Rich in history and just two hours from London, we explore the opportunities for groups to enjoy great deals on trips by train to Cardiff.Wales’ capital city is an exciting, easy to access destination with a great history, spectacular shopping, museums, dining and entertainment. Well connected to central London and many other places, train operator Great Western Railway is keen to help groups visit by offering excellent rates for nine or more people, travelling by its fleet of modern comfortable trains. Arriving at the centrally located main railway station – Cardiff Central – your group can walk to many of the city’s main attractions.
The City of Cardiff
Just a short stroll from the station is the Cardiff Story which is in the historic Old Library building. It tells the story of how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s to one of the world’s biggest ports in the 1900s and to the cosmopolitan capital we know today.
More fascinating history can be discovered at Cardiff Castle located within beautiful parklands in the city centre. Its walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history but of particular note is the period from 1866, when the 3rd Marquees employed the architect William Burges to transform the Castle lodgings. Within these gothic towers, Burgess created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Several themed guided tours are available to groups.
Also popular with groups, Welsh Banquets are held in the 15th century Undercroft and feature local specialities and traditional Welsh entertainment. Nearby, National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as temporary exhibitions. Admission is free and guided tours can be arranged for groups.
Cardiff is also a great place for shopping with a combination of designer brands, high street names as well as more individual and independent shops. Keen shoppers should head for St David’s Shopping Arcade, one of the UK’s largest indoor malls but also allow time to explore one of Cardiff’s older arcades such as the Royal, Castle, High Street or Morgan.
Near the railway station, Principality Station (the Millennium Stadium) is the home of Welsh rugby and host to internationally prestigious sporting events such as the UEFA Champions League Final. Stadium Tours and Rugby Legend Tours are available.
To explore Cardiff’s waterfront, Cardiff Boat Tours operate the Princess Katherine, a 90-seater water bus, from Bute Park – which is a short stroll from the Castle. Groups can also catch the Baycar Bus or take a train from Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Bay. The bustling waterfront is a centre for arts and culture, with an amazing choice of bars and restaurants. Not to be missed is a backstage tour of the Wales Millennium Centre, a world-class arts centre staging the very best musicals, operas, ballet and concerts. Nearby, the Norwegian Church is a great place to have a snack or afternoon tea with panoramic views of the waterfront and fresh water lake. A five minute walk from the Church, the World of Boats has a unique collection of boats from around the world and through the ages while other attractions in the Bay include The Doctor Who Experience and the science centre, Techniquest.
Take a tour
One of the best ways to explore the city is on a guided tour and Cardiff Wales Guided Tours are happy to tailor-make an itinerary designed specifically for your group. These qualified Wales Blue Badge Guides can focus on specific interests such as the Victorian history of Cardiff and will introduce your members to the real Wales.
It’s easy to see that a day may not be enough to fully explore Cardiff, and there’s a range of centrally based hotel accommodation that’s perfect for groups too.
In order to explore the options why not get in touch with the GWR groups team who can help put up your plans online, so your members can readily book their places at a special discount rate. GWR can also help you make the connections you need to enjoy a great day out by train.
Once you have planned your trip you can get a special discount code from the groups team at GWR. Your members will then be able to visit the website, enter the appropriate code and book their tickets.