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Wales offers its visitors some of the most beautiful scenery throughout the whole of the UK, but the capital city of Cardiff is surely the best place to experience the country on a small scale. If you find yourself in this beautiful city for a short break, here’s some of the local attractions that are worth checking out.

Experience history at Cardiff Castle

In the city centre you’ll find the imposing sight of Cardiff Castle; a medieval castle and Victorian revival mansion. The Romans first settled on the site that eventually became Cardiff Castle as early as AD 55, giving two thousand years of history to explore from the Normans, right up to the Industrial revolution. Tourists and history lovers adore this landmark for the different eras you can explore. The castle is open throughout the year along with specialist guided tours.

Location: Castle Street, Cardiff, CF10 3RB

Enjoy traditional afternoon tea

The Welsh love a good afternoon tea, and nowhere in the capital does it better than the Pettigrew Tea rooms. At the main entrance to Bute Park, in the centre of Cardiff, you’ll find the tea rooms located in the historic gatehouse. Their menu boasts a broad range of afternoon tea favourites including freshly made scones, cakes, and sandwiches. Tea connoisseurs will also be at home here as the tea rooms offer a wide array of speciality teas from the likes of China, India, and South Africa.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms 

Location: West Lodge, Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 1BJ

Take in the views at Cardiff Bay Barrage

As the city lies right on the coast of the Bristol Channel, there are some stunning sea views to be had along the Cardiff Bay. One of the best places to explore this part of the city is along the man-made Cardiff Bay Barrage. This huge engineering project sought to regenerate the Cardiff docklands, and makes the perfect spot for an evening’s stroll at sunset.

Location: Queen Alexandra House, Cargo Road, Cardiff Bay, CF10 4LY

Spend a summer afternoon in Fagans Secret Garden

A popular place for visitors in Cardiff is the Elizabethan manor house of St Fagans Castle. This excellent example of a manor house from the Elizabethan-era is barely a 10 minute drive from the Cardiff Village Hotel, and its secret garden is an ideal place to spend a summer’s afternoon. Throughout the summer, the pretty flowers in the gentry and cottage gardens bloom turning the whole area into a gardener’s paradise!

Location: St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, CF5 6XB

Get lost in books at the Old Library

For those looking to gain an insight into the history of the city, the Old Library is the ideal place to start. Here you’ll find the Cardiff Story; a museum dedicated to the origins of the city and its development over the decades. The museum is open daily from 10am till 4pm and guests can enjoy a number of exhibits that focus on important aspects of life in Cardiff. The library itself is a grade 2 listed building and boasts some stunning architectural features.

Old Cardiff Library

Location: Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Working Street, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1BH

The city of Cardiff is a vibrant and popular city for tourists of all ages. If you need to recharge your batteries, be sure to make use of the gym and spa facilities available at the our Cardiff hotel. Our pub and and restaurant in the hotel take the hassle out of dining out, offering a popular menu for all tastes. We look forward to welcoming you here at Village; the perfect place to use as a base for your visit.