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WHY WE HEART Cardiff

Locals like to boast about how no UK city can compare to their hometown of Cardiff - this may well be a bold statement but they’re not far off. With a world-class sports stadium smack-bang in the centre of town, a stunning Welsh castle for a spot of culture and an unrivalled nightlife scene, Cardiff should definitely be on your hit list during a tour of the UK. Tick the Welsh capital off your UK bucket list and experience the infectious energy that Cardiff is so well-loved for...

Our Cardiff Hostel

Our sister hostel NosDa feels like home. With the Principality Stadium in eyesight, an on-site bar hosting live music and open-mic nights on the regular and exciting tours departing from the hostel daily, there’s no doubt NosDa will play a huge part in making your Cardiff trip one to remember.

THE ULTIMATE Cardiff TRAVEL HUB

When planning a trip to Cardiff, you’ll want to have in mind a rough itinerary for your stay. We’ve got travel guides, survival tips, an interactive map and even a crash course in Welsh. Use this travel hub to help you figure out your plan of action before heading to Cardiff.

EVERYTHING Cardiff HAS TO OFFER

Spring & Summer

Castell Coch, Walk in the park, Cycle to Cardiff Bay Barrage

Autumn

Rugby game, Shopping, Museums

Winter

Cardiff Market, Museums, Shopping,

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Cardiff'S CLIMATE

Expect warm clothes and an umbrella to come in handy during a trip to Cardiff. Visiting around Christmas time will be chilly, as temperatures from December to February drop to around 1.5 degrees. The Welsh capital certainly isn’t one of Europe’s hottest cities however Cardiff wouldn’t be Cardiff without a few drops of rain! During summer however it does warm up. Between July and August temperatures can reach 20 degrees or more, that’s Caribbean weather to the locals!

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SURVIVAL TIPS

  • Always carry ID The legal drinking age in Wales is 18. Clubs, bars and supermarkets are pretty strict on it so make sure you always have your ID to hand.
  • Transport etiquette If you see someone pregnant, elderly or disabled on public transport, give them your seat.
  • Walking around Cardiff is a very compact city so exploring the main sights on foot is easy.
  • Cardiff buses Buses in Cardiff are super easy to use. Contactless payment will soon be available on all buses but if you don’t have this then you’ll need the exact change ready before you get on.
  • Tipping culture In a sit down restaurant, tipping 10% is expected. If you’re ordering your food at a bar then it’s not necessary.
  • Arriving at Cardiff Train Station Cardiff Central Train Station is just that, central! Travelling around the UK? Links to Cardiff by train are pretty good and take you right into the centre of the city.
  • Best beer bars Tiny Rebel is an award-winning Welsh brewery serving up keg and cask ales on tap. Our hostel bar NosDa serves great Welsh beer, Welsh food and Welsh live music! Check out the 5 Best Affordable Bars in Cardiff

WHAT CAN YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY IN Cardiff?

  • Meal with wine
    £25.00
  • Welsh Rarebit
    £5.00
  • Budget meal
    £8.00 - £12.00
  • Light lunch
    £4.00 - £7.00
  • Cardiff Castle entry
    £12.50
  • Beer
    £3.50
  • Bottle of water
    £0.83
  • Cigarettes
    £8.50

Stay in the beating heart of Wales with an iconic rugby stadium on one side and a 2,000 year old castle on the other. Cardiff’s infectious energy will make you never want to leave.

Located right in the heart of Cardiff, we are right on the River Taff with a view of the world famous Principality Stadium just across the water. Aside from being in the prime spot for rugby fans, culture vultures will love that we’re within 15 minutes walk of the medieval Cardiff Castle, Cardiff town centre, the Cardiff National Museum and a bustling daily food market.

Find Out More

Everyone in Wales speaks English, so we doubt you’ll ever really NEED to use Welsh, but it’s good to know some words and phrases anyway (even if it is to show off to the locals!)

  • 1

    Hello
    Helo
  • 2

    How are you?
    Shwd ych chi?
  • 3

    What is your name?
    Be' ydy'ch enw chi?
  • 4

    Please
    Os gwelwch chi'n dda.
  • 5

    Thank you
    Diolch
  • 6

    Nice to meet you
    Braf cwrdd â chi
  • 7

    Goodbye
    Da bo chi