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The statue of Ivor Novello in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, it is an interesting and vibrant city offering plenty of retail therapy, a wide variety of restaurants and bars as well as a wealth of visitor attractions.

Blue badge holders may park free of charge in designated disabled parking bays for further information please check out the link to the relevant page on Cardiff Council website.

There is a shopmobility facility located in the Multi Storey Car Park in Mary Ann Street in the city centre (postcode for sat nav CF10 2EN)
telephone 029 2039 9355. Visitors are requested to book 24 hours in advance and take a utility bill or other item with their name and address on, when collecting hire equipment.

For accessible places to stay in the area please scroll to the bottom of the page and for a taste of some of the accessible attractions to visit in the city please read on.

 

The National Museum Wales

 

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Cardiff's National Museum Wales

The National Museum Wales is a short walk/wheel from the city centre and access is obtained by pressing a bell by a small gate on the left hand side of the main entrance, then via a lift. There are disabled parking places in front of the gallery and in the car park at the rear. The gallery has an extensive collection of paintings and sculpture and the museum, as well as housing many exhibits has a hands-on interactive area.

One of the larger exhibits

There is a restaurant / coffee shop on site. Only one gallery is not wheelchair accessible, most of the rest can be reached independently however some lifts need to be operated by a member of staff.

For more detailed accessibility information and a link to their own website please click here

 

Cardiff Castle

 

The Keep at Cardiff Castle

The Castle is located within the city centre and its history dates back 2,000 years to the end of the 50s AD when a Roman fort was established on the site which afforded a strategic position with easy access to the sea. The Castle site has undergone many changes over the ensuing years including the addition of the Keep after the Norman Conquest and a Gothic 'makeover' during the 19th Century.

 

The path to the Castle Entrance

The Interpretation Centre is wheelchair accessible with a lift to take visitors from the ground floor to the first floor exhibition, film presentation and roof terrace.

N.B. access to the Keep (shown in the photograph) which contains internal staircases is limited to visitors who are able to climb the 50 steps up to it.

For more detailed accessibility information and a link to their own website please click here

 

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Bute Park

The park is in the city centre next to the castle. The river Taff flows through the park, there are well maintained paths and beautiful herbaceous borders.

 

The Millennium Stadium

 

A view of the stadium with a new pitch laid for the start of the season

Only a short distance from the front of the park is the Millennium Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby Union. The stadium was completed in 1999 in time for Wales to host the Rugby World Cup. The stadium also hosts a wide variety of large scale events from Speedway Championships to a long list of major concerts from world famous recording artists.

Tour visitors can check out the shirt of their  favourite player in the 'Dragons Lair'

The Millennium Stadium Tours start from the Welsh Rugby Union shop in Westgate Street and last for approximately one hour. They enable visitors to see behind scenes and for many ardent rugby union  fans the highlight of the experience is to visit the 'Dragon's Lair' changing rooms of the home side. The tour guide makes the event interesting and informative and even those visitors not passionate about the sport can be caught up in the spirit of Welsh nationalism the stadium evokes.

For more detailed accessibility information about the tours and a link to their own website please click here.

 

Cardiff Bay

 

Looking at the view across Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay has undergone tremendous change in recent years and is now a busy place with lots of restaurants and bars offering a wide range of international cuisine. It has a vibrant atmosphere both during the day and in the evening. The promenade is a pleasant and accessible place for a stroll.

The ramp down to the Aquabus

 

There is a ramp down to the embarkation point at Mermaid Quay where visitors can take a trip from the bay to the city on the wheelchair accessible Aquabus for further information please e-mail info@aquabus.co.uk

 

Techniquest Cardiff Bay

 

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Techniquest Science Centre

Techniquest is a hands-on interactive science centre which is both educational and great fun for children and adults alike. There is a lot to see and do, so allow visitors will need to allow sufficient time to enjoy it fully.

 

It has good general accessibility for wheelchair users with plenty of space between exhibits and there is a cafe which serves meals as well as light refreshment.

For more detailed accessibility information and a link to their own website please click here

 

Cosmeston Medieval Village

 

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Cosmeston Medieval Village

The Medieval Village is situated within Cosmeston Lakes Country Park at Penarth about five miles from Cardiff. This part of Wales was actually part of England during the fourteenth century, the period when this living history experience was set. Tickets can be purchased for the tour in visitor centre and there is an accessible boardwalk down to the village.

Our reseacher enjoying the experience

There is a person in medieval dress waiting to escort you around explaining what life was like 600 years ago. Several of the houses have one step down into them but there is a ramp available on request to make wheelchair access easier.

For more detailed accessibility information and a link to their own website please click here

 

National History Museum

Checking out the reconstructed Celtic Village

 

The museum is located at St.Fagans about six miles north west of Cardiff. There is ample free parking and admission is free. The museum covers a 50 acre site and is home to a large collection of buildings relocated all over Wales that represent different periods in history.

Our researcher learning more about the history of the mill

Due to the historic nature of some of the buildings not all the exhibits on site are wheelchair accessible however there is so much to see and do at St Fagans that this does not detract from the visitor experience. There is also a large collection of farming vehicles and implements and an interactive gallery housed on the upper floor of the main building. Visitors will need to allow a whole day to be able to explore this large visitor attraction fully.

For more detailed accessibility information and a link to their own website please click here.

 

Caerleon Roman Fortress Baths

 

The entrance to the Baths

 

Caerleon is the site of the fifty acre Roman legionary fortress of Isca, which was the permanent base of the Second Augustan Legion in Britain from towards the end of first century of the Roman occupation (AD 75). The well preserved remains of the Fortress Baths are housed in a covered building and have recently undergone extensive refurbishment to create a unique visitor experience.

 

The overhead audio/visual projection simulating Roman children bathing in the pool

Through the aid of modern technology, visitors are able to experience the sights and sounds of the Baths as they would have been when it was in use by the Roman soldiers and their families who lived and worked at the Fortress and the Vinca surrounding it.

For more detailed accessibility information about the Baths and a link to their own website please click here.

National Roman Legion Museum

 

Some of the exhibits in this amazing collection of Roman artifacts

The Museum houses a wealth of Roman artifacts detailing both military and family life. Visitors can also walk/wheel around a Roman courtyard garden.

Visitors of all ages can try wearing Roman armour in the reconstructed Barrack Room

There is an education room for schools and groups and a programme of special events are held throughout the year. The Barrack room has been authentically recreated to enable visitors to learn more about everyday life for individual soldiers in the Roman Army.

For more detailed accessibility information about the Museum and a link to their own website please click here.

 

Caerleon Amphitheatre

 

image of the Roman Amphitheatre at Caerleon

The Roman Amphitheatre

The amphitheatre pictured above is located off of Broadway Lane and is accessed across mown grass. In fine weather, with assistance, it is possible to wheel down into the arena from a slope at the back.

A panel explains the layout and history of the amphitheatre

It is the only fully excavated amphitheatre in Britain and when it was built about AD 90 could have seated up to 6,000 spectators. It would have been used for drills and military parades as well as more barbaric practices and was kept in good repair until the Roman Army left the area in the 3rd century AD.

NB The Barracks which are on the opposite side of the street to the amphitheatre are not wheelchair accessible.

The village of Caerleon is picturesque and the buildings include a wide variety of architectural style. The Ffwrwm Arts and Craft centre which is located in the High Street has a cobbled courtyard with several shops, a tea room and small sculpture garden.

Cardiff is a city of contrast offering a wide variety of attractions that span the centuries from its historic past to the present day. It is a great place for a short city break or a longer stay.

Places to Stay

Sleeperz

image showing a daytime external view of the hotel

An external view of the hotel showing its proximity to the car park

The Sleeperz Hotel is ideally located within the city centre within easy wheeling distance of the main shopping area. It is also adjacent to Cardiff Central Railway Station, the main bus station (including the National Express coach stop) and a large taxi rank with many accessible taxis.

 

image showing the bedroom and shower room

A view of Room 02 showing the practicality of the layout

The hotel includes four designated accessible rooms and our researchers stayed in room 02, a very comfortable and practical room which was located on the lower ground floor.

 

image showing a night time view of the hotel

The restaurant affords guests excellent views of the city

The stylish hotel restaurant where guests can choose from an excellent selection of cooked and fresh dishes on the breakfast menu also serves evening meals.

For more detailed accessibility information and a link to their own website please click here .

 

Holiday Inn Express Cardiff

 

The hotel frontage

 

Our researchers have also stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Cardiff Bay on previous visits to the city. This hotel does not have any ground floor accessible rooms and the room they stayed in was on the second floor. The view from the window across the dock is extremely pleasant.

 

The view of the dock at the rear of the hotel showing the promenade

The hotel is ideally located to explore the Cardiff  Bay area and the City centre.

For more detailed accessibility information please click here

 

Travelodge Cardiff Atlantic Wharf

 

A rear view of the hotel

This hotel is also located at Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff Bay and is easily located off the main arterial networks into the city. There are six designated accessible rooms all with identical wet-rooms.

 

The cafe/bar

The hotel has a restaurant/bar located on the ground floor and is adjacent to the Red Dragon Centre with a selection of bars/restaurants and a cinema.

For more detailed accessibility information about the hotel and a link to their own website please click here.

 

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