Cardiff is a city of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. With brilliant attractions which draw people from all over the UK and abroad you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cardiff. Choose from historic houses and castles or wildlife and water sports. Discover Cardiff’s progress from a small settlement, to the world’s busiest port, to the modern capital city it is today. Learn about Cardiff Bay, its history and its future as well as what’s on offer now.
You’ll find a lively entertainment scene in and around Cardiff, which features opera, ballet, musicals, and live music from top acts. Across the city, there are a range of theatres, galleries,museums, arts and live music venues. From the traditional to the ground-breakingly modern, from seating thousands to cosy intimate spaces, Cardiff can satisfy every taste.
If you’re new to Cardiff and Wales, then why not let someone else take the lead. Taking a guided tour can take the leg-work out of sight-seeing – literally. Having a guide who knows their subject can really make a difference, giving you an insight to local history, culture, language and legends. Tours can be specific to Cardiff, or further afield, and can focus on wildlife and the environment, ghostly goings-on, or Welsh culture.
A vast sea of red washes the streets as the city shakes from the noise, a mixture of drums, song and laughter. Elsewhere, a crowd of this calibre and vigour could appear intimidating, but here the great tide of men, women and children omit only warmth and excitement as the throng meanders towards the mighty Millennium Stadium.
This is the city at its best, but Cardiff isn’t a one trick pony, and it has earned its growing reputation as an exciting year-round tourist destination. So ignore any quizzical eyebrows from peers and start practising your best ‘alright but?’, because the pint-sized capital is finally having its day. The city has invested heavily in consumer infrastructure too with the opening of St David’s shopping centre, so there are now enough international chains to keep even the fussiest customer busy for weeks. The boutiques, bookshops and tiny coffee houses of Cardiff’s snaking arcades accommodate those searching for more unique wares too.
Despite all of this modernisation and ever-discussed ongoing Anglicisation, the city has worked hard to maintain its heritage, which it displays proudly, most notably with the medieval Cardiff Castle that stands proudly overlooking the city centre.
If you can find time, trips to the outlying regions of Cardiff Bay and Canton provide yet more attractions, while excursions to the seaside suburb of Penarth and quaint village of Dinas Powys are equally rewarding.
Cardiff may well be a pint-sized capital, but it’s definitely overflowing in the glass.
Things to see in Cardiff
Millennium Stadium (Stadiwm y Milleniwm), National Museum Cardiff (Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd), Cardiff Bay (Bae Caerdydd), Doctor Who Experience, St Fagans: National History Museum, Cardiff parks, Castell Coch, Llandaff Cathedral (Eglwys Gadeiriol Llandaf), Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Penarth Pier