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Things to Do in Cardiff Near Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport

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Don't Go Home Without

St. Fagans National History Museum is one of the city's best-loved attractions, an easy 20 minutes by car from the hotel. The open-air museum sits in the grounds of St. Fagans Castle and offers an insight into Welsh life. The site contains more than 40 reconstructed buildings in sprawling parkland, and hosts traditional craft demonstrations and seasonal celebrations.

Must See

Imposing Cardiff Castle stands in the heart of the city, less than half an hour's drive from the hotel. The ancient castle was transformed into a flight of whimsical fancy in the Victorian era. Culture fans can discover the castle's long history, while kids are likely to be mesmerised by the colourful, fanciful interiors. Be sure to head down to the underground network of WWII air-raid shelters.

Must Do

Around 10 minutes' by car from the hotel, Barry Island Pleasure Park is a family favourite. Overlooking Whitmore Bay, the amusement park features countless fairground rides. Little ones can ride the Apple Coaster or a traditional carousel, while teenagers can whirl at top speed on adrenaline rides. If you prefer natural thrills, the Brecon Beacons' hiking paths are less than an hour's drive north.

Local Tips

The Castle Emporium is a quirky market held in a former art deco cinema, not far from Cardiff Castle. You can while away hours rummaging through the eclectic mix of vintage clothing, one-of-a-kind gifts and unusual trinkets. Housed in the grand Old Library building, The Cardiff Story is a great place to learn a little about the city's history through interactive exhibits.

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