Coach trips to Cardiff
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Cardiff - an introduction
Everywhere you turn, you'll get a cheerful 'Croeso' when you join coach holidays to Cardiff, the delightful capital city of Wales and home to the magnificent Cardiff City Stadium. Should you be lucky to be on Cardiff city breaks during Rugby Season, ensure you see a match at the Millennium Stadium – you won't regret it as the atmosphere here is unbeatable!
Cardiff Bay is one of the highlights on any visit to the city centre especially since its redevelopment where you can now enjoy a range of restaurants, bars and shops in Mermaid Quay. You can choose to jump aboard a cruise boat and take to the waters of the Bay or perhaps if you're feeling brave, take to the waters yourself in your own sailing boat. Should the weather take a turn, you can keep everyone entertained with visits to Wales Millennium Centre, Red Dragon Centre, the World of Boats, Techniquest or the Norwegian Church.
Fans of Doctor Who have descended upon Cardiff City as various locations within Cardiff and South Wales have featured in the popular TV series. Any fan of the show should not leave Cardiff without visiting the Doctor Who Experience located next door to the BBC Roath Lock Studios or join an unofficial walking tour of the filming locations courtesy of Brit Movie Tours.
Cardiff city coach tours are perfect for experiencing musicals or theatre performances should you not want to travel to London's West End and with most of the top shows embarking on a nationwide tour, you should be able to see at least one during your holiday at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay or the New Theatre. You may also get the chance to see the Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales during your visit to Cardiff where on some occasions free lunchtime concerts take place in the theatre foyer which usually draw in a huge crowd.
All Cardiff coach trips include; return coach travel throughout (unless self-drive), hotel accommodation in a good standard hotel, meals and a variety of included or optional excursions to places of interest so that you see the very best of this fine city of Wales.
Things to do
Cardiff is a brilliant versatile city of Wales with a multitude of things to do. The following should offer some inspiration if you need it:
The Millennium Centre
Located in Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Centre is comprised of one large theatre, a number of shops, bars and restaurants. The building is instantly recognisable for the words carved into the metal on the side of the building, which light up at night. The Millennium Centre also plays host to a number of productions following their exit from the West End, and so when visiting Cardiff it is worth seeing what's on!
One of Wales' most popular attractions, Cardiff Castle is situated in the heart of the Capital. Standing within stunning parklands, the fairy tale castle hides 2000 years' worth of history. Start your visit at the Interpretation Centre then explore the exhibition explaining in significant detail Cardiff's vast history. There is an opportunity to take an audio guide around the Castle or join an expert tour guide.
As Europe's largest waterfront development; Cardiff Bay has something for everyone. Home to a number of attractions such as the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, the Millennium Centre and the Dr Who Exhibition you are sure to be entertained and excited by what's on offer. There are also plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to sample whilst in the area.
St Fagans – National History Museum
Located just outside Cardiff City Centre, the St Fagans National History Museum is one of Europe's leading open-air museums. When visiting, you can take a journey from Celtic times to the present day. Over forty different historical buildings have been constructed in the parkland where you can view houses, a school, a chapel and a farm amongst other things.
Tips & Advice
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Cardiff, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting Wales from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting the Wales.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in Wales simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations in Wales are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution, jump a queue at your own risk.
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in Wales. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, in most cases, an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok, however, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to Wales from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
For further information about Cardiff you can visit the official tourist board website at visitcardiff.com