Service from Birmingham to Cardiff runs 4 times a day from just after 11:00 a.m. until the last bus at shortly before 7:00 p.m. All connections for this 2.5 to 3 hour journey are direct. On Sunday, there is an extra bus added to the regular schedule that departs shortly before 9:00 p.m.
Birmingham, located in the West Midlands, is the second largest city in England and is home to a variety of cultural attractions and shopping choices that make it an exciting tourist destination. To explore the history of the city, visit Aston Hall, a restored Jacobean mansion featuring period rooms and artwork, and the Jewellery Quarter, a historical area of the city known for its beautiful, varied architecture and its multitude of tiny jewellery workshops. For art, head to the Ikon Gallery, an innovative contemporary arts space, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts; a small gallery with an excellent permanent collection. For shopping, head to the Custard Factory, a market area with plenty of quirky independent shops selling vintage and handmade goods.
Cardiff, the capital of Wales and an old industrial city, has recently reemerged as a leading tourist destination and the center of Welsh culture, coming to be known as the city of castles. During your visit to this seaside city, be sure to visit at least one of its many castles. Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city is an especially good place to start before making your way to Castell Coch, a fairytale castle nestled in the outskirts of the city. Sports fans should go for a tour and a game at the Millenium Stadium while those who prefer theatre or music should catch a show at The Wales Millenium Centre, an outstanding, futuristic piece of modern architecture. History buffs shouldn’t miss St. Fagan’s Natural History Museum, an open air conglomeration of relocated and reconstructed buildings from around Wales that details the history of Wales.