Driving from capital to capital can be tiring, but when you go from London Euston to Cardiff Central by train it allows you to arrive feeling energised and ready for adventure. With the journey taking just over two hours.
Cardiff Central opens into the heart of this vibrant cosmopolitan city, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by history, culture and the warmth of the locals. There are so many things to do and see here that you’ll need to return again and again!
Cardiff Castle is a great place to start your day. Overlooking the centre of Cardiff, the splendour of this complex medieval and Victorian Gothic site makes it a must-see on every tourist’s list. Originally built by the Lord of Gloucester, Robert Fitzhamon, in the 11th century on the site of a Roman fort, it witnessed numerous battles, and had countless additions to the already large building. The castle underwent a grand redesign in 1848 by architect William Burgess in a Gothic Revivalist style, at a huge cost covered by the young 3rd Marquess of Bute. The glorious grounds are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a walk in the fresh air.
Head for the stylish Waterfront area for a visit to the Wales Millennium Centre. With its iconic facade, this home to the arts has been constructed from the Welsh materials wood, slate, metal, and glass. Another jaw-dropping contemporary architectural design is the Senedd Welsh Parliamentary building - see where the decisions that matter take place. It’s also the filming site of several episodes of the Dr Who spin-off Torchwood with the unforgettable Captain Jack, so if you’re a Who fan, this is a must-see.
For retail addicts, Cardiff Central Market is an amazing experience. Reminiscent of Covent Garden Market, if you’re looking for unique gifts, unusual homewares, and handmade crafts, you could easily spend days wandering through this undercover market and still not see it all.
Cardiff offers a wide variety of restaurants, with something to suit every palate and all budgets. From fine dining at the chic and stylish Clink restaurant through to a delicious takeaway baguette from Fresh the Baguette Bar - perfect for enjoying on the train home to London.
Cardiff is a fantastic place to visit and with our range of discount tickets, including flexible Anytime tickets, or the huge savings offered by Advanced ticket when you book ahead, there’s nothing stopping you. Download our app for the latest.