How Safe Is Cardiff for Travel?

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff is the capital of Wales in the United Kingdom.

The city had a bad reputation for being an industrial city, but that has all changed in the past couple of years and the city is known as a modern capital that is gaining more and more popularity with tourists – it’s even becoming a new tourist hot spot.

Cardiff is an amazing city, being perfectly small and compact and with everything, you could wish for.

It used to be much cheaper than most of the cities in the UK, but now that it is recognized as a great place to live, prices are on the increase.

Warnings & Dangers in Cardiff

Overall Risk


Cardiff is a very safe city, certainly safer than most other major cities in the UK. If you apply basic precaution rules, that should minimize the risk of something going wrong.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation and taxis are generally safe and reliable in Cardiff, but do be careful in public transport, as it's a place where pickpockets operate.

Pickpockets Risk


As in any European top destination, there are pickpockets at popular tourist landmarks in Cardiff. Follow your common sense and remain vigilant at all times, especially in public transportation and at crowded stations.

Natural Disasters Risk


There is no particular threat of natural disasters in Cardiff, except for some earthquakes that happen now and then.

Mugging Risk


There are low chances of getting mugged or kidnapped in this city, although it is advised to remain cautious and avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and areas. If you find yourself in such a situation, hand over your belongings immediately.

Terrorism Risk


The United Kingdom has recently been targeted by terrorist attacks and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.

Scams Risk


As in any city, especially a top tourist destination, there is a risk of getting scammed. Be wary of people trying to distract you or offering you unwanted help, check your change twice and always negotiate every service beforehand.

Women Travelers Risk


Cardiff is very safe to travel to if you are a female traveling solo. Apart from few general precaution rules you should apply, such as not walking alone in poorly lit and deserted areas, not finding yourself in a strange company at night, etc, you can relax because Cardiff is very safe in this respect.

So... How Safe Is Cardiff Really?

Cardiff is a relatively safe city to visit, definitely safer than most major cities in the UK.

Like everywhere Cardiff has its bad places and its good places.

But it couldn’t be said that any place in Cardiff is dangerous or should be avoided.

The known rougher parts of Cardiff are Riverside, Llanrumney, Plasnewydd, Splott, and Tremorfa and this is where you should practice caution, even though, again, these areas are simply poorer and not necessarily more dangerous.

East of the city is Llanrumney, Trowbridge and St. Mellons – all ex-council housing estates.

This part of the city does house some of the most socially deprived families and families on low incomes so parts of the neighborhoods do face many of those challenges that plague social deprivation.

If you want a good neighborhood in Cardiff you are going to have to pay for it. Whitchurch, Old St Mellons, some parts of Pontprennau, Lisvane, Radyr, Llandaff, Pontcanna, Lakeside, and Penylan – these are all well off neighborhoods, but living there costs a lot.

That said, regardless of how wealthy or poor the area, you will find the people of Cardiff friendly, charitable and kind.

It’s a multicultural, multinational melting pot of a wonderful place to live, wherever you decide to settle.

How Does Cardiff Compare?

CitySafety Index
Northern Ireland56
Melbourne (Australia)80
Montreal (Canada)81
Sydney (Australia)80

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in Cardiff. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in most cities in the country are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation.
  • Weather - The weather in Cardiff is mild with cool summers. The rainfall in Cardiff is significant, with precipitation even during the driest month.
  • Airports - Cardiff is served by Cardiff International Airport. The airport is situated some 12 miles to the south-west of the city in the Vale of Glamorgan.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Cardiff, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Cardiff Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 7° C
Apr 8° C
May 11° C
Jun 14° C
Jul 16° C
Aug 16° C
Sep 15° C
Oct 12° C
Nov 8° C
Dec 6° C
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2 Reviews on Cardiff

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    David Thomas says:

    I’ve lived all over the world, now home in Cardiff. There is much more to see than people realise in Cardiff and the area around the city. A great place place to visit which will surprise people, but a little more dangerous than you might expect – avoid aggressive beggars and drunks!

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    Anthony (Aja) Allsop says:

    Safe but stay alert !

    Having been born and bred in east London,i am used to the worst of places,Cardiff overal is a lovely place to live but i have noticed over the last couple of years the number of beggars have grown a lot,and dont go into the city centre when rugby is on ! lot’s of drunks everywhere other than than that it has everything you want,check out Cardiff bay lot’s of bars,restaurants and this is where Torchwwod was filmed.

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