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Whether sport, history or culture is your thing, there are plenty of attractions in Cardiff and the surrounding areas for all the family.

If you prefer good old-fashioned sight-seeing, you won't be disappointed. From the magnificent Edwardian civic buildings and historic Cardiff Castle, to the imposing Millennium Stadium, architecture fans are spoilt for choice. The National Museum Cardiff is home to one of the finest impressionist galleries outside Paris, and features works by Monet, Picasso and Rodin.

Cardiff Bay

In Cardiff Bay the Wales Millennium Centre stands next to the Grade 1 listed Pierhead building. The Norwegian Church, where children's author Roald Dahl was christened, is now an arts centre and cafe with a Nordic flavour. Cardiff Bay is also the home of the Doctor Who Experience, an interactive journey that takes you and the Doctor on a spectacular adventure though time and space. Find out more about Cardiff, the home of Doctor Who.


Just outside Cardiff, St Fagans National History Museum is one the world's best open-air museums. Home to over forty original buildings transported from different parts of Wales, stone-by-stone, the museum features a Victorian school and a medieval church.

In the north of the city, just up the river, Llandaff Cathedral stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and dates back in parts as early as 1107.


As well as ancient cathedrals Wales is know for its numerous castles, and within South Wales there are plenty you can visit, spanning hundreds of years worth of history. Dominating the city centre is Cardiff Castle, a remarkable site with a history that spans over 2000 years. North of the city in Caerphilly you'll find the second largest castle in the UK, and just around the corner in Tongwynlais you'll find the 3rd Marquess of Bute's rural retreat. at Castell Coch (red castle). In the Vale of Glamorgan, Fonmon Castle is one of the few medieval castles which is still lived in as a home.

For a full list of the attractions in and around the city, click here.


VAQASVisitor Attractions can achieve a quality grading from Visit Wales, known as VAQAS (Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme). It is Visit Wales' quality assessment service for all types of visitor attractions.

For further information on grading: Visit Wales, Tŷ Glyndwr, Machynlleth, SY20 8WW, T +44(0)1654 702 584,

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