Book a hotel in Cardiff to experience the cultural, historic and economic centre of our friendly western neighbour. The capital of Wales is a forward-looking city with an amazing past and a stay in our Best Western Cardiff hotel will really allow you to experience the historic Roman city with its eyes on the future. We have one hotel in Cardiff centre, the Maldron, a new, state-of-the-art tower complex. We also have several on the city fringe, giving you easy access to the beautiful surrounding countryside as well as the vibrant city centre.
The ancient city has many distinct areas and landmarks worth viewing. The Millenium Stadium, a witness to numerous defeats of Wales's biggest rivals, England, is the national stadium for both the Welsh football and rugby team. At the heart of the Welsh capital you'll find the home of the Welsh Proms, St David's Hall on the Hayes. Around this area shoppers buzz through the smart Victorian arcades, the indoor market and the high street. The powerful and majestic Cardiff Castle, also a major tourist attraction, sits majestically in Bute Park. From our central Cardiff hotel, stroll down to the bay and witness the amazing reflection of city seafront in the dark-blue, lapping waters. Much of the city's past can still be seen while strolling round its impressive streets. The surrounding area and initial settlement was held by a primitive and mysterious tribe of Celts until the Roman conquest soon after the turn of the first millennium. Several forts, villas and other artefacts can be seen, a looking glass into the history of Wales's most important city. These days the city is vibrant and buzzing. Busy shoppers zoom around the Welsh Proms, chatting, dawdling and browsing. The city is full of a life and feels different to elsewhere. You cannot fail to notice this energy as soon as you leave your hotel in Cardiff.
Shopping in Cardiff
Recently named sixth-best shopping destination in the UK, there is broad range of stores to suit everyone's tastes. Wales' newest and largest fashion destination, St David's 'Dewi Sant,' has a huge range of appealing brands and interesting eateries. The majority of Cardiff's shopping is done in the city centre around Queen Street and St. Mary Street, an area throbbing with energy and atmosphere. For an enjoyable day out from your Cardiff hotel and to see something unique, head to the network of historic arcades, built mostly in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Walking down the narrow arched alleys brings a pleasant feeling of Dickensian nostalgia. If you're a fan of historic arcades, Cardiff is certainly the place to come as it has a higher concentration of ornate and old indoor shopping arcades than any other British city. Under the glass roof of the indoor market, pots and pans are on sale alongside retro jazz albums. Down at the bay there's Mermaid Quay, selling surf gear, three-piece suits and Welsh ice cream.
Eating and drinking in Cardiff
Cardiff has some of the finest restaurants not only in Wales but in the whole of the UK. The Quay is full of waterside spots where you can enjoy a cool, fizzy pint while enjoying the sounds and sights of the lapping water. The Windsor Arcade is packed full of reasonably-priced coffee shops and cafes that are open during shopping hours to provide for hungry shoppers. The city has a broad array of foreign cuisines to choose from including Portuguese, Thai, Japanese, and Bangladeshi. There really is something for everyone. If you would like something slightly more familiar, head to Jamie Oliver's Restaurant. It offers a wide selection of Italian cuisine including delicious pasta dishes as well as grilled meats and steaks. Perhaps unsurprisingly for the Welsh capital, there are plenty of pubs and bars dotted around in which to relax and socialise. If you're a fan of live music, head to Mischief's Café Bar from your hotel in Cardiff, it comes highly recommended and has a really local feel.If people watching is your thing, grab a table at one of the restaurants and bars in the living theatre that is the West End, also called the Brewery Quarter, around Mill Lane and St Mary Street
Culture and nightlife in Cardiff
Staying with kids at your Cardiff hotel? Head to the Wales Millennium Centre (nicknamed the Armadillo), which is the bay's centre for the performing arts and hosts anything from Tosca to Mamma Mia!. At the Cardiff Millennium Stadium, home of Welsh rugby, there'll be an international sports match one minute and a Madonna concert the next. Alternatively, hear some pitch-perfect voices at the Welsh National Opera at St David's Hall. If a more intimate night suits, there's drama, comedy and musicals nightly at the New Theatre on Park Place. There is so much to do here that you will surely never be at a loss for activities or sights. The heart and soul of the ancient country of Wales will give you a memorable UK city break and always worth a visit. Book your Best Western hotel in Cardiff now.
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