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From hulking historic buildings to giants of the sporting world, car rental in Cardiff allows you to make the most of your trip…
Cardiff is home to a wide variety of cultural landmarks and tourist attractions, from museums and galleries to castles and stadiums. Enjoy a walk through Cardiff Castle, take in a play at the Performing Arts Centre or watch a match at Cardiff Arms Park. There’s something for everyone here.
If you want to gain an insight into local history, culture, language and legend, you might start with a guided tour of the city, a wildlife walk or even a ghost hunt. There is a wealth of historic buildings and areas to explore, including Cardiff Castle, which has built up layers of history over the years as a Roman garrison, a Norman stronghold and as the site of wartime tunnels during the Second World War. You may also like to visit the Civic Centre, Cardiff Bay for the Welsh Assembly, and the Millennium Centre.
Sport fans will feel very welcome in this special city as it is home to Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff International Sports Stadium and Millennium Stadium, offering rugby, football, boxing, motor racing and a whole lot more. The Welsh capital has fire in its belly and if you visit when the national rugby team is playing, you'll get to see that passion first hand.
Cardiff helped to host the Olympic football competition in 2012 and it boasts an International Sports Village with an ice rink, Olympic-size swimming pool and Cardiff International White Water Centre, for canoe slalom racing.
The more culturally inclined will also find an array of attractions: the National Museum and Gallery at Cathays Park, the Museum of Welsh Life and the Welsh Regiment Museum to name but a few. Across the city, there is a wide range of theatres, galleries, museums, and arts venues. You could, for example, head to the Red Dragon Centre, Mermaid Quay or the Coal Exchange to experience the lively music scene, which features performances of all kinds as well as ballet, musicals and opera from top-class acts.
Also high on the list of attractions are the new BBC Wales studios, where some of Britain's favourite television shows – including Casualty and Doctor Who – are created. The studios are home to The Doctor Who Experience, where you can put yourself in the Time Lord's shoes and explore the world of detail and incredible special effects behind the BBC's Doctor Who programme.
There are excellent shopping opportunities at Bute Park too, plus a wide selection of excellent restaurants, cafes, and nightlife spots.
If it sounds like Cardiff has a heap of attractions, it’s because it does. But distances between the main sights can be lengthy. It takes 10 minutes, for example, to drive from Cardiff Castle to The Doctor Who Experience (or 30 minutes via public transport). That’s why Cardiff car hire is such a great addition to your break.
If you’re flying in and thinking about car hire, Cardiff Airport (CWL) is the obvious place to pick up your rental. Located in the Vale of Glamorgan, some 30 minutes by road from central Cardiff, the airport is well stocked with rental cars from all the major providers. And with airport taxis often costing more than £30, and daily car-rental rates starting from around a tenner, you could save a packet by hiring a car and driving yourself to and from the airport.
Need a little more room for your road trip? With cheap minibus hire, we’ll make sure no one gets left behind. Don’t waste time hunting for the best price: TravelSupermarket compares Cardiff car hire deals so you don’t have to.
With car hire, Cardiff becomes so much more than a great city-break destination…
Cardiff car hire will allow you to discover the vast array of family-friendly areas and attractions in the city and beyond.
You can get out and about to explore the Welsh valleys, the Big Pit mining museum, the Bridgend sand dunes, the Gower peninsula, Oakwood Theme Park, Swansea, Tenby, the Mumbles and Newport, as well as beauty spots such as the Forest of Dean and the River Wye area.
A good time of year to visit Cardiff is the summer. Enjoy nearby beaches such as Whitmore Bay on Barry Island (a 30-minute drive from Cardiff), which offers traditional seaside activities by the bucket (and spade) load, and Langland Bay Beach.
Located on the Gower Peninsula, Langland Bay it is further from the city (around an hour by road), but its golden sands and numerous activities mean family day trips will quickly become treasured memories. There is also much more to see and do on the beautiful Gower Peninsula, where the landscapes range from cave and cove to cliffs, woods and marshes. Make a road trip of it and use TravelSupermarket’s hotel-comparison tool to book hotels along the route.