City Guide: Cardiff

Famous for its castles, art, rivers, Victorian arcades, parks, rugby and many more, Cardiff is a great place to visit for everyone! Here are just some of the places we think that you should visit in Cardiff.

Things to do & see

  • Cardiff Castle – Perfect if you want to walk around the Norman keep, the Roman foundations and take a tour around the 18th century style apartments.
  • Bute Park – With great views of the castle, this part is only a short walk away, and boasts life-like stone animals.
  • Principality Stadium – Home of the Wales national rugby union team. This is a must see for any sports fan! With guided tours also available.
  • National Museum Cardiff – Home to one of the largest collections of impressionist paintings in Europe, along with archaeology and geology collections.
  • St John the Baptist Church – Other than the Cardiff Castle, this church is the oldest building in the city.
  • Cardiff Bay – This used to be the world’s largest coal exporting port but now is a modern sports and leisure complex.
  • Castell Coch (Red Castle) – Despite the Victorian renovations it still retains quite a bit of its medieval charm.
  • Wales Millennium Centre – Built for its arts and performances, it houses several halls, a theatre, restaurants and shops.

Shopping

  • Cardiff Central Market – This is Cardiff’s biggest and oldest indoor market. The market sells everything from local produce to all sorts of different objects.
  • St David’s Dewi Sant – Contains several stores from both big chains and small shops, but also including cafes and restaurants.
  • Royal Arcade – This is Cardiff’s oldest shopping arcade, which has independent shops selling all kinds of items.
  • The Pumping Station – A three-storey antique market located in an old Victorian pumping house. Sells things from furniture, clothes, jewellery, silverware, basically anything you can imagine.
  • Castle Welsh Crafts – This is a little gift shop that sells souvenirs like toys, clothes and carved Welsh lovespoons.

Restaurants

  • The Clink Cymru – This restaurant is a part of a rehabilitation programme for prisoners who get the chance to work and gain experience so they can get back into society. It’s recommended to book a table in advance as it gets very busy!
  • The Admiral St David – This restaurant specialises in Australasian and Asia-Pacific
  • Falafel Kitchen – A buffet-style salad counter, that sells Middle-Eastern food at reasonable prices.

Bars & Nightlife

  • Yard Bar & Kitchen – Built on the site of the original brewery, it is one of the largest in Cardiff with a capacity of more than 800.
  • Lab 22 – A sophisticated cocktail bar with a refined interior and a wide selection of cocktails.
  • Old Arcade – A good’ol Welsh pub with good local ales, pub food and rugby.

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