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Take advantage of hassle-free travel in a city where new and old live in harmony. Explore the famous sights of the Castle and the Millennium Stadium plus Cardiff Bay, Europe’s largest waterfront development. Packed full of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment, there’s something for everyone. All this plus you are only a short drive away from the rugged coastlines and rolling countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan.

Avis car rental in the city

Our two branches are conveniently located, whichever way you’re heading. Our car hire service provides a flexible and easy way to discover this beautiful city at your own pace. Travel at your leisure to the charming seaside towns of Penarth and Barry, or Caerphilly to the north: home to a great mediaeval castle and, of course, the famous cheese of the same name.

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Things to see and do in the city
Boasting an impressively regenerated waterfront and magnificent national sports stadium, the vibrant city of Caerdydd has the true atmosphere of an international capital. Rest assured there’s plenty to see and do while enjoying the city’s youthful energy and buzz. With small or large car hire available, the city is just waiting to be explored. The many sights include the Castle, an unusual mix of Roman remains, Norman Keep and Victorian whimsy. The castle grounds also play host to the Great British Cheese Festival in September each year, a popular event showcasing the finest in British cheese and home to the World Cheese Tossing Championships.
The iconic Millennium Stadium in the centre of town is an impressive sight. The home of Welsh Rugby, it hosts Six Nations and Autumn International Series games. It is also the venue for concerts by international artists. Cardiff Bay is almost like a city apart with its shops, hotels and restaurants. The Wales Millennium Centre with its distinctive façade is a cultural landmark and home for the performing arts, standing beside the Grade 1 listed Pierhead building. The Norwegian Church, where Roald Dahl was christened, is now an arts centre and café with a Nordic twist.
Lest we forget one of the biggest attractions in the area: the interactive Doctor Who Experience. Travel through time in the famous Tardis and come face-to-face with the Daleks – if you’re feeling brave enough. You’ll also find the largest ever collection of original Doctor Who props and various other exhibits, including the entire collection of costumes from 1963 to the present day. The series is filmed on location in and around Cardiff so the city can rightfully, and proudly, be called the home of this iconic character.
The Welsh capital also ranks high in the retail stakes, with its Edwardian and Victorian arcades and modern shopping centres. All this retail therapy can work up an appetite but thankfully, the city boasts some of the best international restaurants in Wales (and indeed the UK), whether you are keen to try traditional Welsh fare or something different. Not to mention the cafés, bars, pubs, clubs… the Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay offers all this alongside beautiful waterside views.

Venture further afield with weekend car hire

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, you don’t have to travel very far in your Avis rental car: Penarth and Barry are a short drive along the coast. The beach and Pleasure Park at Barry Island are popular attractions, plus you can revisit the “Age of Steam” at the Railway Heritage Centre.
It’s not just the capital that has an impressive castle; drive just eight miles north of the city and you will hit Caerphilly, home to one of the great mediaeval castles of western Europe. The fortress sprawls over a large area and is surrounded by a series of moats and watery islands. The castle also plays host to The Big Cheese Festival in July, a free event featuring street entertainers, a traditional funfair, falconry and fire eating, amongst other things.
The Brecon Beacons National Park is only 42 miles north. The wild open spaces, valleys, waterfalls and caves provide a stunning backdrop to your Welsh adventure. You can take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway and even explore a coal mine at Big Pit. Once you’ve arrived, the Beacons can be explored on foot, by bike or even on horseback.
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