Guidebook for Cardiff

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Guidebook for Cardiff

Food Scene
Tiny place but excellent food
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Cafe Citta
4 Church Street
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Tiny place but excellent food
Fab coffee, lovely staff
Organicafè
104 Caerphilly Rd
Fab coffee, lovely staff
Just inside Bute Park - quaint tea rooms serving lovely cakes
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Pettigrew Tea Rooms
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Just inside Bute Park - quaint tea rooms serving lovely cakes
Lovely breakfast/brunch venue as well as coffee shop
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Penylan Pantry
72 Kimberley Rd
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Lovely breakfast/brunch venue as well as coffee shop
Cosy & lively bar/restaurant
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Juno Lounge
14 Wellfield Road
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Cosy & lively bar/restaurant
Lovely setting in one of the arcades
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Barkers Tea Rooms
8-12 High Street Arcade
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Lovely setting in one of the arcades
Good Indian
Mowgli's Crwys Road Indian Restaurant Cardiff Premier Cuisine
Good Indian
Country pub with great food -http://cefnmablyarms.com/
Cefn Mably Arms
Country pub with great food -http://cefnmablyarms.com/
Good food & close to the Principality Stadium - www.casanovacardiff.uk
Casanova
13 Quay St
Good food & close to the Principality Stadium - www.casanovacardiff.uk
Good Italian restaurant just outside the City Centre - www.i-giardini.com
Giardini Di Sorrento
12 City Rd
Good Italian restaurant just outside the City Centre - www.i-giardini.com
Good Chinese - www.summerpalace.co.uk
Summer Palace Restaurant
2-4 High St
Good Chinese - www.summerpalace.co.uk
Good food & lovely building
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Chapel 1877 Bar & Restaurant
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Good food & lovely building
Lovely Bistro
Old Post House
Lovely Bistro
Arts & Culture
West End shows - www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/events
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Millennium Centre
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West End shows - www.wmc.org.uk/en/whats-on/events
Interesting & fun - museum.wales/stfagans/whatson/
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St. Fagans National Museum of History
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Interesting & fun - museum.wales/stfagans/whatson/
Entertainment centre under one roof cinema, food, drinks, art, performances & classes - /www.chapter.org
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Chapter Arts Centre
40 Market Rd
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Entertainment centre under one roof cinema, food, drinks, art, performances & classes - /www.chapter.org
Something for everyone - museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/
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National Museum Cardiff
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Something for everyone - museum.wales/cardiff/whatson/
Music & performing arts venue - www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/whats-on/
St David's Hall
7 Bridge St
Music & performing arts venue - www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/whats-on/
Plays, shows, panto's & more - http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what's-on/
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New Theatre
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Plays, shows, panto's & more - http://www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what's-on/
Lots of musical talent to enjoy - www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on/all_events.aspx
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Lots of musical talent to enjoy - www.rwcmd.ac.uk/whats_on/all_events.aspx
In January 2018 Sherman Theatre became the first in Wales to win the Regional Theatre of the Year title at The Stage Awards, recognising the Sherman as the most exciting theatre in the UK, outside of London: www.shermantheatre.co.uk/whats-on/
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Sherman Cymru
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In January 2018 Sherman Theatre became the first in Wales to win the Regional Theatre of the Year title at The Stage Awards, recognising the Sherman as the most exciting theatre in the UK, outside of London: www.shermantheatre.co.uk/whats-on/
Drinks & Nightlife
Relaxed place for drinks
Henry's Cafe Bar Cardiff
Relaxed place for drinks
Quirky venue with interesting acts
Acapela Studio
Quirky venue with interesting acts
Variety of live music
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The Globe
125 Albany Rd
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Variety of live music
Different!
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The Dead Canary
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Different!
http://tramshedcardiff.com/listings/
Tramshed Tech
http://tramshedcardiff.com/listings/
If you enjoy beer & ale - www.tinyrebel.co.uk/bars/cardiff/
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Tiny Rebel Cardiff
25 Westgate St
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If you enjoy beer & ale - www.tinyrebel.co.uk/bars/cardiff/
For the drink of the moment - www.ginandjuice.com
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Gin and Juice
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For the drink of the moment - www.ginandjuice.com
www.clwb.net
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Clwb Ifor Bach
11 Womanby St
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www.clwb.net
Grade 2 listed pub with lots of original features: www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/leased-tenanted/rc/golden-cross/
The Golden Cross
282 Hayes Bridge Rd
Grade 2 listed pub with lots of original features: www.sabrain.com/pubs-and-hotels/leased-tenanted/rc/golden-cross/
Popular Inner City Bar
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The Alchemist Cardiff
117 St Mary St
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Popular Inner City Bar
Sightseeing
Beautiful interior
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Cardiff Castle
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Beautiful interior
Lovely setting (especially on a nice day!) with lots of eateries & bars & filming location: www.cardiffbay.co.uk
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Bae Caerdydd/Cardiff Bay
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Lovely setting (especially on a nice day!) with lots of eateries & bars & filming location: www.cardiffbay.co.uk
The Esplanade at Penarth has a Art Deco pier & also a number of good eateries, notably James Sommerin (if your pocket can stretch to Michelin star fine dining!)
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Penarth Pier Pavilion
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The Esplanade at Penarth has a Art Deco pier & also a number of good eateries, notably James Sommerin (if your pocket can stretch to Michelin star fine dining!)
The ultimate fairy tale castle
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Castell Coch
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The ultimate fairy tale castle
Beautiful Victorian arcades with interesting shops & cafe's
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Castle Quarter Arcades
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Beautiful Victorian arcades with interesting shops & cafe's
Walk or cycle across the Barrage at Cardiff Bay for great views
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Cardiff Bay Barrage
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Walk or cycle across the Barrage at Cardiff Bay for great views
Lovely architecture
Cathays Park
Lovely architecture
Concentrates on the City Centre & Cardiff Bay: www.city-sightseeing.com/en/88/cardiff/252/hop-on-hop-off-cardiff
City Sight Seeing Open Top Buses
Concentrates on the City Centre & Cardiff Bay: www.city-sightseeing.com/en/88/cardiff/252/hop-on-hop-off-cardiff
Where all the money is made - literally!: www.royalmint.com
The Royal Mint
Where all the money is made - literally!: www.royalmint.com
Approximately 45 minutes drive but worth it for the trip down the pit: www.museum.wales/bigpit/
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Big Pit National Coal Museum & More
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Approximately 45 minutes drive but worth it for the trip down the pit: www.museum.wales/bigpit/
If you are a fan of the series this is a must: www.getyourguide.com/barry-l859/gavin-and-stacey-tour-t11270/?utm_force=0
Gavin & Stacy (Stacy's Home)
47 Trinity St
If you are a fan of the series this is a must: www.getyourguide.com/barry-l859/gavin-and-stacey-tour-t11270/?utm_force=0
Much filming for Torchwood took place in Cardiff Bay, the Tower was the secret entrance to Torchwood: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186460-d2424133-r152799377-Water_Tower-Cardiff_South_Wales_Wales.html
Water Tower by William Pye
Much filming for Torchwood took place in Cardiff Bay, the Tower was the secret entrance to Torchwood: www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186460-d2424133-r152799377-Water_Tower-Cardiff_South_Wales_Wales.html
Britain's second largest castle after Windsor: www.visitcaerphilly.com/posts/caerphilly-castle
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Caerphilly Castle
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Britain's second largest castle after Windsor: www.visitcaerphilly.com/posts/caerphilly-castle
Entertainment & Activities
A wonderful stadium in the centre of the city: www.principalitystadium.wales/tours/principality-stadium-tour/
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Principality Stadium
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A wonderful stadium in the centre of the city: www.principalitystadium.wales/tours/principality-stadium-tour/
Fun but challenging!: www.escaperoomscardiff.co.uk
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Escape Rooms Cardiff
119 St Mary St
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Fun but challenging!: www.escaperoomscardiff.co.uk
Comedy club & live music venue: www.glee.co.uk/comedy/cardiff/
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The Glee Club Cardiff
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Comedy club & live music venue: www.glee.co.uk/comedy/cardiff/
Activities to suit all ages: www.ciww.com/activities/
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Cardiff International White Water
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Activities to suit all ages: www.ciww.com/activities/
Swim, gym, dance here: http://www.leisurecentre.com/cardiff-international-pool
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Cardiff International Pool & Gym
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Swim, gym, dance here: http://www.leisurecentre.com/cardiff-international-pool
Ice skating & home of the Cardiff Devils: www.violaarena.com
Olympian Drive
Ice skating & home of the Cardiff Devils: www.violaarena.com
Home of the Bluebirds: http://www.cardiffblues.com/
Cardiff City Stadium
Home of the Bluebirds: http://www.cardiffblues.com/
Home of the Cardiff Blues: http://www.cardiffblues.com/
Cardiff Arms Park
18 Millennium Walk
Home of the Cardiff Blues: http://www.cardiffblues.com/
Large variety of live acts: motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk/whats-on
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Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
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Large variety of live acts: motorpointarenacardiff.co.uk/whats-on
Cinema, 10 pin bowling, Laser Quest, Pure Gym & Bier Keller all under one roof! http://www.stadiumplaza.co.uk/
Stadium Plaza
Cinema, 10 pin bowling, Laser Quest, Pure Gym & Bier Keller all under one roof! http://www.stadiumplaza.co.uk/
Indoor climbing centre 10 minutes drive - CF24 2RZ: bouldersuk.com
Boulders
Indoor climbing centre 10 minutes drive - CF24 2RZ: bouldersuk.com
Trampoline Centre 10 minutes drive - CF24 2RZ: www.infinitytrampolinepark.co.uk/
Infinity Trampoline Park Cardiff
Trampoline Centre 10 minutes drive - CF24 2RZ: www.infinitytrampolinepark.co.uk/
Go Karting Centre CF24 1PT - www.team-sport.co.uk/trackside-news/trackside-newsnew-cardiff-track/
TeamSport Go Karting Cardiff
Go Karting Centre CF24 1PT - www.team-sport.co.uk/trackside-news/trackside-newsnew-cardiff-track/
Three 18 hole golf courses including the 2010 Ryder Cup course, also Spa facilities and restaurants - www.celtic-manor.com
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Celtic Manor Resort
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Three 18 hole golf courses including the 2010 Ryder Cup course, also Spa facilities and restaurants - www.celtic-manor.com
Home to Glamorgan Cricket Club - http://www.thesseswalec.com/thesseswalec/ourvenue.html
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Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground
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Home to Glamorgan Cricket Club - http://www.thesseswalec.com/thesseswalec/ourvenue.html
Interactive, fun learning centre, great for kids: www.techniquest.org
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Techniquest
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Interactive, fun learning centre, great for kids: www.techniquest.org
Site of the National Velodrome of Wales: http://www.newportlive.co.uk/venues/newport-international-sports-village
Newport International Sports Village
Site of the National Velodrome of Wales: http://www.newportlive.co.uk/venues/newport-international-sports-village
Great for kids: www.cefnmablyfarmpark.com
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Cefn Mably Farm Park
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Great for kids: www.cefnmablyfarmpark.com
Cefn Mably Lakes is the nearest for fishing, see link for information on fishing in the area: http://cardiff-fishing.co.uk/
Cefn Mably Lakes
Cefn Mably Lakes is the nearest for fishing, see link for information on fishing in the area: http://cardiff-fishing.co.uk/
Horse riding information: www.outdoorcardiff.com/trails-across-cardiff/horse-riding/
Cardiff Riding School
Horse riding information: www.outdoorcardiff.com/trails-across-cardiff/horse-riding/
Parks & Nature
Large, beautiful City Centre park
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Bute Park
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Large, beautiful City Centre park
It has everything, Lake, parkland, gardens, playground, woodland, tennis & bowling facilities
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Roath Park Lake
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It has everything, Lake, parkland, gardens, playground, woodland, tennis & bowling facilities
Wide open space & also a playground for small children
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Pontcanna Fields
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Wide open space & also a playground for small children
Beautiful Rhododendron display in the Spring
Cefn Onn Park
Beautiful Rhododendron display in the Spring
Beautiful Brecon Beacons - wonderful views from the top of Pen-y-Fan, weather permitting!
Brecon Beacons
Beautiful Brecon Beacons - wonderful views from the top of Pen-y-Fan, weather permitting!
Local nature reserve & a haven for wildlife
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Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
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Local nature reserve & a haven for wildlife
National Trust owned & just on the eastern outskirt of Cardiff
Tredegar House
National Trust owned & just on the eastern outskirt of Cardiff
The Taff Trail is a 55 mile (88 km) cycle and walking route starting in the south in Cardiff Bay and travelling north to Brecon Theatre. The trail passes through towns, villages and localities along the way. It is made up of old railway paths, forest paths and canals and follows National Cycle Route 8. You can find a great map of the route on the Sustrans website at www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/taff-trail-cardiff-to-brecon
Taff Trail
The Taff Trail is a 55 mile (88 km) cycle and walking route starting in the south in Cardiff Bay and travelling north to Brecon Theatre. The trail passes through towns, villages and localities along the way. It is made up of old railway paths, forest paths and canals and follows National Cycle Route 8. You can find a great map of the route on the Sustrans website at www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/taff-trail-cardiff-to-brecon
Open space, forest & pebble beach all in one - also has a nice cafe
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Porthkerry Country Park
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Open space, forest & pebble beach all in one - also has a nice cafe
A 20 minute drive to the West of Cardiff but great for a day out: http://www.margamcountrypark.co.uk/
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Parc Gwledig Margam Country Park
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A 20 minute drive to the West of Cardiff but great for a day out: http://www.margamcountrypark.co.uk/
Peaceful, tranquil gardens to enjoy. www.insolecourt.org
Insole Court
Peaceful, tranquil gardens to enjoy. www.insolecourt.org
For bird lovers: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/newport-wetlands
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Newport Wetlands Reserve
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For bird lovers: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/newport-wetlands
Getting Around
Easy & cheap way to get into the City: https://bustimes.org/services/x59-cardiff-city-centre-cardiff-east-park-ride www.cardiffbus.com/park-and-ride#cardiff-east
Cardiff East Park & Ride
Easy & cheap way to get into the City: https://bustimes.org/services/x59-cardiff-city-centre-cardiff-east-park-ride www.cardiffbus.com/park-and-ride#cardiff-east
http://maps.google.com/?q=Ipswich%20Road,ROATH,Cardiff,GB,CF23%209AQ
Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Cardiff East
http://maps.google.com/?q=Ipswich%20Road,ROATH,Cardiff,GB,CF23%209AQ
Nearest train station (Heath Halt High Level) is less than 10 minutes drive away and will take you into Cardiff Queen Street, Cardiff Central or Cardiff Bay in 6 - 15 minutes: www.journeycheck.com/tfwrail/search?from=HHL&to=CDF
Transport for Wales
47 Penarth Rd
Nearest train station (Heath Halt High Level) is less than 10 minutes drive away and will take you into Cardiff Queen Street, Cardiff Central or Cardiff Bay in 6 - 15 minutes: www.journeycheck.com/tfwrail/search?from=HHL&to=CDF
The city bus service has a stop just along the road and is listed as 'Pentwyn Shopping Centre' on the timetable: passenger-line-assets.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ccts/VB/53-timetable-20180222-d818186b.pdf
Cardiff Bus Depot
The city bus service has a stop just along the road and is listed as 'Pentwyn Shopping Centre' on the timetable: passenger-line-assets.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ccts/VB/53-timetable-20180222-d818186b.pdf