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    Why we love Cardiff

    With world-renowned rugby, over 600 castles and a whole host of myths and legends to discover, there’s something to appeal to everyone who visits Wales - and its capital Cardiff is no exception.

    Whether it’s white water rafting or an epic music scene you’re after, the city is a quirky, creative hub brimming with things to see and do. Step into 2,000 years of history at Cardiff Castle, or savour local produce at Cardiff Central Market. Get a taste of the action and head out of the city on the Cambrian Way to discover 185 miles of National Parks, fairy-tale castles and snow-capped peaks. With a buzzing arts and foodie scene and independent shops galore, Cardiff is your gateway to all that’s wonderful about Wales.

    Things to do in Cardiff

    Though it has 2,000 years of history to discover, Cardiff Castle is also bang up to date – hosting festivals and events galore.

    Plan your visit to Cardiff Castle
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    Cardiff Castle

    Make a splash at this Olympic standard, family-friendly white-water rafting centre in Cardiff Bay.

    Take the plunge at CIWW
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    Cardiff International White Water

    In Cardiff Bay, the Wales Millennium Centre hosts top-class live music and theatre shows from all over the world.

    Book your tickets for Wales Millennium Centre
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    Wales Millennium Centre

    Calling all sports lovers! Head to the ‘home of Welsh rugby’ to watch sporting spectacles, live concerts and more.

    Catch a match at Principality Stadium
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    Principality Stadium

    You’ll find everything from dinosaur bones to contemporary art at this fantastic free museum.

    Delve into the National Museum Cardiff
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    National Museum Cardiff

    Though it has 2,000 years of history to discover, Cardiff Castle is also bang up to date – hosting festivals and events galore.

    Plan your visit to Cardiff Castle
    Man looking out at the castle view
    Cardiff Castle

    Make a splash at this Olympic standard, family-friendly white-water rafting centre in Cardiff Bay.

    Take the plunge at CIWW
    SVW-C85-1617-0801
    Cardiff International White Water

    In Cardiff Bay, the Wales Millennium Centre hosts top-class live music and theatre shows from all over the world.

    Book your tickets for Wales Millennium Centre
    Person looking up at the front of a bronze building at night
    Wales Millennium Centre

    Calling all sports lovers! Head to the ‘home of Welsh rugby’ to watch sporting spectacles, live concerts and more.

    Catch a match at Principality Stadium
    SVW-C85-1617-0027
    Principality Stadium

    You’ll find everything from dinosaur bones to contemporary art at this fantastic free museum.

    Delve into the National Museum Cardiff
    SVW-C67-1213-0327
    National Museum Cardiff

    Places to stay in Cardiff

    Cardiff City Centre

    Find easy access to designer shops and traditional markets, diverse cuisine and the Principality Stadium in the mainly pedestrianised city centre.

    Cardiff Bay

    Home to a gleaming Cardiff International White Water Centre where you can try out lots of water sports, as well as cultural spots like the Wales Millennium Centre.

    Pontcanna

    Out in the city’s leafy suburb discover the Taff Trail on bike or by foot, or get artsy at Kings Road Yard filled with artists, makers, producers and bakers!

    Explore nearby

    Full of adventure from its sky-scraping peaks to plunging glacial valleys - it’s bursting with bombastic scenery.

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    Cool creative Bristol is a must-see for art, culture and action-packed adventure.

    Firework in the evening, illuminated hot air balloons on the ground at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

    A paradise for hikers, swimmers, thrill-seekers and birdwatchers.

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    Getting to Cardiff

    Located in South Wales, Cardiff is a two-hour journey from London by train. The city is also served by Cardiff Airport, which operates direct and non-direct flights to and from a wide range of destinations.

    Getting around

    It’s easy to travel around the city hassle free, visit Cardiff bus to plan your journey and get all the latest information on ticket types. Full of pedestrianised areas, walking trails and parks and gardens galore, it’s easy and enjoyable to explore Cardiff by foot. Discover more on travelling around Cardiff and Wales on traveline.

    By bus

    Download the Cardiff bus app and you can buy and store tickets on your mobile, making travelling around the city by bus even easier.

    By foot

    Plot your route and discover more about the city’s walking trails, including the Wales Coast Path, at Outdoor Cardiff.

    By train

    Trains run into Cardiff Central Station from destinations all across Britain. Find information and train times to help plan your journey with Great Western Railway.

    Want to know more?

    Head to VisitCardiff for insider tips and travel inspiration.