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Why Fly to Cardiff?
The capital of Wales since 1955, Cardiff’s youthful exuberance is evident in its buzzing nightlife, fabulous architecture both historic and modern and beautifully rejuvenated docks. In the centre of the city shopaholics get their fix at St David’s Shopping Centre and the stylish Victorian indoor market and arcades while the grandiose St David’s Hall nearby hosts lunchtime concerts, rock gigs and dance shows as well as the annual Welsh Proms. The super-modern Millennium Stadium with its retractable roof hosts all the rugby internationals and you can take a tour around the vast grounds, including the royal box, and changing rooms. You can use Travelzoo’s Supersearch to find cheap flights to Cardiff.
Flying to Cardiff from the UK
You can get a cheap flight to Cardiff from Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle and Jersey. It is not possible to fly direct to the Welsh capital from London and the south.
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Which Airlines Fly to Cardiff?
Flybe offers low-cost flights to Cardiff from Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey and Newcastle. Irish national carrier Aerlingus will fly you to the Welsh capital from Cork and Dublin and Bmibaby operates out of Edinburgh and Jersey. If you need to fly to Cardiff from the north east, Eastern Airways will take you there from Newcastle.
Mini Travel Guide to Cardiff
Along Castle Street at gothic Cardiff Castle you’re confronted with a fairytale building lavishly rebuilt by the 3rd Marquis of Bute thanks to his dad’s lucrative coal empire. Inside the banqueting hall, library and minstrels’ gallery are exquisitely decorated and well worth the guided tour. The Bute family’s garden at the back of the castle is now Bute Park, a landscaped park with the River Taff flowing through it that makes for a nice picnic spot.
Head to the domed National Museum and Gallery for its huge collection of Impressionist paintings and then escape to tranquillity of Cathays Park, behind the museum, and its serene Temple of Peace.
These days a trip to Cardiff isn’t complete without taking in the revamped Cardiff Bay area because it has changed an awful lot since Shirley Bassey was a girl in neighbouring Tiger Bay. Standing in Roald Dahl Plas, you’re pretty close to everything to see there, from the Millennium Centre with its Welsh poetry emblazoned across its roof, to the Red Dragon Centre. Spot long-scarfed sci fi fans flocking here to the Dr Who Up Close exhibition (cue daleks shouting exterminate) where you can pick up a map on the way out showing which Cardiff locations were used by the show. Politics comes alive from the public viewing gallery at the environmentally-friendly Senedd, where the Welsh Assembly gather, down at the Bay but kids will prefer a trip to Techniquest science centre where interactive exhibits attempt to spark their enthusiasm for physics.