24 hours in… Cardiff

Next up in our 24 hours in series, we’re delving into what to do in Cardiff, the Welsh capital. We’ve pulled together a whistle-stop tour guide for a city that’s full of history, culture, ancient castles and fine dining.

There’s plenty to do! Here goes…

 

Where to stay…

The Angel Hotel is situated in an unrivalled central location on the well renowned Castle Street. The hotel is an elegant and imposing Victorian property. Along with brilliant accessibility to the local surroundings, the hotel itself boasts unique and spacious rooms for a great night’s sleep, all of which come with an en-suite bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Guests can wine and dine in its beautiful Castell’s Restaurant to enjoy an ever-changing menu of seasonal dishes, highlighting premium local produce.

 

Breakfast or brunch…

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, with options ranging from cooked breakfasts to cereal, fruit and pastries. Planning a lazy morning? Waterloo Tea in Wyndham Arcade is less than a 10 minute walk from the hotel and serves an array of brunch plates until 12pm. Dishes include porridge with chai fruit compote and smashed avocado, eggs and smoked salmon.

 

Retail therapy, Victorian style…

After enjoying a wholesome breakfast why not meander through some of Cardiff’s glass-covered shopping arcades? These historic buildings were built under the reign of Queen Victoria during the industrial revolution. Inside the Morgan Arcade you can find the infamous Spillers Records, which has been established since 1894; the owners claim that it’s the oldest record shop in the world.

 

A spot of lunch…

Whether you’re after a light lunch or some traditional Welsh grub, you’re not short of options for places to eat in Cardiff. Madame Fromage has a colourful and enticing deli counter that will definitely tantalise your taste buds. However if it’s a traditional Welsh lunch that you’re after, head over to Hogwurst in the city centre where you’ll find Cardiff’s best version of the Glamorgan sausage.

 

History tour…

If you fancy cramming a bit more culture into your trip then why not visit Cardiff Castle, which is just a stone’s throw from The Angel Hotel. Known for its rich history, the site combines an 11th century castle with Roman ruins. Why not climb to the top of the castle for a spectacular view over the city and out across the bay? If history’s not quite your bag then keep an eye out on the other events that take place at Cardiff Castle throughout the year – perfect for music, entertainment and culture fanatics!

 

Dinner Date…

Chapel 1877 restaurant on Churchill Way should be on your list of places to eat in Cardiff for a romantic dinner with a loved one or to catch up with friends. With three floors of beautifully decorated surroundings, this restaurant is themed on the renovated chapel which was first constructed in 1877. On the first floor of the building you can find the restaurant serving fine wines and food from all around the world.

 

Post dinner tipple…

It’ll take a bit of extra effort to find one of Cardiff’s most famous cocktail bars, The Dead Canary. Hidden down the small side street, Barrack Lane, The Dead Canary resembles Wales’ coal mining industry with dark walls and low level lighting. If you’re a gin fan, we recommend the Christian Bale, however if you prefer a scotch to wet your whistle then a Dylan Thomas is for you.

 

For more information on The Angel Hotel visit www.thecairncollection.co.uk/hotels/the-angel/