Cardiff Capital Appeal
Within the one square mile of Cardiff’s bustling city centre are the big three attractions: the Millennium Stadium, the National Museum and Cardiff Castle. These attractions sit alongside luxury hotels, a network of shopping malls and arcades, and a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes.
The Millennium Stadium helped place Cardiff firmly on the world sporting map and has played host to the Rugby World Cup, artists such as Madonna, Take That, Oasis, U2 and the Rolling Stones, as well as the FA Cup Final for six years. Now no visit to the city is complete without a tour of the 74,000-seater stadium, which offers visitors the chance to explore the changing rooms and even try out the Queen’s seat in the Royal Box.
Cardiff Castle is just around the corner from the stadium, but has been there for around 2000 years longer. The Romans in AD55 first built a fort in Cardiff and the Normans added further fortifications in the 11th Century. Then, in the late 19th Century, the 3rd Marquis of Bute spent a portion of his vast fortune on an extravagant refurbishment, transforming the castle interiors into a Gothic, mock-Medieval palace.
A couple of minutes walk from the castle is another surprising find; the National Museum Cardiff. As well as extensive museum displays the gallery boasts one of the finest collections of Impressionist paintings outside Paris, including works by Renoir, Monet and Cézanne, bequeathed to the gallery in the mid 20th century by two wealthy Welsh spinsters – the Davies sisters.
The new St David’s Dewi Sant shopping development pushed Cardiff into the top five of UK shopping cities. Meanwhile, undercover malls and Victorian and Edwardian arcades offer designer boutiques and quirky gift shops – many of them with a Welsh flavour.
Cardiff Bay boasts a 200-hectare freshwater lake for sailing and water sports; the five star St David’s Hotel and Spa, cuisine from around the world in the restaurants in Mermaid Quay, and the new home for Welsh National Opera – the Wales Millennium Centre.
The centre was inspired by the Welsh landscape, language and culture; much of it was built with Welsh materials and it provides a suitably impressive stage for Welsh opera singers such as Bryn Terfel and Katherine Jenkins, as well as a wide variety of international musicals, ballet, theatre and modern dance.
The Bay is also home to the ‘Doctor Who Up-Close’ exhibition, a popular tour being refurbished with a new exhibition during 2011 to show off the monsters, costumes and props from the BBC Wales series – much of which was filmed in and around Cardiff. The area is one of the main settings for the BBC’s adult Doctor Who spin-off – Torchwood and the young persons’ spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures.
A short 15-minute drive from the Bay takes you out to the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. Nestled here are championship standard golf courses at the Vale Hotel, acres of vineyards producing award winning Welsh wines, and one of Britain’s most interesting and ambitious museums - St. Fagan’s National History Museum.
The museum features a variety of historic buildings from across Wales – all of which were taken apart brick by brick and carefully reconstructed in the museum to present a view of life in Wales over the last 500 years. The museum village features a working bakery; blacksmiths, saddler, teashop and store, and you are guaranteed to hear Welsh, the language of heaven, in everyday use.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Cardiff. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Cardiff, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
Day excursion ideas, when extra nights booked:
Local Tourist attractions:
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements
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