Our newest route, Guernsey - Cardiff, ends its inaugural summer seasonal run on 30 September. Here's five reasons to treat yourself to a weekend away in the Welsh capital...

 

davids hotel

Image credit: © St David's Hotel
1. Get a Great Hotel
Stay at the St David’s Hotel, with its stunning views over Cardiff Bay. An iconic building itself, it’s just two miles from the City Centre, and near to all the action. A mere 10 minute taxi ride from Cardiff central station and a 20 minute walk from the city centre, you’re well placed for a good old fashioned explore, getting your nose into everything Cardiff has to offer. With plenty of shops nearby, it’s also easy to pop back and drop off what you’ve been spending your hard earned cash on, before heading out again. Well-appointed rooms, a bar, pool, spa, restaurant and sauna are also on hand to help you unwind.

 

Dr Who Experience

Image credit: © Doctor Who Experience
2. Cross the Universe
As our service enters its final weeks for 2017, make the most of visiting a tourist attraction in the city which will also shortly come to an end. After five years, the Doctor Who Experience is closing its doors. But fear not because a whole summer of special activities and a displays featuring props and costumes from the latest season. This is a fully interactive experience, which sees you and the Doctor embarking on a journey to tackle a threat which could destroy the Universe forever. And seeing as it’s got less than a month left, this truly is your last chance to save humanity.

 

Cardiff Shopping Centre

Image credit: © St David's Cardiff
3. Shop
Recently bestowed with the title “sixth best place to shop in the UK” it would be a crime* not to break out the credit card for some retail therapy. St David’s Shopping centre is the place to go, with big named brands such as Apple, Primark, Disney and Lego, to name literally but a few, you’ll be able to spend many, many hours browsing, buying and wondering just how you’re going to fit everything in your house. There’s tonnes of restaurants and coffee shops to keep you energised and make sure that “shop till you drop” doesn’t happen until very late in the day.

 

Potted Pig

Image credit: © Potted Pig
4. Treat Yourself at a Fantastic Restaurant
Once you’re done there, head over to the beautifully named Potted Pig for a delicious evening meal. Observer food critic Jay Rayner called it “a gift for the city” when it opened, and given the continued and near endless five star Trip Advisor reviews, it seems to be the gift which keeps on giving. Location wise alone it’s something to write home about, summed up neatly in four words: brick lined bank vault. A self-confessed passion for British food oozes throughout the menu, and potentially even better than that – depending on your point of view – they adore gin. Truly, properly love the stuff, so much they’ve got 30 different ones on offer.

 

Millenium Centre

Image credit: © Wales Millenium Centre
5. Get some Culture
After that, head to the Wales Millennium Centre to catch a show. Between now and when we say Hwyl fawr to our seasonal service, they’ve got smash hit musical comedy Hairspray the Musical, what’s billed as the “ultimate feel-good musical” Crazy for You, along with the Fault Towers Dinning Experience. Which, if you’re a fan of not getting what you ordered, will be marvellous. A fully immersive experience with nearly three-quarters of the show improvised, no two shows are said to be alike, so if you’re in Cardiff for two nights on the trot – test that theory out.

*completely untrue

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