The modern and cosmopolitan capital of Wales, Cardiff, is Europe’s youngest capital city and is fast becoming one of the most fashionable cities in the United Kingdom. Cardiff is a city of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment; From castles, museums, galleries and theatre, boating lakes, parks and adventure playgrounds to live concerts and festivals. We’ll make it easy for you; here are our Top 8 Things To Do In Cardiff.
“Historically a city of castles and coal, Wales’s capital is emerging as a modern sports-entertainment destination.” – National Geographic
Cardiff Castle – In the heart of the capital city is Cardiff Castle, a truly remarkable site with a history that spans over 2000 years. The current building was built in the late 11th century, replacing a Roman fort. Cardiff Castle is a unique blend of different architectural styles. Although mostly Norman, there are still Roman parts to it, as well as Gothic-Victorian parts, built in the 19th century. During the 19th century, the Marquess of Bute, one of Britain’s richest men, bought the castle, although he only used it for several months of the year. In 1947 the castle was given to the city.
Millennium Stadium – The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales and the third largest stadium in Britain. It can seat 74,000 and has hosted the Rolling Stones and Neil Diamond, as well as rugby and football matches and other sporting events. Come and watch an international football or rugby match in the Millennium Stadium or take a tour and explore the magnificent facets and features that make the Millennium Stadium one of the most impressive icons of modern Wales.
Caerphilly Castle – Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe, the largest in Britain after Windsor, and the first truly concentric castle in Britain. Of the time of its building in the late 13th century (Built-in Less Than Three Years), it was a revolutionary masterpiece of military planning. This formidable castle, surrounded by two huge lakes, is located in the center of the town of Caerphilly (about 25 minutes drive north of Cardiff).
Wales Millennium Centre – Wales Millennium Centre is Wales’ national home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. One of the UK’s top cultural attractions and home to eight resident partners, this Welsh landmark stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance alongside the UK’s largest program of free performances. As Wales’ No1 Visitor Attraction, you can expect a great experience when you visit the Centre.
Castell Coch – Designed by William Burges, Castell Coch (in English “Red Castle”) is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a genuine 13th-century fortification. It is situated on a hillside near the village of Tongwynlais, in the north of Cardiff. Wandering from chamber to chamber in this fairytale castle is like being in some fantastic dream.
Cardiff Bay -Cardiff Bay is a sheltered freshwater bay covering about 200 hectares on the Bristol Channel at the mouths of the Rivers Taff and Ely. You will find a great mix of attractions, entertainment and events, coupled with restaurants, vibrant bars and shops that create a truly unique atmosphere.
Doctor Who Experience – Housed in a specially constructed facility in Cardiff Bay’s Porth Teigr – a stone’s throw from the BBC studios where Doctor Who is filmed – the Doctor Who Experience offers a unique, exciting and sometimes scary journey into over fifty years of adventures in space and time. The Doctor Who Experience gives visitors the opportunity to get even closer to the iconic TV show and to star in their very own Doctor Who adventure.
Llandaff Cathedral – Llandaff Cathedral is situated in the ancient ‘city of Llandaff’, now incorporated into the northwest of the city, and is one of the oldest religious sites in Europe. It was founded by Bishop Urban in 1107, on the site of a 6th-century monastic church established by St Dyfrig and it boasts some of the finest medieval architecture in Wales. The cathedral fell into decay after the Reformation and lost its medieval tower and roof in a storm in 1723. It was restored sometime later but destroyed by a landmine in 1941.
Just So You Know…
- Cardiff It is one of the flattest cities in the UK.
- Cardiff was the first UK city to be twinned with China. This was in 1983 and the city’s name is Xiamen. Cardiff is also twinned with Stuttgart (Germany), Nantes (France), Baltimore (USA), Lugansk (Ukraine) and Hordaland (Netherlands).
- Cardiff claims to have more castles than any other city in the world.
- About 10% of the people in Cardiff speak Welsh. The city attracts many foreign students and almost 100 different languages are spoken in Cardiff.
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- The Potted Pig – Located in a former bank vault beneath the city, The Potted Pig restaurant shares its passion for modern British food and wonderful gins through ever-changing, seasonal menus and the odd whole suckling pig.
- Mowglis – Indian cuisine Re-Invented.
- The Clink Cymru – Stylish fine-dining restaurant run by prison inmates serving dishes made with organic Welsh produce.
- The Thai House – Serve a variety of popular Thai dishes with the specialty dish being a roast duck.