caaerphilly-castleLike most of Wales, Cardiff has a reputation for being cold and wet for most of the year. However, this is far from true and the summers in particular tend to be warm and sultry allowing visitors plenty of opportunities to spend time soaking up the sun on nearby beaches. Along with a little planning it is possible to have a fantastic vacation in Cardiff while avoiding most of the bad weather. Cardiff experiences unpredictable weather due to its location on the Severn estuary, and therefore feels the direct effects of the Atlantic Ocean.

The best time to visit is undoubtedly in the summer, from June to early September, with the hottest months being July and August, where temperatures often reach the high 20s. June sees the least amount of rainfall, as well as receiving the most daylight hours. The city is also less crowded with tourists making for an altogether better holiday.

October to February is the coldest and wettest time of the year; temperatures often dips below freezing in December, January and February. If you plan on visiting Cardiff during the wintertime make sure you bring a thick coat, a scarf and an umbrella.

Most visitors travel to Cardiff in the spring and summer, generally from May to September, and accommodation is often fully booked during this time making on-the-spot reservations very difficult. While the summertime is the busiest time in Cardiff, hotels are also busy in the wintertime.

The main hotel area in Cardiff is in the city center, near the train station and also near Bute Park. Most of these hotels are popular chain hotels and are quite expensive, although there is also a profusion of smaller, independently owned establishments in these areas. If you happen to be staying farther out of the city, you will find your way around easily as public transport in the city is excellent. The overriding factor, however, is to book ahead as far as you can.