Culture Vultures will have plenty to do in Cardiff!

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Spillers is the worlds oldest record shop
 Trendy watering holes, impressive eateries, international art exhibitions and a renowned music scene. Cardiff has fast become a city for cool, attracting the movers and shakers from the creative industries to showcase themselves on Welsh soil. Like an ice cold G&T, this goes hand in hand with great independent bars and restaurants, making Cardiff a cultural paradise.

Theatres

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Children’s author Roald Dahl was christened in the Norwegian Church
Wales Millennium Centre is one of the UK’s top cultural attractions. The Welsh landmark stages a wide range of performances including drama, comedy, ballets, circus and cabaret acts. Ironically the New Theatre is Cardiff’s oldest theatre, dating back to the Victorian era and features top billed drama productions, musicals and the seasonal institution which is the British pantomime.

The city centre’s neighbouring districts of Cathays, Roath and Canton each boast a creative arts centre which is intrinsic to the local community. The Sherman Cymru specialises in performing arts, the Gate Arts Centre combines theatre with an exhibition space, while Chapter Arts is renowned for its offbeat film screenings and vibrant café bar.

The Other Room at Porters

Cardiff’s first pub theatre! The 44 seat intimate venue presents new work and great modern plays from 1950’s onwards making brave, bold theatre. Meanwhile, just through the curtains you will find Porters, a pub that presents weekly open mic, live music, comedy and jazz nights along with some decent craft beers and a great atmosphere.

Festivals

Spring is in the air and as Cardiff begins to bloom, festival energy starts building momentum. At Cardiff Castle is the annual festival of the Welsh language Tafywl – meanwhile in Cardiff Bay, Blysh, and Hijinx celebrates take place at the WMC. And a little further afield in Pontcanna, The Everyman outdoor theatre commences at Sophia Gardens. Not to mention the Cardiff Summer Festival which includes the Food and Drink festival and of course the annual Cardiff Comedy Festival. The Food and Drink Festival. Many other independent festivals pop up throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled on our events listings for what’s to come.

Jacobs Roof Top Cinema

Jacobs Market Rooftop Cinema In summer months Jacobs Market plays host to Motley Movies, Cardiff’s first rooftop cinema showing open air screenings of cult films right in the centre of Cardiff. A summer’s evening can be spent up on the roof with a great atmosphere, garden bar and pop-up restaurant.

Architecture

Old meets new in Cardiff. There aren’t many cities where you can experience the breathtaking architecture within such close proximity to each other. Embark on a mini-waterside tour of Cardiff Bay and you will be treated to the glorious spectre of Y Senedd, the Pierhead Building and the Wales Millennim Centre – each within touching distance of each other. Back in the city centre, marvel at the  Edwardian shopping arcades, which house Spillers – the oldest record shop in the world! And of course Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle are right in the centre. Cardiff University is also renowned for it’s Welsh School of Architecture.

St. Fagan’s Museum of Welsh Life

Go back in time to compare where the Welsh of yesteryear lived. St. Fagan’s have taken buildings which span from the celtic era, representing aspects of welsh history which have been taken from all over the country and have been painstakingly rebuilt to preserve this picture of Welsh life.

Eat and Drink

Cardiff has lots of quirky places to eat, drink and be entertained. With a huge choice of locally sourced food, funky music and theatre venues and a great choice of fine wines, Cardiff is a haven of different cultures.

Wally’s Delicatessan

A family run delicatessan that opened in Cardiff in 1947.  They have a range of specialist cheeses and we recommend you their Welsh cheeses to get your tastebuds going! Coffee lovers rejoice, as they offers a unique range including Bourbon Vanilla Ground Coffee, Chocolate Truffle Coffee, Spicy Cardamom Coffee, Maple Walnut Coffee as well as many more!

Llanerch Vineyard

A perfect choice for wine connoisseurs looking to sample signature Welsh wines. Llanerch Vineyard has the perfect combination of great food and wine with the added bonus of beautiful Welsh countryside. During your visit why not dine in the bistro and take a self guided tour of the vineyards? If you are an avid foodie, you can also try the vineyard’s popular Saturday Morning Kitchen with famous Chef Angela Gray. And it’s only a 20 minute drive from Cardiff.

What is Cardiff to you?

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