Make the most of your time in Cardiff with our insider tips and create your own city adventure
Cardiff is a modern sports-entertainment metropolis, but also a city which is steeped in heritage and history. Explore the city by bike along the Taff trail to the city centre or jump in a water-taxi to the eateries of Mermaid Quay. Whatever your interests, Cardiff has a diverse range of activities to entertain you throughout your stay.
Cardiff is one the flattest cities in Britain and has more hours of sunlight than Milan! We’ve got the perfect day trip suggestions for any visitor to the city.
The Taff Trail
Experience breath-taking views of South Wales through these walking and cycling paths, which extend over 55 miles of beautiful countryside, from the Brecon Beacons directly into Cardiff city centre. Along the way you’ll pass through a number of towns for a well deserved break and refreshments.
Cardiff International White Water
Release your inner thrill seeker at CIWW! A purpose built white water, indoor surfing and high ropes facility, located in the International Sports Village, Cardiff Bay. They offer a range of exhilarating water sports for adventure-seekers of all ages and abilities.
Cardiff History and Hauntings
A ghost walk with a difference! You may be in a city, but enjoy a mystical rural atmosphere in the nearby village of Llandaf. Only a 15 minute bus ride from the City Centre – mysterious, poignant and terrifying true tales await you!
Roath Park and Lake
Dating back to 1894, Roath Park retains much of its original Victorian character and is home to the Scott Memorial lighthouse. It also features Botanical Gardens and a heated Conservatory, where you can see sub-tropical plants growing throughout the year.
Dating back from 1906, the New Theatre is Cardiff’s oldest surviving theatre. The restored Edwardian venue is host to a diverse programme of productions, from West End shows to pantomime. It’s convenient city centre location means it’s an ideal venue to catch a matinee or evening performance.
The Doctor Who Experience
Housed in a specially constructed facility in Cardiff Bay, The Doctor Who Experience is a mere stone’s throw from the BBC studios where the programme is filmed. The interactive facility hosts the largest collection of Doctor Who and offers a unique and exciting journey through space and time, spanning over 50 years.
Wales Millennium Centre
Encased in 1,350 tonnes of Welsh slate and copper cladding, the stunning architecture alone is enough to entice you to this famous landmark. One of the UK’s top cultural attractions, the Wales Millennium Centre stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance alongside the UK’s largest programme of free performances.
In the midst of Cardiff’s urbanization, the city’s medieval past is grandly displayed. Cardiff Castle captures more than 2,000 years of history within its walls and St. John’s Church dates back to the 12th Century.
Cardiff Story Museum
The museum is housed within the beautiful and historic Old Library building. Discover how Cardiff was transformed from a small market town to the cool cosmopolitan city that it is today, through a series of fun, free and interactive galleries.
The beautiful red brick architecture of the Pierhead Building is one of Cardiff’s most familiar landmarks. It dates back to 1897 and once served as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company. Today it is an interactive exhibition of Welsh economic and civil history.
Llandaff Cathedral is built on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and the present Cathedral dates back to 1107. It was heavily damaged in the Second World War, however it was restored and the interior of the Cathedral which you see today is far more spacious. While you’re there explore Llandaff High Street which offers traditional tea shops, cafe’s, independent gift shops and pubs.
Cardiff is a vibrant city of creativity and was recently named 6th most creative in the UK! As you walk around Cardiff, you’ll spot beautiful graffiti displayed on buildings from the Empty Walls Project. Look out for the seasonal exhibitions which take place at The Abacus, located directly opposite Cardiff Central Station.
National Museum and Gallery
Nestled between resplendent gardens and the bustling city centre, the National Museum is home to the Welsh national collection of fine art and offers a range of free interactive exhibits. It traces the long natural history, including ice age animals and the cultural history of the Celts. It’s free to enter and is a perfect place to entertain the kids.
The Gate Arts Centre
The Gate is housed within a 100 year old Grade II listed building in the diverse area of Roath. A community arts centre which excels at engaging with local residents and promoting a diverse range of arts entertainment, from dance and theatre to opera and exhibitions.
Chapter Arts Centre
Chapter incorporates a cinema showcasing both major and independent titles along with a bustling cafe-bar. The venue also plays host to a diverse range of art exhibitions, local creative projects and stand-up comedy. Chapter Arts i located in Canton, a 20 minute walk from the Millennium Stadium.
Cardiff offers a range of in-door and seasonal markets which are dotted around the city. Rummage your way through our top picks!
A Cardiff institution! Over the last decade Craft Folk have showcased free and contemporary festival fairs which offer traditional products with a modern twist. From arts and crafts to food and drink, these seasonal fairs are a must for visitors looking to take home a unique souvenir to friends and family.
Lose yourself in second-hand books, vintage clothing, medals, bespoke lighting, furniture, records, army surplus and comics, over three floors in this converted warehouse. Visit Jacobs market and you can be sure to find yourself a delicious treat amongst the treasure and trinkets.
The Castle Emporium
Situated in an old converted cinema on Womanby Street ,The Castle Emporium is a hidden gem of vintage clothes, trinkets, one off handmade items as well as displays of art and photography. There’s even a barber shop upstairs if you fancy a quick hair cut!
Food and Drink
These lively venues are ideal locations to experience the atmosphere of rugby match fever in Cardiff. Whether you’re a new or experienced ale drinker, embark on a mini-craft beer tour on Westgate Street in the city centre. From Zero Degrees to Brewdog to The City Arms to Urban Tap House.
Around the corner is Shooters Sports Bar and you can also drink your way around the exotic corners of the globe at Around the World Bar – both bars are housed within the Bierkeller Entertainment Complex. The added bonus for these venues is they also offer a wide variety of food, from pizzas to burgers. On St. Mary’s Street you’ll find hearty pies for all seasons at Pieminister and a 10 minute stroll from the city centre is DEPOT which offers trendy street food and live music.