Visit Cardiff Castle where you can explore over 2,000 years of history. Originally the site of a Roman fortress, the grounds today are dominated by the dramatic Norman Keep. Take a guided tour of the Castle Apartments ( 50 mins) to appreciate the spectacularly lavish Gothic – Revival interiors, created for the Third Marquess of Bute by art- architect William Burges in the 19th century. Together they created a Welsh Victorian ‘Camelot’.
On leaving the Castle, a brief stroll through Bute Park, formerly the pleasure gardens of Cardiff Castle, brings you to the water taxi stop for the Princess Katherine and a leisurely cruise down to Cardiff Bay. Nowadays, Cardiff Bay is a bustling waterfront, a centre for arts and culture, with an amazing choice of bars and restaurants for your group to relax and refuel.
You and your group can really add something special to your experience by choosing a backstage tour of this world- class arts centre. Follow in the footsteps of the stars or if you book ahead, take in an evening show – anything from the latest shows straight out of the West End to opera, ballet and the world-class concerts.
An iconic building at the waters’ edge, former place of worship for Norwegian sailors and the church where Roald Dahl was christened, the Norwegian Church today is a superb place to take a break, enjoy a coffee, a bite to eat, or afternoon tea with panoramic views of the bay.
An iconic stadium in the centre of the city, home of Welsh rugby and host to internationally prestigious sporting events such as the UEFA Champions League Final. Join one of our experienced tour guides and visit the Press Conference Suite where the worlds of rugby and journalism meet. Experience the Dragon’s Lair, Wales’s team dressing room, hear the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf. Take in the view of the pitch from a VIP hospitality suite, and finally lift the trophy to the skies like a sporting superstar
Visit the World of Boats and see over 40 rare boats from around the world plus video, touchscreen, hands on exhibits and a working boat restoration projects. TV’s Dick Strawbridge guides you through the evolution of boats, propulsion, navigation and so much more.
Just around the corner you will find the stylish café located in the Norwegian Church. Formerly a Church for Norwegian Sailors, this is a landmark building on the Cardiff Bay waterfront and a renowned cultural venue. The unique venue hosts a variety of events, from live music to workshops, functions and classes. The Dahl Gallery also displays a range of art and photography exhibitions.
Head to Mermaid Quay and take a leisurely journey on the Princess Katharine, to the other side of the Cardiff Bay barrage. This is where the freshwater bay is shelter by the Bristol Channel and you are able to see Flat Holm Island and the English Coast.
From here you will be able to walk to your next attraction Cardiff International White Water. This is an exciting on demand white water facility located in the International Sports Village. Since it opened 4 years ago it has already hosted the 2012 and 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup, been hailed as ‘Best Visitor Experience’ om the Visit Wales awards and regular provides challenging training courses for UK-wide rescue services.
After an active afternoon freshen up at the hotel before enjoying an evening of food and entertainment at the Glee Club, located in the Waterfront area of Cardiff Bay. It is Wales’s No.1 comedy club and you are sure to have a good time. The venue was built for top comedy and live music and views are great from anywhere in the room. Food can be enjoyed at your table before the show begins.
Welsh Banquet at Cardiff Castle
Close with an evening of good food and entertainment at the Welsh Banquets at Cardiff Castle. Tour the Castle before enjoying a banquet in relaxed and informal historic surroundings of Cardiff Castle. Dating from the 15th Century, the Undercroft is one of the oldest parts of the Castle and here you can enjoy the best of Welsh food, entertainment and the warmest of welcomes from your hosts. Dressed in traditional Welsh costume, your hosts will serve Welsh mead and your three course dinner whilst entertaining you with a selection of traditional Welsh and English songs. It is the perfect setting for a memorable night out
St Fagans National History Museum
From Llandaff Cathedral travel a short distance to your next destination St Fagans National History Museum. Within one hundred acres of attractive countryside, a magical place has been created. Authentic dwellings from different periods in Wales’ history have converged to form the enchanting St Fagans National History Museum. Situated 4 miles west of Cardiff (free coach parking) visitors are welcome to explore all the buildings from humble 2000 year-old Celtic village to an impressive Elizabethan mansion house. Seize the opportunity to see a potter, weaver, wood-turner, baker, tanner and many more authentic craftspeople at work.
Now in the care of the National Trust, the magnificent Edwardian gardens flow from grand vistas to intimate spaces overlooked by a large mansion. The gardens cover more than 55 acres with intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum there is plenty to explore all day.
You may wish to venture further afield and visit attractions in the region
- Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Caerphilly
- Penderyn Whisky Distillery, Rhondda Cynon Taf
- Llanerch Vineyard, Vale of Glamorgan
- McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, Bridgend
- Royal Mint, Llantrisant
- Tredegar House, Newport