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In and around Cardiff airport

Cardiff airport is the only airport in Wales and welcomes more than two million passengers a year. Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and was recently described as the “epitome of cool” by the Lonely Planet travel guides. The beautiful countryside and scenery, combined with the modern city, make Cardiff the perfect choice for anyone with a bit of spare time on their hands.

Places to eat, drink and shop at Cardiff airport

Check-in desks at Cardiff airport. Used under creative commons license from holidayextras

Whether you’re looking for a cup of tea or coffee, a light bite or a full meal, Cardiff airport has a great range of restaurants and bars for you to choose from. These include Burger King, Cafe Ritazza, the Echo Bar, the Scrum Half Bar and The Food Village.

The Shops at Cardiff airport include a WHSmith, Bag Boutique and Nuance tax and duty free shop.

Places to visit in Cardiff

Cardiff has some great sight-seeing options. The Edwardian civic buildings and historic Cardiff Castle offer an insight into the city’s culture. The National Museum holds Wales' national archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections and Cardiff is home to the Millennium Stadium- one of the UK’s best event and sporting venues. The stadium runs public tours where you can see the dressing rooms, walk down the players’ tunnel and much more.

Shop till you drop in Cardiff

Mermaid Quay Cardiff Bay. Used under creative commons license from shining.darkness

Cardiff city centre is fantastic for shopping. The area is divided by arcades, with some dating back to the Edwardian times. Each arcade contains small independent stores selling vintage clothing, Welsh gifts, homewares, unique jewellery, food and much more. Queen Street is Cardiff’s main shopping street and has many popular high street shops.
On the waterfront in the heart of Cardiff Bay is Mermaid Quay, which has a brilliant range of shops, restaurants and bars. The Queens Arcade and St David’s Dewi Sant shopping centres are where you’ll find designer brands and even more popular high street shops. There is something for everyone and both shopping centres are undercover.