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OUR SUGGESTED ITINERARIES
We know it can be hard to choose where to go with so much choice in our capital city, and it’s hard to know where is truly accessible. That’s why we have compiled two itineraries, perfect for newcomers (or returners) exploring our city.
48 HOURS IN THE CITY CENTRE (FUN, FRIENDLY AND ACCESSIBLE)
48 HOURS IN CARDIFF BAY (FUN, FRIENDLY AND ACCESSIBLE)
TRAVELLING TO & AROUND CARDIFF
If you are driving or coming by car, there is plenty Blue Badge parking for disabled visitors throughout the city, near to our biggest tourist attractions. Cardiff Council-run parking is free for blue badge holders. You can visualise our disabled car parking on our City Centre map and Cardiff Bay map – or find out more information on our car parking page. Cardiff is in the top 12 places for disabled parking in the UK.
If you are taking a bus, you’ll find the majority have low-level access (without stairs) and all local routes accept the free Wales Concessionary Bus Pass.
If you are taking a train and need assistance, you can book this up to 2 hours before through Transport for Wales Rail, or your respective train operator. Disabled visitors can benefit from using a Disabled Person’s Railcard for a third off all fares – or instead, visitors with a free Wales Concessionary Bus Pass can benefit from a third off some journeys in Cardiff and the South Wales valleys after 9:30am.
CITY CENTRE MOBILITY BUGGY
This is a free electric vehicle service for those who need help accessing the city centre. The vehicles can carry up to 3 passengers each and travel around the city centre on a flexible route, Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm and Friday 8am-3:30pm. Flag down the vehicle or book a vehicle in advance on +44 (0)29 2087 3888.
MOBILITY SCOOTERS AND WHEELCHAIRS
A free service, offering day rental of scooters and wheelchairs is available from St David’s shopping centre, on level P3 (first level of car park). However, this needs to be booked at least 48 hours in advance on their website.
It is available Monday-Saturday 10am-4:30pm and Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm.
ACCESSIBLE TOILETS & CHANGING PLACES
You can find information about Public Toilets and places on our dedicated page.
A number of venues across the city also provide accessible toilets during operational hours. These include:
You may need a RADAR key to access these, but this can be bought from Cardiff Central Library.
Changing places are available at St David’s Dewi Sant and National Museum Cardiff.
View our map page to view and download a map to help you navigate the city centre, Cardiff Bay and our neighbourhoods. Find parking information, and all the major attractions.
BRING A CARER
If you need a carer or companion to help you enjoy entertainment and activities in the city, then in many cases you can get a free carer ticket for them.
If you have a free Hynt card (Welsh residents), you’ll be able to get a free carer ticket for shows at Wales Millenium Centre, New Theatre, St David’s Hall, Sherman Theatre and Chapter (live performances).
VISITING ST DAVID’S DEWI SANT SHOPPING CENTRE
If you’re looking for information to help you navigate St David’s Dewi Sant easier, then take a look at their section on the AccessAble website which covers level access, parking, toilets and ways of receiving information and communication on your visit.
St David’s Dewi Sant also offer Stop & Drop lockers, for you to safely secure your shopping and other belongings. These cost £1 and need to be emptied before the centre closes each evening.
VISITING OTHER VENUES
A large amount of venues in the city host accessibility information on their website, explaining how they accommodate the needs of visitors and guests – and what support is available.