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Hire a car in Cardiff

Wales’ biggest city has become a watering hole for the modern and spirited.

Constructed during Britain’s 19th-century coal boom, Cardiff was once one of the busiest ports in the world. The city’s black gold didn’t make it much of a destination then, but it has successfully revamped itself since the 1990s.

The Welsh capital has been ranked as one of the most social and fastest growing cities in the UK. Finally, Cardiff has found its true colours.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Cardiff?
A. Five to six days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Cardiff?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Cardiff?
A. Budget is the cheapest car rental brand in Cardiff, offering cars from just £11 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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A drive away

The Brecon Beacons

Although it may be the least sought after of Wales’ three national parks, Brecon Brecon is still a top destination for hikers and nature lovers. And as the closest park to Cardiff, it makes a fitting day trip.

Amongst its grassy hillsides lies quiet villages, tumbling waterfalls, lakes, and rocky climbs. As well, you’ll find Pen y Fan mountain, which at 886-metres high, is the highest point in southern Britain. The vast, airy landscape is ideal for stargazers, and anyone looking for an escape from the city.

Brecon Beacons also features some stunning historical sites, with medieval castles and abbey ruins. Travelling along the Brecon Mountain Railway on a steam train makes a fun and alternative type of sightseeing trip through the park. It is one of the most popular vintage railway routes in Wales.

The ultimate Cardiff road trip

  • Cardiff Airport CWL

    The busiest airport in Wales.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Desks are located in the terminal building with the cars being picked up from the short stay car park.

  • Caerphilly Castle – 12km

    Famous for its leaning tower and its elaborate network of motes and dams.

  • Dan-yr-Ogof Caves  – 66km

    A 17km cave system, which includes a Cathedral Cave with enormous caverns, carved out millions of years ago.

  • Mumbles  – 42km

    A busy seaside resort on Swansea Bay with the peninsula’s only surviving working lighthouse.

  • Rhossili  – 26km

    A small village within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, here you will find the landmark Helvetia Shipwreck.

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Food and brews

Welsh specialties

Welsh Cake Don’t be deceived, these are not scones. Though made with similar ingredients, they are cooked on a griddle rather than baked and often dusted with sugar.

Welsh Rarebit No rabbits here, but it is possibly the world’s best cheese on toast. A heaping amount of cheese is mixed with beaten eggs and milk, then seasoned and baked till golden and melty.

Laverbread Known as the “Welshman’s caviar”, this may not look appealing, but it’s nevertheless a Welsh delicacy. Made of seaweed collected from the coast, the slimy green sludge has an intense flavor and offers up some great health benefits.

Beer The huge surge of microbreweries in Wales has led to a extensive range of quality craft brews. You can find hoppy Welsh ales as well as traditional brews in pubs across the UK.

Cider The little nation has a big reputation when it comes to producing award-winning ciders, which they show off at their numerous cider festivals.

Local knowledge

Get to know Cardiff

Cardiff’s culture represents a characteristic Welsh style. Its nearby castles and fluttery language showcase the city’s heritage while music and art reflect its modern cultural achievements. Not to mention it’s the home of children’s literary great, Roald Dahl.

Rugby is the nation’s quintessential sport, it's hard to say if there is anything the Welsh love more. If you haven’t experience Cardiff on a match day, then you’re probably missing out. The city has become a leading place to watch major sporting events.

The list of of pubs, bar and clubs in Cardiff is extensive. And with the 8th largest university in the UK, there is always a party somewhere. Cardiffians have a reputation for knowing how to have a good time.

The city’s six glass-covered shopping arcades were all the buzz during the Victorian era, are still are. Besides great amounts of cheese you can find the world’s oldest record shop.

City insights

At the heart of the city is its most recognizable landmark, Cardiff Castle. A mosaic of 2000 years of history, this castle is a leading heritage attraction and site of international significance. It is surrounded by green parklands and provides a spectacular views over Cardiff from its fantasy-like towers.

The attractive waterside district on Cardiff Bay is filled with bars, restaurants and shops. The rejuvenated harbour has come a long way sinces its days as a sooty coal port.

The Wales Millennium Centre is considered one of the top performing arts centres in the country and a grand architectural achievement. It has come to represent the city’s redesign of itself and surrounding environment.

Principality Stadium is Cardiff’s iconic venue for sports, concerts and exhibitions. The stadium is home to the Welsh national rugby team and is claimed to be the “best rugby venue in the world”.

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