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        About Cardiff

        Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales. The city is located within the historic county of Glamorgan, on the south coast of Wales. Cardiff is a significant tourist destination and is home to several universities, including Cardiff University, one of the largest in the United Kingdom. The history of Cardiff can be traced back to Roman times when a small fort was established on the site of the present-day castle. The fort was later expanded by the Normans, who built a new castle on the site in 1081. Cardiff first became a town in 1183 and was granted its city charter by King Edward I in 1905. During the Industrial Revolution, Cardiff became one of the largest coal ports in the world and was known as the "Coaly City". The city also became an important centre for iron and steel production. In the late 19th century, Cardiff was chosen as the new University of Wales site, which opened its doors in 1883. Today, Cardiff is a thriving, modern city with a diverse economy. The city is home to several major businesses and organizations, including the BBC, ITV Wales, S4C, and the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff is also an important cultural centre, with several museums, galleries, and theatres. Cardiff, you can find some of the UK's best shopping, nightlife and restaurants. Cardiff is the perfect destination if you're looking for a fun-filled vacation.

        Basic info and car hire in Cardiff

        • Location: United Kingdom.
        • Population: 485,000.
        • Official language: English
        • Currency: Pounds Sterling (GBP).
        • Weather: The weather in Cardiff is usually mild, with average temperatures ranging from 8-10°C in winter to 16-18°C in summer. However, the city can experience all four seasons in a single day, so it's essential to be prepared for anything! Generally, the best time to visit Cardiff is between April and October.
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: In Cardiff, the roads are generally in good condition. However, there are a few areas where potholes have developed or where the surface is uneven. These areas are usually well signposted so drivers can look out for them. In general, though, the roads in Cardiff are in good shape and provide smooth journeys for drivers and passengers alike.
        • Car hire in Cardiff: Hiring a car at Cardiff Airport with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around Cardiff and the UK. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your trip.

        Driving in Cardiff

        Cardiff is served by a good road network, making it easy to get around by car. However, a few things to bear in mind when driving in Cardiff. Be aware that traffic in Cardiff can be heavy at peak times. It's best to avoid driving during rush hour if possible. If you have to drive at these times, plan your route and allow extra time for your journey. Parking can be difficult in Cardiff, especially in the city centre. There are several public car parks around the city, but they can fill up quickly. Finally, be aware of the congestion charge. This daily charge applies to vehicles driving into the city centre during peak times. If you're planning to drive into Cardiff, check whether the congestion charge applies to your journey and factor this into your plans. Overall, driving in Cardiff is relatively straightforward. However, it's essential to be aware of the potential difficulties that you may face and plan accordingly. By doing so, you can ensure that your journey goes smoothly.

        • Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company in case your policy does not cover you when driving in the UK).
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
        • Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
        • Driving side of the road: Left.
        • Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night).
        • General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
        • Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, and the average price per hour is around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.

        Car Hire in Cardiff

        Most popular car hire at Cardiff

        The most selected hire car in Cardiff is the Fiat 500, with the Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa also being a popular option. The mini and compact car categories are the most popular car types in Cardiff. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Cardiff

        Do you want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No problem! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way rentals in many locations outside of Newcastle. A one-way rental is ideal for travelling across town or the country and saves you time by not having to return to your original site.
        Cardiff is on the south coast of Wales, and it is exciting to travel beyond Cardiff. There are many fascinating places to drive to with your hired car, such as Rhyl, Holyhead, Aberystwyth and many more! With permission of the car hire company you work with, you can even take your rental car to other places like Scotland, Northern Ireland and England and start your little UK trip. The possibilities are endless!

        Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find excellent options for one-way car hire locations all over the UK.

        Popular day trips from Cardiff

        There are plenty of great day trips that can be taken from Cardiff.

        Visit the Brecon Beacons National Park for some stunning scenery and hiking. Brecon Beacons National Park is a popular tourist destination. The park offers camping opportunities and a range of mountains that offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The highest peak in the park is Pen y Fan. Several other peaks are worth exploring, such as Cribyn and Corn Du. The Brecon Beacons National Park is also home to several waterfalls, such as the Henrhyd Falls and the Pyg Track Waterfall. The park is also home to various wildlife, such as red kites, deer, and badgers.

        Explore the medieval town of Caerphilly. It is located in the south of Wales. Caerphilly is known for its castle, one of the largest castles in Europe. The castle was built in the 13th century and used as a fortification during the Welsh Wars of Independence in the 14th century. Caerphilly also has several museums and parks in town. Caerphilly is a great place to visit if you’re interested in history or want to explore more of Wales.

        Head to the seaside town of Barry for a traditional day by the beach. Barry is located on the south coast of Wales and is the capital of the Vale of Glamorgan. The town is situated near Cardiff and is a popular tourist destination due to its scenic location and proximity to the city. Barry Island is located just off the coast of Barry and is home to several beaches and attractions. The town also has several historical landmarks, including the medieval castle of Ogmore-by-Sea.

        For something different, try exploring the abandoned mines and caverns of Big Pit National Coal Museum. The museum is located in the former mining town of Blaenavon. Big Pit was one of the largest coal mines in Europe and the last working coal mine in the UK. It closed in 2015. The museum reopened to the public in 2017 after a two-year redevelopment project.

        What to see in Cardiff

        Cardiff is a lively and vibrant city with plenty to see and do.

        Cardiff is the perfect place for you if you're a fan of the outdoors. The city has over 571 hectares of parks and green spaces, including Bute Park, Roath Park Lake and Heath Park. There are also plenty of opportunities for activities such as walking, cycling, horse riding and golf.

        Cardiff has a lot to offer for those interested in culture and history. Visit Cardiff Castle to learn about its 2,000-year history, or take a tour of Wales Millennium Centre to learn more about its architecture and design. The National Museum Cardiff is also worth a visit, as it houses art, archaeology and natural history collections.

        The main shopping street in Cardiff is Queen Street, pedestrianised and full of shops, cafes and restaurants. St David's Centre is Wales's largest indoor shopping centre and has over 200 stores. If you're looking for something more unique, head to one of the many independent shops in Cardiff, such as Spillers Records (the oldest record shop in the world), Rhiwbina Garden Village or Castle Arcade.

        And finally, no trip to Cardiff would be complete without watching a rugby match at the world-famous Millennium Stadium. Home to the Wales national rugby team, the stadium hosts matches throughout the year and other events such as concerts.

        So whether you're looking to shop, explore, party or watch sport, Cardiff has something for everyone.

        Cardiff Castle, Wales

        Cardiff Bay Cityscape

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Cardiff

        Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and is a popular tourist destination due to its many attractions and activities. The city centre is home to several restaurants, cafes and bars.

        Best restaurants and bars in Cardiff

        Coconut Tree is a restaurant that serves delicious Sri Lankan and South Indian food. The menu is extensive and includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The dishes are cooked to perfection, and the service is excellent. Coconut Tree is the perfect place to enjoy a hearty meal with family or friends. Prices are very reasonable, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Coconut Tree is highly recommended to anyone looking for a great culinary experience. Thank you, Coconut Tree!

        Chapel 1877 is located in an old chapel and has been serving traditional British food since 1877. The menu features classic dishes such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and steak and kidney pie. The restaurant also has a wide selection of wines and beers. Chapel 1877 is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended.

        The Alchemist is a restaurant that serves modern British cuisine. The menu includes seared scallops with pea purée, roasted beetroot salad with goat's cheese, and braised lamb shank with creamy mashed potatoes. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list. The Alchemist has been awarded two Michelin stars.

        The Three Elms is a quintessentially British pub located in the heart of Cardiff. This historic pub has been serving locals and visitors alike since 1892 and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. With its traditional decor, cosy atmosphere and delicious food and drink, it's easy to see why The Three Elms is such a popular spot.

        The Plymouth Arms is a popular pub located in the heart of Cardiff. The pub is well known for its lively atmosphere and a great selection of beers and ales. The Plymouth Arms is also a popular spot for live music, with many local bands performing on the weekends. If you're looking for a fun night out in Cardiff, check out the Plymouth Arms!

        The Cocktail Club in Cardiff is one of the city's best places to enjoy cocktails. With a wide range of cocktails on offer and a selection of bar snacks and sharing plates, it's the perfect place to while away an evening with friends. The staff are knowledgeable and passionate about their drinks, so you're sure to find something to suit your taste. So whether you're looking for a romantic date night spot or a fun place to party with friends, The Cocktail Club is worth a visit.

        DEPOT nightclub is one of the most popular clubs in the city. The club has a great atmosphere and is always packed with people looking to have a good time. The music at DEPOT is always top-notch, and the staff are friendly and welcoming. If you're looking for a place to party in Cardiff, then DEPOT nightclub is the place for you!


        What you need to know about renting a car

        What do I need to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 25 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Do I need car insurance in the UK?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the United Kingdom with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in the UK?

        An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

        How do I get the cheapest car in the United Kingdom?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.

        What is the cheapest rental car in the UK?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in the United Kingdom?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise Rent a Car, Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental, Europcar Rent a Car and Green motion.

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in the United Kingdom?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Volvo XC 60.

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for the UK?

        Most car rentals in the UK offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

        Find The Best Car Hire Companies In Cardiff

        • Ace Rent A Car
        • Alamo Car Hire
        • Budget Car Hire
        • Car Hire with Keddy by Europcar
        • Easirent Car Hire
        • Enterprise Rent a Car
        • Europcar
        • Green Motion Car Rental
        • National
        • Routes
        • Sixt Rent a Car
        • SurPrice

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