Visiting Cardiff - What to See and Do
The capital of Wales has become an increasingly popular place to visit over the past decade, with its fashionable shopping arcades, Victorian buildings, upmarket waterfront area and top-notch restaurants drawing thousands of visitors annually.
The city has a good tourist infrastructure, with its attractions and landmarks spanning 2,000 years of history, complemented by more modern structures, which add to the cosmopolitan feel of Cardiff.
Ten things you must do in Cardiff
- Explore Cardiff Castle; dating from the 1st century BC, the castle was added to by the Normans and again in medieval times. Visitors can enjoy its impressive exterior as well as its ornate interior.
- Shop 'til you drop at the city's numerous shopping venues, among the most popular being Central Market, Queens Arcade Shopping Centre, St David's Market and St David's Shopping Centre.
- Get your skates on and visit Wales National Ice Rink on Hayes Bridge road. With a capacity for 2,700 people, the rink is home to the Cardiff Devils.
- Watch a Cardiff R.F.C. match at Millennium Stadium. In addition to Rugby Union matches, the stadium is host to numerous other sporting and musical events.
- Enjoy a performance at the New Theatre, host to numerous theatrical, musical and dramatic events.
- Take a walking tour of the city and get a feel for Cardiff and its most iconic landmarks.
- Relax in one of Cardiff's lusciously green parks, with Bute Park being a favourite spot, located right in the city centre.
- See the city from a different perspective on a boating trip down the River Taff, taking in Millennium Stadium, local wildlife and Cardiff Castle.
- Sip at a delicious pint of ale and soak up the atmosphere at one of the city's numerous traditional Welsh pubs, peppered liberally across the city.
- Head to the waterfront and take in the combination of new and old buildings that make up this rejuvenated area that now thrives with activity.