Cardiff Basic Information
Cardiff has been dubbed ‘the capital city in the countryside’. The Welsh city has been tirelessly regenerating its centre and surrounding areas with points of interest that predominately represent Cardiff’s history and culture. The revived and thriving port is an excellent example of this as it shows the city’s founding roots and the success it has found from it, both in its heyday and regenerated state. Cardiff Castle in the CBD provides the backbone for the city, while new additions point out that Cardiff is a modern city that is proud of its past.
Australian passport holders looking to visit the UK for less than 6 months do not require a visa. If you are planning on staying longer than 6 months, or looking to study or work in Cardiff, then you’ll need to apply for a visa before you travel. Your type and length of study or work will determine what type of visa you can apply for. You may also be eligible for a working visa if you are a Commonwealth citizen or have UK ancestry. All foreigners are required to register their place of residence within 24 hours of arrival. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local British embassy.
The UK uses the British Pound as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and British Pound changes constantly, so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase Pounds when the rate is at its best. For safe spending overseas, it’s also recommended to bring a credit card or travel money card with you. A Multi-currency Cash Passport™ allows you to transfer money onto the card in Pounds and other currencies and then access the local currency with a much lower fee than a typical bankcard. Always tell your bank or credit card company your travel dates before you leave so you can easily access your money from overseas.
With a growing reputation for its range of cuisines and restaurant culture, visitors to Cardiff are spoilt for choice. The country landscape defines the local dishes with Wales’ national vegetable of the leek and plentiful livestock roaming the fields. Traditional Welsh favourites are anything from mint-seasoned roast lamb to stews made from the most succulent cuts of meat. Cosy pubs can be found on Quay Street and owners take pride in providing a great community atmosphere and high-quality bevvies (mostly beers and ciders) along with a tasty Welsh meal. International restaurants have also popped up as the area has become a major tourist destination. The proximity to the sea allows for some fantastic seafood dishes to be served up with unrivalled freshness. Visitors love to immerse themselves in the annual Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival, which takes place every July. The festival takes over Cardiff’s Bay with hundreds of stalls offering tasty treats to both try and buy.
With more pubs per square metre than anywhere else in Britain, you’re guaranteed a top night out in Cardiff. Most of Cardiff’s late-night pubs and clubs can be found on St Mary Street in the city centre and are guaranteed to be busy over the weekend. During the week and, in particular, Wednesday nights, students from Cardiff University tend to go out for cheap deals and a good time. If people-watching in a swanky cocktail bar is your thing, check out the city venues along Mill Lane or around Café Corner. The redeveloped bay area is also brimming with venues and has a beautiful waterfront backdrop. If you like your pint with a side of sport, be sure to visit Cardiff in the spring or autumn for the rugby - the ‘gent’s sport’ that runs through the veins of the city.