Cardiff – Arts and Culture

Things to see and do

Cardiff is famous for its ornate opera houses, its mammoth Millennium Stadium and its rich heritage sites. Cardiff Bay has spawned a uniquely artsy scene that is home to the new slate and glass Welsh Parliament Building and many other wonderful sights.

Millennium Stadium, Westgage Street
A rival to London's famous Wembley, the Millennium Stadium is the largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof. Situated in the heart of Cardiff, it is easily accessible and regularly hosts global sporting events and mega concerts from the pick of pop's royalty; ultimate boy band Take That play two dates in June.

Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place
Covering 4.7 acres of the Cardiff Bay area, the Wales Millennium Centre is home to all things opera, ballet, dance, comedy and musical. Upcoming shows include Mama Mia!, Il trovatore, Turandot and Fidelio.

The Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend, Cathays Park
Part of the Cardiff Festival, the Admiral Big Weekend hosts the UK's biggest free outdoor music festival and the largest travelling fun fair in the beautiful setting of the Civic Centre in Cathays Park.

The Cardiff Story, The Old Library, Trinity Street
Discover how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s to one of the world's biggest ports in the 1900s, to the cosmopolitan capital it is today.

New Theatre, Park Place
Built in 1906, the New Theatre is Cardiff's oldest surviving theatre. Situated in the city centre, this traditional and beautifully restored Edwardian venue gives the perfect 'theatre experience'. With a year round program of drama, musicals, dance, children's shows and the best pantomime in all of Wales, it is the place to see West End shows and big names.

St Davids Hall, Working Street
St David’s Hall is Wales’s largest performing arts venue and is home to the annual Welsh Proms Cardiff, a world-class Orchestral Concert Series and the bi-annual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition St David’s Hall also plays host a diverse program of jazz, soul, pop, rock, dance, children’s theatre, ballet, musicals and stand-up comedy.

Cardiff Castle, Castle Street
Cardiff Castle 2000 years of history in the heart of the Welsh Capital. Choose from guided tours of spectacular Victorian gothic apartments designed by William Burges or climb to the top of the 12th Century Norman Keep for spectacular views of the city.

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national archaeology, art, geology and natural history collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. Discover the secrets of our ancestors from the Neanderthals a quarter of a million years ago in the Archaeology gallery, Origins: in search of early Wales. Everyday objects and beautiful artifacts tell the stories of people in Wales and explore our links with the past.

g39, Oxford Street
g39 is the leading artist-led gallery for contemporary art in Wales. Based in the city’s cafe quarter for over a decade, g39 is a welcoming space for visitors to experience Wales’ most exciting and relevant contemporary art.

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais
A true fairytale castle nestled in the woods, this Gothic fantasy was created by the brilliantly eccentric architect William Burges for the third Marquis of Bute, reputedly the richest man in the world in his day.

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