Whether for business or pleasure, catching the train is the easy, relaxing way to get from Nottingham to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, and you can even make use of the free Wifi to catch up on some serious on-demand TV, social media postings or chatting to your mates.

Arriving in Cardiff, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to start exploring. This glorious city has a rich history and proud heritage and is inhabited by a diverse mix of cultures, resulting in a vibrant, buzzing cosmopolitan city. There are so many attractions and family friendly activities here that there’s no time to waste.

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If you’re a Dr Who fan, you might be aware that Cardiff plays a starring role in the series spin-off, Torchwood. The heroic Captain Jack (who can forget his boots!) frequently strode across the stones of the Bay area on his way to save the world, with the Senedd Welsh Parliamentary building as the backdrop. The impressive contemporary design complements the nearby Wales Millennium Centre, and both structures are constructed using the traditional materials of Wales - timber, slate, steel and glass. 

If you’re a sports fan, the Principality Stadium is close by and is home to the national game of rugby, but also plays host to motor races, football and live concerts. For a real treat, the Stadium Tour takes you to every corner of the venue, experiencing the player’s anticipation and pre-match excitement. 

The Welsh people are known for being talented in natural crafts and the Central Market showcases the best handicrafts and artisan pieces. Over two floors, Cardiff’s answer to Covent Garden has something for everyone. From chunky knitwear, and hand tooled leather goods to silver jewellery and delicious local delicacies, we dare you to leave without overflowing bags! 

Cardiff Castle overlooks the city centre and has stood on the same spot since the 11th century. With sumptuous architectural detailing and rich wall paintings, the fairy-tale splendour can be experienced to perfection in the Arab Room and Castle Apartments. The surrounding parklands offer a glorious way to relax at the end of your day, and if the youngsters still need a little more excitement, the woodlands and play areas will tire them out perfectly. 

Take the train home to Nottingham at the end of the day, and start planning your next visit by downloading our free app. This allows you access to all our money-saving deals, including our Advanced tickets, leaving you more in your pocket for another train journey.