Learn all about Cardiff from its unique landmarks like the Millennium Stadium and the Wales Millennium Centre to its rich cultural hotspots like Cardiff Bay and Cardiff Castle.
Cardiff is the capital city of Wales, Europe’s youngest capital and one of the fastest-growing cities and tourist destinations in Britain. Cardiff's recent redevelopment has resulted in world-class sporting and entertainment venues that must be visited. Add to this excellent shopping, diverse restaurants and plenty of art, history and culture, and Cardiff is an ideal holiday destination to keep the family happy.
Culture & heritage
Wales is the land of castles, and Cardiff itself is home to a huge number of castles and historic sites. Cardiff’s history dates back to Roman times, and Cardiff Castle, right at the heart of the city, is well worth a visit, from its magnificent Norman keep to the decadent and luxurious interiors of the Victorian castle.
When you visit Cardiff, you’ll find the ‘big 3’ attractions – Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum all close to each other in the city centre. But there are great attractions to be found all over the city – on Cardiff Bay there’s the Wales Millennium Centre and Techniquest, and on the outskirts of Cardiff you’ll find the fairytale Castell Coch.
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Food & drink
As with most of Wales, Cardiff has a growing reputation for fine dining. This is down to great local chefs, and even better local produce – Welsh lamb and beef, fresh seafood and organic vegetables. In the city’s Brewery Quarter you’ll find a range of great restaurants with an endless choice of cuisine.
If you come to Cardiff to shop, you won’t be disappointed. Queen Street is the city’s main shopping area, where you’ll find your favourite high street shops. If you prefer everything under one roof, head to St David’s Shopping Centre; and for unique boutiques and cafés, the Victorian Arcades are a must-see.
When it comes to sport, Cardiff is a genuine all-rounder. Cardiff is home to the world famous Millennium Stadium, home of Welsh football and rugby and the temporary home of the FA Cup final from 2001-2006. And for golf fans, the Celtic Manor Resort, just 20 minutes from Cardiff, hosted the Ryder Cup tournament in 2010.
Music & nightlife
Cardiff’s lively nightlife scene centres around St Mary Street, which has a wide choice of bars, pubs and clubs all in one street. Greyfriars Road is home to great cocktail and wine bars, and Cardiff Bay is one of the city’s favourite spots for nightlife. Mill Lane in the city centre is home to a number of bars, clubs & restaurants and is the perfect place to sit and people watch.
There’s so much to see and do in Cardiff, so don’t waste time in queues, buy your train tickets, travel passes and attraction tickets online! And make sure you see all the castles Wales has to offer – the National Trust Touring Pass gives you free entry to over 350 of England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s finest castles, historical homes and gardens.
Top daytime must-do's
1. Discover Cardiff Castle, inspiring and flamboyant in the centre of the city.
2. The new Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay is a must for fans of the show, filmed in Cardiff.
3. Go back in time at St Fagans, National History Museum to learn about Welsh life through the ages.
4. Enjoy the panoramic views across Cardiff Bay whilst dining in one of Mermaid Quay’s many restaurants.
Top night-time must-do's
1. Catch a world-class show at the Wales Millennium Centre.
2. Enjoy alfresco dining on Mill Lane and watch the world go by.
3. Experience the culture of Chapter Arts Centre – a gallery, museum, cinema and canteen.
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