Top things to do in Cardiff

Cardiff, the capital city of Wales,  has a vibrant cultural scene,  is a champion of sports with its world-famous Principality Stadium, and is dotted with gloriously medieval castles like Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch.  

Be part of the adventure at the Doctor Who Experience

A road sign for the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, Wales.

Journey to the heart of the Tardis and come face-to-face with a brand new monster that has been specially built for the Doctor Who Experience…and that’s just to start! Visitors experience an action-packed endeavour that includes paying homage to a unique collection of original artefacts, props and costumes.

 

Slow your pace down at Pettigrew Tea Rooms

For true British charm head to Pettigrew Tea Rooms, were mismatched china and authentic, vintage surroundings await. Open 7 days a week, you’ll enjoy afternoon tea, cake and more in the shadows of the epic Cardiff Castle, plus you’ll be perfectly placed for the entrance of Bute Park.

 

Discover the birthplace of Roald Dahl

As the author of classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG, Cardiff is proud of the fact that Roald Dahl spent his childhood in the city. Relive his footsteps as you visit places such as Cardiff Bay and Llandaff Cathedral School where he spent his formative years.

 

Trail the animals at Bute Park

Bute Park in Cardiff, Wales. Image credited to Franc Photography, Flickr.
Bute Park in Cardiff. Image by Franc Photography on Flickr.

As the largest urban park in Wales, this green space boasts an impressive tree collection and a wealth of wildlife. One of its many charming features is the animal wall. Erected in the 1890s for the third Marquess (a member of the British aristocracy), it’s topped by glass-eyed animal sculptures including apes, lions and a lynx.

 

Get into the Welsh sporting spirit at the Principality Stadium

This iconic sports venue offers visitors the chance to experience the uplifting roar of the Welsh rugby supporters and the excitement of a live game. Although the Principality Stadium is predominantly used to showcase rugby matches, music concerts and car-racing events also take place there. To further immerse yourself in the history of the stadium, take a tour and learn the inner workings of this immense space.

 

Enjoy the treasures of Wales at the National Museum, Cardiff.

The home of national art, geology and natural history collections, the National Museum is free to enter and is situated in Cardiff's elegant civic centre. Enjoy details about Wales' intriguing natural history and admire the impressive art collection. 

 

Enjoy a historical re-enactment at Cardiff Castle

A view of the entrance to Cardiff Castle at day, in Cardiff, Wales.

A trip to Cardiff Castle offers the perfect opportunity to delve deeper into Cardiff’s rich and intriguing history. A 50-minute House Tour will see you meander around the opulently decorated rooms, marvel at the Clock Tower, discover the Second World War shelters and check out the ancient Roman Wall.

 

Relive history at St Fagans National History Museum

Situated on the outskirts of Cardiff, St Fagans is an open-air museum and Wales’ most-visited heritage attraction. Each building offers a glimpse into the past and teaches visitors about the fascinating history of Wales.

 

Cycle along the Barrage Coast Path

Views of Cardiff Bay from the Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path in Wales

Enjoy the views from the Barrage Coast Path, and if you don’t fancy cycling you can always safely walk along this Cardiff Bay path. The trail includes locks, bridges a view of the Cardiff Harbour Building and a fish pass where visitors can walk and picnic. There’s also a children’s play area and the ‘Age of Coal’ exhibition to enjoy.

 

Meet the two gatekeeper geese of Usk Castle

Although it’s an hour’s drive from Cardiff, the enchanting surroundings and the fact that it’s free to enter make Usk Castle well-worth the trip. Visitors are asked to put a pebble into the large stone pot to register their presence at the ruins and the surrounding areas are truly something to enjoy.

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