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Cardiff

Known for Shopping, Historical Buildings and Castles

Cardiff is a young capital, the capital of Wales since only 1955, and it is a city with all the energy, vibrancy and vigour of the young. Since the new millennium regeneration projects have seen Cardiff emerge as one of the most exciting cities in Britain. There is no end of swish eating out choices, plenty of places to enjoy a night out, impressive sporting stadiums hosting world class events, shopping options from sleek contemporary malls to beautifully decorated Victorian arcades and, of course, there’s the ultramodern waterfront development and the ancient castle as well.

How do you get to Cardiff?

Cardiff is a happening city so the only thing you can do is dive in and pack as much as you can into your stay. Here are some suggestions for starters.

Sport in Cardiff

Even if you are not a big sporting fan you can’t fail to be impressed by the grandeur and iconoclasm of the Millennium Stadium, and you’ll want to know if the Six Nations (February to March), or any other sporting event, is being held as hotels in the city will get booked up pretty quickly when this is the case.

The Millennium Stadium sits on the banks of the River Taff and the crowd’s songs cause the whole of Cardiff to reverberate to their rhythms. Get in early to book your tickets, or take a tour to see behind the scenes.

Shopping in Cardiff

Cardiff boasts one of Britain’s largest shopping centres in St David’s, but it also provides shopping experiences of a smaller and more unique kind. These include its historical arcades (such as the nineteenth century Royal which leads to the ritzy modern consumer delights of the Morgan Quarter), Jacob’s Market (a four storey bric a brac lover’s delight) and the Fashion Quarter (which is all graffiti walls, vintage clothes and independent traders).

History and Museums in Cardiff

As the home of BBC Wales, which produces Dr Who, Cardiff is no stranger to time travel. Next door to BBC Wales is the Doctor Who Exhibition where daleks, cybermen and the Doctor spring to life daily.

You can time travel in a rather more considered way by visiting Cardiff Castle, quite rightly Cardiff’s favourite visitor attraction. Here you will find a medieval keep at its heart, but it’s the extravagant adornments and additions of the Victorians in all their gothic splendour that really fire up the imagination.

Nearby Bute Park offers a great place to escape from it all and idle a while by the River Taff.

Explore Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is, perhaps, the greatest symbol of Cardiff’s regeneration, housing the arts complex of the Wales Millennium Centre, an architectural masterpiece, important national institutions, a whole smorgasbord of interesting buildings, large open spaces, public art. There is art, theatre, shopping, restaurants, cafes, bars, sculptures and it’s a great place to just lose yourself in for an afternoon.

But don’t linger too long: the rest of Cardiff beckons!

Things to do in Cardiff

The spiritual home of Welsh rugby, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is one of the most famous sporting arenas on the planet, envied the world over for its cauldron-like atmosphere and state-of-the-art facilities.

Located in the heart of the city centre, Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ most important cultural attractions. A rich history spanning 2,000 years is contained within its walls and fairytale-style towers.

An architectural masterpiece, the Wales Millennium Centre is at the heart of Cardiff Bay, a wonderfully regenerated area full of striking buildings, wide open spaces and intriguing pieces of public art.

Set in a peaceful, scenic conservation zone on the bank of the River Taff, Llandaff Cathedral is one of two cathedrals in Cardiff, the seat of the Bishop of Llandaff, covering the South Wales diocese. While the present-day structure dates from early in the 12th Century, the cathedral actually stands on one of the oldest sites in British Christian history, settled by St. Dyfrig in the 6th Century.

Meander through this 19th-century castle and former home to admire its antique furniture, elaborately decorated rooms and Gothic-revival architecture.

Want to find a way of keeping the kids entertained for hours, at the same time as perhaps learning something yourself? Want to find it in the heart of Cardiff Bay, just five minutes’ walk from the train station? If the answer is yes, head for Techniquest interactive science discovery centre on Stuart Street in Cardiff.

National Museum Cardiff is a top museum in Cardiff with a rich history. Make time to visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its lively bars.

Museum of Welsh Life (Welsh Folk Museum) is a top museum in Cardiff with a rich history. Visit the spas and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Tickets & Tours

Explore the vibrant and lively city of Cardiff at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Welsh capital. Cruise to leading landmarks like Cardiff Castle, Alexandra Gardens, and the interactive attractions around the harbor, or simply sit back for a leisurely sightseeing tour through the city.

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Hop aboard a comfortable train and head out of town to explore the charms of Cardiff on this full-day excursion. Pop between intriguing museums and cafe-lined lanes, visit Cardiff Castle, and—depending on the season—enjoy an exploration of the city by hop-on hop-off bus or check out Millennium Stadium.

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Experience 4 breathtaking waterfalls in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. This low-level 5.5 mile walk takes you along riverside scenery, with steep sided valleys and four breath-taking waterfalls.

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Experience sea air, secluded bays and stunning clifftops along the world renowned Wales Coast Path. Wales is the only country in the world with a continuous path around its entire coast. The Wales Coast Path compromises 870 miles of unbroken, often breathtakingly beautiful walking.

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A wooded hillside, near to a major motorway is hardly the place you’d expect to find an enchanted fairy-tale castle, but just a few miles from Cardiff, is one that rivals those found anywhere in Bavaria.

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This walk takes you to the spectacular roof of South Wales by climbing to the top of the highest mountain in southern Britain. Pen-y-fan (886m) sits in the central Brecon Beacons National Park, commanding sweeping views for miles in every direction.

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