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The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a compact city set around Cardiff Bay on the Bristol Channel with a University.

A city built on heavy industry and its docklands, Cardiff has been totally transformed in recent years to become an exciting, vibrant and fashionable place to visit, shop, eat and drink.

Today it is a energised and fashionable University city.

Historically, Cardiff has been an important place since Roman times. The remains of the old Roman fort now lie beneath Cardiff Castle, built by the Normans in the 12th century and altered over the centuries to finally become the magnificent NeoGothic edifice seen today. The 19th century architect responsible was the great William Burges, who also created the fantasy fairytale castle of nearby Castell Coch. Visit the excellent local museums and St Fagans to find out more about the rich history of the area.

Cardiff has two main centres attracting millions of visitors every year. The old city centre close to the castle has some impressive historic buildings in attractive streets and is a great shopping destination - from the old Victorian arcades to enormous new retail centres such as Saint Davids. It also has a great choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. Nearby is the Millennium Stadium, the home of Welsh rugby, and a world-class sport and music venue.

However Cardiff's biggest attraction must now be its second centre, the newly developed and chic Cardiff Bay area. A lake created from aging industrial docks by the new Cardiff Bay Barrage, its regeneration has been a success story on a grand scale, creating trendy waterside apartments, shops, cafes and buzzing nightlife. It is the location of the Welsh Assembly (or Senedd) as well as theatres, art galleries, fantastic lakeside scenery and watersports.

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Tourist Attractions in Cardiff to Visit



St Davids Shopping Centre Huge shopping mall with leading stores.

Millennium Stadium Iconic world class sporting and music venue.

The Senedd Visit the National Assembly for Wales in its spectacular modern building.

Techniquest Science activity fun for the whole family.

Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre

Cardiff International White Water Fantastic purpose built rapids course.



Cardiff Castle Splendid and impressive building with Roman, Norman and finally Victorian origins.

Castell Coch Victorian opulent Gothic fantasy, nestled in woodland.

Art Galleries

Art Galleries

Norwegian Church Arts Centre Cultural centre in a historic waterside building.



The Cardiff Story History of the capital city of Wales.

National Museum Cardiff Major natural history, archaeology and art collections.

St Fagans National History Museum Open air museum bringing history to life with original buildings.

The Pierhead Landmark Victorian building towering over Cardiff Bay.


Out & About

Mermaid Quay Eat, drink and relax on the Cardiff bay waterfront.

Cardiff Bay Barrage Feat of engineering creating a scenic link between Cardiff and Penarth.


Theatres, Cinemas and Venues

Wales Millennium Centre Cultural centre in an amazing modern building - the number one visitor attraction in Wales.

The Red Dragon Centre Leisure complex in Cardiff Bay, with cinema, bowling and restaurants.

Days Out around Cardiff.

Our choice would be to go north on the A470 to the Brecon Beacons.

Towns Near Cardiff To Visit - straight line distance:

Penarth (3.04 miles) Barry (6.18 miles) Caerphilly (6.95 miles) Flat Holm (7.65 miles)
How to get to Cardiff
Cardiff, on the M4, west of Newport and Bristol.

Cardiff Tourist Information Centre

  • The Old Library
    The Hayes
    CF10 1AH
    Tel: 029 2087 3573
The St Davids Hotel & Spa
Havannah Street Cardiff CF10 5SD

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Hilton Cardiff
Kingsway Cardiff CF10 3HH

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Angel Hotel - The Hotel Collection
Castle Street Cardiff CF10 1SZ

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Holiday Cottages
Capital Apartments
22-24 James Street Cardiff CF10 5EX

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Flat 5 Apartments
Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9JE

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The Artisan Quarter Serviced Apartments
55, 57 & 84 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9LN

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Cardiff Weather
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