The castle may be ancient, but Cardiff is every inch a 21st-century metropolis.
WHERE TO WAKE UP
Splurge on an executive room on the seventh floor of the five-star Hilton where you can enjoy panoramic views of Cardiff Castle. Then I’d indulge in the spa before taking advantage of the best the capital has to offer.
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SPEND THE MORNING
Browsing the city’s array of charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades. Specialized boutiques and independent stores provide everything from classical musical instruments to bespoke cakes and fancy dress costumes.
WHERE TO LUNCH
Enjoy stunning waterfront views while tucking into modern cuisine and a big glass of red wine. This contemporary stylish restaurant provides superb value for money and sources its produce from local, organic and ethical suppliers.
SPEND THE AFTERNOON
Doctor Who Exhibit
Explore the huge collection of props and costumes worn by the Time Lord and his assistant before meeting the giant inflatable Daleks and Sonic Screwdrivers.
WHERE TO EAT DINNER
It’s all about back to basics at Jamie’s Italian, where the emphasis is on marrying simple flavours using seasonal ingredients. The feel is rustic with a modern twist. I’d grab a table on the balcony to get the best view of all the action in the galley kitchen.