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Lively Cardiff’s got it all. A port city on the south coast of Wales, Cardiff offers spectacular scenery and architecture, as well as awesome shopping and a great nightlife. A dynamic city with infectious energy, Cardiff isn’t just the capital city of Wales, it’s been known as Europe’s youngest capital city. Book a train to Cardiff and explore its unique character.
Cardiff Central Station is conveniently located in the heart of the city, meaning many of the main attractions are just a short walk away.
Big brands or independent boutique? New or vintage? Ultra-modern mall or quaint arcade? Wherever you like to shop, Cardiff will serve you well. A capital for shopping, Cardiff is home to a mix of designer brands and high street favourites, as well as more quirky independents. The great thing about shopping in Cardiff city centre is that it’s largely pedestrianised, so you can leisurely explore the city’s shops on foot. St David’s Shopping Centre is one of the UK’s newest and largest indoor malls, full of your favourite shops and chain restaurants. For something a little different, head to some of the city’s Victorian arcades where you will find little trinkets and things you never knew you wanted. If you’re a bit of a bargain hunter, Cardiff’s got plenty of great markets, so you’re bound to bag yourself a deal.
Cardiff is a city that loves to entertain, so you’re guaranteed a great night out, with hundreds of places to eat and drink. From street food sensations to Michelin starred establishments, local favourites and far flung flavours, Cardiff’s got the cuisine to please your palate. Head to Whitchurch Road for food from across the globe or if you’d prefer local produce, Cardiff has a handful of fantastic food markets. Support local businesses at RCMA Farmer’s Market or visit Cardiff Central to experience the market that has been trading for over 100 years - from fishmongers to spice stalls, the market is a treat on the eyes and the nose. You can’t leave Cardiff without sampling some traditional Welsh food - so head to Fabulous Welshcakes for, well, fabulous welsh cakes. These tasty treats are served warm off the bakestone at this friendly shop on Mermaid Quay down in the Bay.
Cardiff’s compact nature means it’s easy to explore most the city’s top attractions by foot! You can visit the free National Museum and Cardiff Castle all within the city centre. For top class entertainment, head to Cardiff Bay where you can dine in one of the many restaurants that enjoy a waterside view and finish your evening with a play or musical at the Wales Millennium Centre. Sports fans may want to take in some world-class action at the Principality Stadium and thrill seekers will be excited by the Olympic standard Cardiff International White Water Centre. With trendy watering holes, international art exhibitions, a renowned music scene and pumping nightlife, you won’t get bored in Cardiff.
Cardiff Central Station has step-free access throughout the station. There is also assistance reaching platforms available, as well as accessible ticket machines and a ramp for train access for those who require.
Regular buses service Cardiff Central Station, taking you around the city and surrounding areas, as well as through the rest of South Wales and beyond. A taxi rank can also be found at the station.
For further information about Cardiff Central Station, check out our station guide.
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