Best Places

Best Places to Visit in Cardiff this Year

is Europe’s youngest capital city, and has a wealth of attractions to tempt any visitor, whether you like sport, art, culture, music or exploring the history of the area, there is sure to be something for you.

By the Bay
Home to the Welsh Assembly, the Cardiff Bay area has attractive bars and restaurants and lively nightlife. During the day you can book a boat trip, walk the boardwalk, and sample a delicious lunch.

The Doctor Who Experience
Eagle eyed fans of this science fiction TV show will know that the BBC shoots scenes all around the Cardiff area. Now you can visit the Doctor Who Experience, see the costumes and props from the show and take a tour of the sets.

The Norwegian Church Arts Centre
An important landmark for Cardiff and the Norwegian seafarers who met there during the industrial revolution this beautiful building is now a thriving arts centre with cafe.

Great for children and families this science museum is made fun through interactive activities and exhibits, safe for toddlers and with a cafe and regular events throughout the season. This is a particularly good venue for the inevitable rainy day, and a good way to get the kids interested in science.

Mermaid Quay
Nearby Mermaid Quay has something for everyone, and is a lovely place for a stroll, with plenty of places to eat, be sure to sample an ice cream from Cadwaladers cafe!

Take a boat tour

The Princess Katherine boat tour runs a service on the river between Cardiff Bay and the City Centre.

Art and Culture
Visit The National Museum to see Wales’ National collections of Art, archaeology and geology. Here you’ll also find an important collection of European Impressionist art.
Third Floor Gallery on Bute Street offers a more contemporary selection, of art in the form of Photography.

The Millennium Centre
The Millennium Centre, with it’s impressive and iconic architecture, is the place to get your culture fix. With an ever changing programme of live music, theatre, cabaret and children’s theatre there’s sure to be something to suit everyone.

Cardiff Castle
Take a house tour of this elaborate and splendid castle, built by William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The castle apartments are ornate and gothic marvels, you can also take a tour of wartime shelters beneath the castle, and visit the Norman Keep. Specialist tours can be booked which take you inside the fabulous interiors of The Winter Smoking Room, The Nursery, Lord Bute’s Bedroom, the Roof Garden and the Clock Tower.

Bute Park
With views of the castle Bute Park is just the place for a lazy afternoon stroll within striking distance of the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Shop ’til you drop
The City Centre has a great variety of the usual shops, but try the covered market for a traditional marketplace, with stalls and market traders catering to local appetites for fish and local fresh fruit and vegetables.

Principality Stadium
Principality Stadium, home to the Welsh national rugby team, this world class venue has hosted Rugby World Cups, Olympics events and international football. You can book a tour of the stadium throughout the week, things can get quite busy in the area on important match days.

There are many ways to spend your time in this varied and rich city, the only question will be how to fit everything into your stay!

For more information, visit: Find it in Cardiff.

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