Cardiff

A thriving cultural hub and the capital of Wales, Cardiff is home to the Welsh National Opera, Orchestra, Theatre and Dance companies as well as its National Assembly.

With an estimated 18 million people visiting the city annually, it’s by far the most popular tourist destination in Wales, spurred on in part by the rich rugby heritage as well as the regeneration of the city’s waterfront by Cardiff Bay. It now boasts the Millennium Centre and a plethora of buzzy bars, cafes and shops in the area and nearby Mermaid Quay. There’s also a rich historical heritage with Cardiff Castle dating back to Roman times and the National Cardiff Museum featuring many great masterpieces of Welsh history.

Of course, for fans of Gavin & Stacey, there’s also the option of a day trip to Barry Island for a spot of ‘lush’ sightseeing. Just two hours from Paddington, it’s a wonderful destination for a weekend away, business meeting, conference or wedding – with many fabulous grand country house hotels and event spaces in the city and nearby outskirts.