary dockland area on the Cardiff Bay. Bustling with trendy wine bars, luxury shopping centres and fine-dining restaurants, there is something to suit everyone.