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Discovering & Visiting Cardiff

Updated: Jun 19

Bird's eye view capturing the scenic beauty of Cardiff city and its picturesque bay area.

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is teeming with rich history, a vibrant culture, delectable local cuisine, and a dynamic entertainment scene. As such, it comes as no surprise that it's among the UK's most popular travel destinations. Whether you're here for a brief visit or an extended stay, finding the right accommodation is key to making your Cardiff experience memorable. Here are some of the best areas to consider for your stay in Cardiff, each offering a unique blend of Welsh charm and urban convenience.

Cardiff City Centre

Cardiff city center with its bustling streets, vibrant shops, and lively atmosphere.

Cardiff City Centre is an exciting urban hub conveniently located south of Cooper’s Field and Cardiff University. Known for its eclectic blend of international cuisines, designer boutiques, historic sites like Cardiff Castle, and the internationally renowned Principality Stadium, the city center is perfect for tourists eager to experience the city's bustling energy.


As a thriving business district, Newtown is populated with a variety of international hotels, restaurants, pubs, and shops. With family-friendly hotels and various leisure facilities for children, Newtown is a great choice for family stays.

Newtown's dynamic business district in Cardiff, bustling with corporate activity and modern urban infrastructure.


Cardiff's vibrant riverside area, a blend of modern architecture, serene waters, and recreational spaces.

Riverside offers an escape from the city centre's hustle and bustle. This historic suburb, located on the west bank of the River Taff, is renowned for the Riverside Farmers Market. Here, you can immerse yourself in Cardiff's vibrant local culture while still enjoying easy access to the city centre.

Cardiff Bay

A picturesque waterfront with stunning views, vibrant entertainment, and a plethora of activities to enjoy.

Cardiff Bay stands as one of the UK's most impressive waterside leisure and business centres. Here, you can enjoy water sports like paddle boarding, white-water rafting, kayaking, and canoeing, or explore wall-climbing adventures if you prefer to stay dry.


A serene retreat slightly removed from the bustling city center, offering a peaceful residential atmosphere.

Ely, located about five miles west of Cardiff city centre, is an appealing choice for those who wish to stay slightly removed from the busy tourist areas. Ely is home to several shopping outlets, small shops, and local businesses. It offers quality serviced apartments, including the spacious Affinity Apartments, ideal for business travelers, contractors, and family city breaks.


A charming Pontcanna, known for its leafy streets, independent cafes, and a relaxed yet vibrant community vibe.

Nestled between the city centre and Llandaff, Pontcanna is an upmarket area known for its cafés, independent shops, and attractive Victorian properties. Staying here means you're just a short walk away from the city's key attractions while being immersed in a relaxed, charming neighbourhood.

Howard Gardens

A bustling student hub in Cardiff, vibrant with youthful energy, diverse amenities, and a thriving academic atmosphere.

Located near Cardiff University, Howard Gardens is a vibrant student area within close proximity to the city centre. With its mix of residential properties and easy access to parks and other attractions, it's a great choice for those looking for a more local feel.


A historic Butetown area brimming with cultural diversity, waterfront views, and a blend of traditional and modern influences.

Butetown, nestled between Lloyd George Avenue and River Taff, is a multi-ethnic neighborhood renowned for its rich diversity. Here, you can enjoy diverse cuisines and music, and visit iconic landmarks like the Pierhead Building.

Atlantic Wharf

A historic Butetown area brimming with cultural diversity, waterfront views, and a blend of traditional and modern influences.

Located near Butetown and Newtown, Atlantic Wharf is an excellent choice for families. With attractions like the Red Dragon Centre, the Craiglee Drive Children’s Playground, and the Taff Trail, it provides endless entertainment for all ages. Plus, it's just a short walk from the city centre and the Cardiff Bay waterfront.

In conclusion, Cardiff offers a plethora of fantastic places to stay that can cater to different tastes, needs, and budgets. At AirFreedom, we are committed to helping you find the perfect serviced apartment for your Cardiff adventure. Whether you're visiting for business or pleasure, you can count on us to enhance your stay.



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