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Trains from Manchester to Cardiff

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Travelling from Manchester to Cardiff via train is an absolute pleasure. As you travel from England to Wales, enjoy stunning views of the British countryside, catching glimpses of the Peak District and the Cotswolds. As you leave Gloucester and continue south to enter Wales, you will be taken along the bank of the River Severn as it widens to meet the sea. The direct journey takes between 3 and 4 hours and magnificent views can be enjoyed out your window for its entirety.

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Travelling to Cardiff

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Travelling from Manchester to Cardiff

Cardiff offers its visitors a rich history, picturesque landscape, romantic ambience, diverse culture and plenty of entertainment and activities to enjoy. Whether you’re an inquisitive explorer or just looking for a fun-filled family day out, Cardiff is a great place to visit. Our trains drop you to Cardiff Central Station, where you can begin exploring straight away.

Once you have arrived in Cardiff

Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Cardiff

If you’re carrying on your journey from Cardiff Central Station, you will find good transport links at the station. Cardiff Bus runs regular bus services around the city, connecting the station with the surrounding areas. Other operators allow visitors to travel through the rest of South Wales and beyond. Those wishing to travel more directly might choose to use the taxi rank adjacent to the station.

Shopping in Cardiff

Cardiff was recently named one of the top ten shopping destinations in Britain and with its combination of designer brands, high street favourites, arcades, independent shops and markets, we can see why. St David’s Shopping Centre is one of the UK’s largest and most modern indoor malls, boasting over 180 shops, cafés and restaurants to explore. Its mix of designer brands and the best of high street makes it the perfect place for some retail therapy.

If you’re looking for something a little less mainstream, why not visit one of the city’s Edwardian or Victorian arcades, whose intimate architecture houses many independent shops selling unusual vintage clothes, gifts, jewellery and homeware. Alternatively, blend in with the locals and take a trip down to Cardiff Market. Housed under a striking glass-roof Victorian structure, you will find some of the city’s most-loved butchers and fishmongers, as well an array of sweetshops and bakers…yum!

Culture in Cardiff

Cardiff prides itself on its culture and Wales’ capital city will certainly keep you busy. From international art exhibitions, live music venues, trendy watering holes and impressive eateries, there’s something for everyone in Cardiff. Wales Millennium Centre is one of the UK’s top cultural attractions and stages a wide range of performances including drama, comedy, ballet, circus and cabaret acts. It’s located in Cardiff Bay which also hosts many tasty restaurants and waterside views.

If you’re in Cardiff with the family, why not explore Cardiff Castle, the Cardiff Story Museum or Techniquest, the science discovery centre? If you’re a sports fan, you may want to take in some world-class action at the Principality Stadium. Whatever interest you, you’ll find it in Cardiff.

Spending time in Cardiff

Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or are planning a longer stay, our Cardiff Guide can help you plan the perfect trip!

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