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Places of Interest in Cardiff
Cardiff is known for its beautiful landmarks and amazing locales that draws many visitors throughout the year. Read all about some beautiful places of interest in Cardiff that are very popular amongst tourists and locals alike.

Cardiff is known to have many interesting places of interest that attracts tourists from all over the world. The City of Cardiff is the largest in Wales. This place is not only the capital city but is also the main hub in terms of education, tourism, the media and also for business in Wales. There are many cultural sites that have historical significance and loads of places of interest that prove to be a major attraction. Cardiff also remains to be a shopper’s paradise! Here, we shall take a look at some places of interest in Cardiff that find loads of visitors every year.

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Cardiff Castle:
Cardiff castle is one of the most famous castles out here that draws loads of visitors. This medieval castle today stands as a strong monument that reflects the rich history. Experts opine there was the presence of two Roman forts out here built around AD 55. The beautiful Clock Tower, the stonework, the designs and the flamboyance of the place mesmerizes tourists even till date. During the period of the 19th century, this castle underwent modifications and was rebuilt on the lines of the Gothic style. Today, this castle hosts many concerts of leading bands and also hosts the largest Mardi Gras festival held in August.

Cardiff Bay:
Cardiff Bay has many attractions in store for tourists! Cardiff Bay proves to be a major area of interest for water lovers! Lined with beautiful shops, bars, gardens and green walkway, Cardiff Bay offers stunning views every time you visit this place. The waterbus out here is used as a means of public transport as well as a tourist attraction. There also are numerous water sport activities carried out here.

Bute Park:
This beautiful park in Cardiff is one area that has great historic significance and is also popular because of the green cover! This vast expanse of green land is located in the heart of the city. Cardiff Castle along with other places of interest such as the Animal Wall and the Gorsedd Stones are located out here. People flock to Bute Park to experience a strong connection with nature. Bute Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and also an excellent variety of flora.

Queens Arcade:
Shopaholics can have a great time at Queens Arcade in Cardiff. This shopping center has its main entrance very close to the Cardiff Castle. From clothing to electronics, home furnishings to some really hip hangouts, Queens Arcade has it all! This place is definitely a must visit for those who love to shop till they drop!

Cathays Park:
Cathays Park is also a major tourist attraction and consists of three gardens. This area also includes several important buildings in the city. Most of the buildings are early 20th century buildings. Once can also notice the presence of Edwardian buildings as well. The three gardens that are located out here have their own distinctive design and are also the hub of all activities especially during lunch breaks.

Castle Coch:
This beautiful castle has been featured in movies and popular television series. This 19th century castle was founded in the early thirteenth century. This castle also has a rich history to boast about. During the early period of the 14th century, Castle Coch was almost destroyed. Later on, it was William Burges who made plans for reconstruction of the same. Although his plans were not carried out fully, the castle was finally rebuilt by 1881 but even then, a major portion of the work was yet to be accomplished. Work was then carried on for many years to come.

These are some of the many places of interest in Cardiff. A trip to this beautiful city would reveal plenty more things in store!

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Barceló Cardiff Angel Hotel Cardiff
Barceló Cardiff Angel Hotel is located in Cardiff, Wales, 200 metres from the city's central market, and 1.5 miles from Cardiff Bay. Cardiff railway station is 500 metres away. Set in a classical building with an elegant facade and pillared lobby, the Barceló Cardiff Angel Hotel offers wireless Internet access, a 24-hour front desk, and room service around the clock. The onsite Castell's restaurant serves meals from an a la carte menu, using locally-sourced produce. The restaurant overlooks Cardiff Castle. The 102 air-conditioned guestrooms have bright, warm decor, and contemporary furniture. Amenities include television, direct-dial phones, wireless Internet, coffee and tea facilities, and safes. Bathrooms include complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Cardiff is the location for the recently revived classic British television series, 'Dr Who'. Many of the city's locations can be recognised from the programme. 
Copthorne Hotel Cardiff Caerdydd
Copthorne Cardiff Caerdydd hotel in Cardiff is a modern hotel and enjoys a picturesque lakeside setting four miles from Cardiff Castle and Bay. Sightseeing is easy with the Copthorne Cardiff Caerdydd hotel's currency exchange at the 24-hour front desk and concierge service. After exploring Cardiff, guests can unwind at the health club and spa with a sauna and steam room or take a dip in the indoor pool. Drinks are served in the informal atmosphere of the sports bar, and Welsh cuisine is featured in the restaurant, along with romantic views of the lake. Family-friendly amenities include babysitting services, children's menu, high chairs, and cots. The nearby bus service and railway station allow easy access to the cities attractions. Guests can also explore the Gower coastline or venture north into the Rhondda Valley and visit Heritage Park.
Future Inn Cardiff Bay
Future Inn hotel, Cardiff Bay is located within Cardiff Bay near the City Centre. We are steps from the vibrant dining and entertainment centre of Cardiff Bay's waterfront Mermaid Quay. The Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh National Assembly, Cardiff County Hall, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium and the main business community are all within a mile of the hotel. Our comfortable, spacious, bedroom accommodation is of an exceptional standard and offers free parking, free TV internet access, free local calls. Thomas Restaurant and Bar provides all food and beverage on site. Professional business meeting and presentation space are available for hire, we can also cater for private dinners, exhibitions and weddings.
Legacy Cardiff International Hotel
Three flags fly in front of this modern purpose-built hotel, based in the village of Tongwynlais, surrounded by hedges and trees and located within five miles of Cardiff Bay. Leisure and business travellers alike will find hotel amenities to suit their needs. Business guests can make use of the banquet and meeting rooms, exhibit space and the photocopying and fax services (fee). Other facilities include dry cleaning services, laundry facilities and onsite parking (fee). The hotel's Hillside Restaurant serves a hot buffet selection and a la carte menu of English and international dishes and is open throughout the day. Nearby attractions include: Castell Coch, known as the Red Castle, one mile away, and Cardiff center, which is within five miles of the hotel vicinity. Cardiff International Airport is 16 miles from the hotel, at an approximate journey time of 25 minutes. 
Mercure Holland House Cardiff
A 4 star hotel in the centre of Cardiff, the Capital City of Wales, Only a 5 min walk to the main shopping & cultural districts of this unique inspirational city. Many of the hotel bedrooms have panoramic views across the city. The hotel contains 14 “SpaNaturel” treatment rooms. The hotel also boasts the single largest hotel meeting space in the city. WiFi/Wired internet is available throughout the hotel. Underground parking available at the hotel at GBP 12.00 per 24 hours (subject to availability).  The First Floor Restaurant at Mercure Holland House has developed an enviable reputation for style, ambience and culinary excellence since it opened. The menu provides a varied and irresistible range of modern cuisine, all served with style. Our comfortable lounge bar has intimate arrangements of big easy chairs and sofas making it an ideal meeting place, serving light refreshments and bar meals.
Park Inn Cardiff City Centre Hotel Cardiff
The Park Inn Cardiff City Centre Hotel is located in Cardiff, Wales, within 100 metres of the Cardiff International Arena and one mile from the Millennium Stadium. Cardiff Central Station is 800 metres away.
Hotel Features. The six-storey Park Inn is a modern property situated in the centre of Cardiff's business and shopping district. GB Red Bar & Grill serves steak, seafood and gourmet burgers in a vibrant, colourful setting. Room service is offered around the clock. Recreational activities offered in the vicinity include tennis, swimming, fishing and horse riding. The nearest beach is nine miles away and the Castell Coch Golf Course is ten miles from the hotel. Built on the ruins of a Roman fort, nearly 2000 years of history can be found within the walls of Cardiff Castle. After the tour, enjoy a banquet, complete with Mead, costumed story-tellers and traditional Welsh fare. 
Park Plaza Cardiff
The Park Plaza Cardiff is a large hotel located in the city centre within 300 metres of Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium. The Laguna Kitchen and Bar offers a varied menu which includes Mediterranean and Eastern influenced dishes in modern surroundings with dark wood tables, low-level lighting, and large windows. Guests can also enjoy light snacks and meals in the hotel's bar, which has modern decor and private booths. Room service is also on offer. Business conferences and social gatherings can be accommodated, and audiovisual facilities are available for presentations. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with transport arrangements, and guests can use the Internet to look up local information. The hotel's 'Laguna' health and spa centre, features a 20-metre stainless steel swimming pool, a 40-station gym, dance studio, a spa bath, and a steam room. 
The St David's Hotel & Spa Cardiff
St David's Hotel and Spa is a striking contemporary landmark that is situated on the waterfront overlooking picturesque Cardiff Bay. It is four miles from Cardiff's city centre and the Central Station. Cardiff International Airport is 10 miles away, a 35-minute drive. The St David's Hotel & Spa offers an oasis of tranquillity with a hydrotherapy spa pool, underwater jet beds, an indoor pool and a sauna. Those in need of extra pampering can opt for a tailor-made treatment, such as an aromatherapy massage, facials, or mud and algae wraps. Guests can also tone-up on cardiovascular equipment in the gym, and the concierge can help plan sightseeing and book transport. Guests can choose between two restaurants: Tides Grill, which specialises in grilled meat and fish dishes made using seasonal local produce, and Waves, which offers a three-course buffet menu at lunchtimes and à la carte dinners. Both restaurants have stunning waterfront views and offer alfresco dining. 

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