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Driving to Cardiff

A Motorists guide to Cardiff - directions, parking and more



Area Map

Directions

Arriving / Parking

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Cardiff has only been the Welsh capital since 1955, and its youth is evident in the urban regeneration the city has been undergoing in recent years. This fact together with the influx of students to the city has meant that Cardiff now has countless shops, eateries and a thriving nightlife with which to entertain its visitors.

Cardiff Castle is one of the main stops for tourists. The tower offers magnificent views, while the gardens are populated by geese, peacocks and ducks. St. Mary’s Street, which leads up to the castle has many independent shops.

There are plenty of museums to wander around in, the National Museum of Wales is the main one, with a collection of Welsh, European, and French Impressionist art. You’ll find the museum in Cathay Park, also home to the Civic Centre, the Law Courts of 1906, and the University College.

There is plenty in terms of entertainment. The Welsh National Opera and Welsh Proms may be of interest to some, whilst many rock and pop concerts take place at the Millenium Stadium, also home to the Welsh rugby team.

The waterfront area has an array of bars and restaurants, and the Café Quarter contains, most appropriately, cafes and more drinking holes.

Map of the area



Speed limits around Cardiff

Speed Limits

Motorway: 70 mph
Dual Carriageway: 70 mph
Rural: 60 mph
Urban: 30 mph

Distances from Cardiff to...

All of these places are within a few hours drive from Cardiff
PlaceDistance km (miles)
(Point to Point)

Town
Bath, England58 km (36 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Longleat Forest, England73 km (45 miles)

Attraction
Stonehenge, England99 km (61 miles)

Town
Stratford, England128 km (79 miles)

Town
Birmingham, England142 km (88 miles)

Attraction
Silverstone Circuit, England162 km (101 miles)

Attraction
Thorpe Park, England185 km (115 miles)

Attraction
Alton Towers, England189 km (117 miles)

Town
London, England211 km (131 miles)

Town
Manchester, England231 km (143 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Sherwood Forest, England236 km (147 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Elveden Forest, England281 km (175 miles)

Town
Dublin, Ireland290 km (180 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Whinfell Forest, England353 km (219 miles)

Town
Cork, Ireland369 km (229 miles)

Town
Belfast, Northern Ireland391 km (243 miles)

Attraction
Centre Parcs Les Bois-Francs, France423 km (263 miles)

Town
Bruges, Belgium445 km (276 miles)

Town
Lille, France446 km (277 miles)

Town
Derry, Northern Ireland468 km (291 miles)

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Centre Parcs Port Zélande, Netherlands487 km (302 miles)

Town
Glasgow, Scotland492 km (306 miles)

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Paris, France493 km (306 miles)

Town
Edinburgh, Scotland497 km (309 miles)

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