All You Need to Know about Cardiff
We are delighted to welcome you to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Although it may be small in size, Cardiff boasts an impressive array of restaurants and bars, parks and cultural activities, entertainment and shopping opportunities. While you are here, we encourage you to spend your recreational time exploring what the city has to offer.
Cafés, restaurants and bars
In the city centre, there is an abundance of places to eat and drink. Please see the handout in the conference bag for a list of cafes, restaurants and bars located near to the conference venues. The following website also provides information on cafes, restaurants and bars: http://www.visitcardiff.com/eatdrink/
In cafés, bars and fast-food outlets, you are not expected to tip your server. In restaurants it is customary to add a 10% tip on to the total cost of the bill but before you do this make sure that the bill does not already include a ‘service charge’. If it does then you do not need to tip. In taxis it is customary to round the charge up to the nearest pound.
If you have time to spend in Cardiff sightseeing we recommend visiting the following places. Wales has been selected as one of the ten top places to visit by Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide. For additional information please see http://www.visitcardiff.com/
The National Museum Cardiff is situated on Cathays Park, close to Cardiff University. This is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00-17:00 and is free to visit. Next door is Cardiff’s City Hall and Clock Tower whose architecture was inspired by the English and French Renaissance. On Working Street, opposite St David’s Hall, is Yr Hen Lyfrgell which is Cardiff’s cultural museum. Here you can purchase Welsh themed gifts and learn about Cardiff’s history and the Welsh language.
Cardiff Castle is situated at the end of St Mary Street near Cardiff University. To enter the castle grounds, a ticket will cost £12.50 which you can buy at the entrance. If you walk west along Castle Street (in front of the castle) you will come to the Animal Wall and beyond this is the entrance to Bute Park. Opposite the Animal Wall is Cardiff’s Principality Stadium which is the home of Welsh rugby and which hosted the 2017 football Champion’s League Final.
Inside Bute Park you can catch a water taxi which will speed you down the River Taff into the area known as Cardiff Bay. This journey takes approximately 30 minutes and will cost £4 for a one-way journey. In Cardiff Bay, you can stroll around the waterfront of Mermaid Quay which contains restaurants, bars and shops. Here, you will find the Senedd, which is home to the National Assembly for Wales, and the Wales Millennium Centre which is Cardiff’s largest venue for concerts and theatre shows. There is a Tourist Information point located inside the Wales Millennium Centre.
If you wish to venture outside of Cardiff City Centre, then St Fagans National History Museum is definitely worthy of a visit. You might want to also check out Real Wales Tours – a company offering tours departing from Cardiff and going to a variety of locations across Wales such as the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wye Valley, Gower Peninsula, Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia National Park. Information can be found here http://www.realwalestours.com/
The main shopping streets in Cardiff are The Hayes and Queen Street. Next to St David’s Hall you will see an entrance to the Queen’s Arcade and St David Centre which are two connected indoor shopping malls. For smaller boutiques check out the arcades located along St Mary Street. For souvenir shops, head to Castle Street.
Travelling in Cardiff
As Cardiff is a relatively small city, most people get around by walking or cycling. If you wish to hire a bicycle, head to Cardiff Cycle Tours located opposite the Principality Stadium, or PedalPower located in Bute Park. There are taxi ranks situated at Cardiff Central train station, Wood Street, Greyfriars Road, Churchill Way, St Mary Street and Mill Lane. Alternatively, you can call one of these local taxi companies:
+44 (0)29 2033 3333
+44 (0)29 2055 5555
+44 (0)29 2077 7777
If you wish to use the bus then you can find the timetables here: http://www.cardiffbus.com/english/homepage.shtml
The currency in Wales is the British pound. If you need to exchange any currency you can do so in the Post Office which is located in Queen’s Arcade next to St David’s Hall. Almost all ATMs will accept foreign bank cards.
In an emergency requiring the police, ambulance or fire service you should dial 999. If you require one of these services but it is not an emergency then you can dial 101. The central police station is located on King Edward VII Avenue.
Health care services
The nearest hospital to the conference venues is University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XW, telephone number: +44 (0)29 2074 7747.