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Hertz in Cardiff

Cardiff is a destination that has really come to the fore as a cultural capital in recent years. The city that was once best known as the world's largest coal port and the birthplace of Dame Shirley Bassey is now widely renowned for its revived Victorian shopping arcades, burgeoning art scene and world-class collection of Impressionist art.

Huge new developments such as the Welsh National Assembly and Millennium Centre on the rejuvenated waterfront, as well as the impressive Principality Stadium – the home of Welsh rugby - have given Cardiff a new lease of life and transformed it into one of the United Kingdom’s most popular cities to visit.

Hiring a car and exploring the surrounding coastline and countryside is also a fantastic way to make the most of a visit to Cardiff, taking you out of the city to discover the pristine golden beaches of the beautiful Gower Peninsula, the rugged mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and mystical ancient monuments aplenty. 

Hertz Cardiff Locations

Cardiff International Airport

Rhoose, , South Glamorgan, , Wales
+44-(0)-1446-711722

Bessemer Road

Bessemer Road, Wales
44-0-2920-224548

A quick guide to Cardiff

Cardiff’s central sights are wedged between the main shopping streets and the university campus. Here stands the extraordinary castle, an amalgam of Roman remains, Norman keep and Victorian Gothic revival fantasy. If the weather’s nice, take a stroll in the castle’s former garden, Bute Park, named after the third Marquess of Bute, whose family built the 19th-century pile around its Norman predecessor. Not far from the castle is the superb National Museum, sporting an extensive collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art donated to the nation by coal-money heiresses the Davies sisters in the 1950s.

Rugby-mad nation

South from Bute Park, along the banks of the River Taff, stands the city’s magnificent Principality Stadium, which hosts live music and sporting events but is, most importantly, the home of Welsh Rugby Union. Rugby is so much more than just the national sport here, it’s very much a religion in Wales. Attending an international match here is an unforgettable experience, especially during the national anthems when 75,000 Welsh fans sing in spine-tingling harmony.

Bay Watch

A few kilometres south of the centre is Cardiff Bay, the city’s former dock area, which has been redeveloped over the past 20 years into an attractive waterside space. Here, you’ll find the wonderful, armadillo-shaped Wales Millennium Centre, a vibrant venue for theatre and music events topped with a graceful bronze-tinted stainless-steel shell that soars over the surrounding rooftops. Next door is the Richard Rogers-designed Senedd, the home of the National Assembly. Continuing along the waterfront, the Norwegian Church and Arts Centre is where Cardiff-born children’s author Roald Dahl was baptised.

Seaside sights

An hour’s drive west of the capital, just beyond the town of Swansea, is the old-fashioned resort of Mumbles, gateway to the magnificent Gower (Gŵyr) peninsula, an area fringed by sweeping bays of flawless yellow sand and a series of inlets and cliffs, all just waiting to explored. The more adventurous can follow the 8km-long path that stretches all the way to the peninsula’s glorious westernmost point, Worms Head.

Mountain highs

An hour north of Cardiff is the lovely little town of Abergavenny, famous for its annual food festival held in September. The town is nestled below the Black Mountains, which form part of the spectacular Brecon Beacons National Park, a vast area spread over 1300 square km and a popular destination for walkers.

The glories of the Brecons can be explored with car rental in Cardiff, and you could also head from Abergavenny to the nearby former iron and coal town of Blaenafon (or Blaenavon) and visit the 18th century ironworks, one of the largest in Britain until it closed in 1900. Also here is the evocative Big Pit National Mining Museum, where you’ll be kitted out with lamp, helmet and battery pack before being lowered 300ft into the labyrinth of shafts and coalfaces.

A 40-minute drive South East from Abergavenny is the once-mighty Tintern Abbey, founded in 1131 by Cistercian monks from Normandy, with its magnificent Gothic church. A short way south from here are the imposing remains of Chepstow Castle. This ancient Norman castle, built in the 11th century, stands defiantly high above the River Wye and is one last, final testament to Cardiff’s historical importance.

Driving in and around Cardiff

Cardiff is a relatively small city and getting around in your car is straightforward. We have pick-up locations both in the city centre and at the airport, which is a 30-minute drive west on the A4232. The M4 motorway runs west from London crossing into Wales at the Severn Bridge (toll payable) all the way to Swansea and beyond. Cardiff is easily connected to the M4 by the A4232 link road, which takes you into the heart of Cardiff Bay.

Alternatively, you can access the M4 via the A470 (also called Northern Avenue) which meets the A48 on the northern edge of the city before continuing to the city centre. The A48 bisects the city from east to west, leaving the M4 at junction 29 and running in a south-westerly direction through the northern suburbs to meet the A4232 link road on the west side of the city on the way to and from the airport.

The M4 will take you to the Gower Peninsula. It’s around an hour to the pretty headland at Mumbles, turning off at the A483 to Swansea. Chepstow Castle (50 minutes) and Tintern Abbey (1 hour) are reached via the A48 and M4, while Abergavenny is an hour north-east of Cardiff on the A48, M4, A449 and A40. East of the Severn Bridge, the M4 meets the M5, which heads north towards the city of Birmingham and south to Bristol.

Cardiff has plenty of available parking, but note that many parts of the centre are now part of a cashless scheme, meaning that you have to obtain your parking permit by phone, internet or phone app – speak to our local teams for help with this.

In the UK you’ll drive on the left hand side of the road and overtake on the right, and speed limits are shown in miles per hour. They vary by area but are clearly signposted. Seat belts are compulsory for the driver and all passengers, while it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.

HERTZ CARDIFF LOCATIONS

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Cardiff International Airport

Address:Rhoose, , South Glamorgan, , Wales

Phone:+44 (0) 1446 711722

Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) May-28 Oct: Mo-Fr 0800-2230, Sa 0900-1700, Su 1000-1800 // 29 Oct-Apr: Mo-Th 0800-2200, Fr 0800-2230, Sa 0900-1700, Su 1000-1930

Bessemer Road

Address:Bessemer Road, Wales

Phone:44-0-2920-224548

Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1730, Sa 0900-1200 Su closed