Cardiff Airport dates back all the way to the early 1940s where the land space was initially acquired to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base for the Royal Air Force. It was only converted into an airport in 1952 after the need for a commercial airport arose and was named Rhoose Airport before changing to its current name Cardiff Airport. Currently, Cardiff Airport is the only airport in Wales to offer international flights for scheduled, low-cost, charter and business airlines, mostly to Spain, Ireland and The Netherlands.
Stepping into the largest city of Wales and ninth largest city of the United Kingdom via Cardiff Airport, you will get to experience a modest range of dining and shopping offerings for you to relax after your long flight halfway around the globe. Allowing travellers to explore Cardiff without the unnecessary baggage, Cardiff Airport launched a free Buy Now, Collect Later service which literally allows customers to buy now and collect later on their departure. Forex enthusiasts could also make use of the booking service to buy currency from the airport even before arriving, securing a good exchange rate when there is one. Kids and the young at heart can also have a round of Street Fighter at the Games Zone in Cardiff Airport.
Not too far away, at 19km, from the airport is Cardiff’s city centre. Exiting the terminal, a bus stop greets you immediately as the most convenient mode of transport to the city. The Cardiff Airport Express is a bus that skips all intermediate stops to bring you to the city efficiently and their coach-style leather chairs, Wi-Fi service and extra luggage space guarantees a comfortable ride. Otherwise, hop onto the other bus, service 905, which will bring you to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Station - the railway station with trains running to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. If your luggage is too heavy to handle up the buses and trains, hop onto a taxi. Do note that taxis do not run by the meter and are all pre-quoted!
Exploring Cardiff will be of interest to many as Cardiff hosts a variety of architecture, ports, castles, sport stadiums and parks. Interestingly, Cardiff is built over reclaimed land, making the area relatively flat and suitable for walking tours and cycling tours. At the heart of Cardiff city centre is St Fagans with the National History Museum, a large open air museum with many buildings inside, and in the middle of the buildings the Welsh National War Memorial. Step into a land of fairytale in the many castles of Cardiff including Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch, Bishop’s Place and St Fagan’s Castle, but do not be too ambitious as Cardiff claims to be the city with the highest concentrations of castles!
Catch a performance at the largest and most prominent art venue Wales Millennium Centre or watch football at the new Cardiff City Stadium. Shopaholics will be glad to know that Cardiff is in the top 10 retail destinations in UK, and spending a day on Queen Street or St. Mary Street will leave you wanting more and more. Don’t forget about your purchases waiting at the airport too!