Explore Cardiff: its castle, history, entertainment, and more!

Cardiff is a fascinating city blending medieval landmarks and a 2,000-year-old history with picturesque green spaces and modern entertainment districts. Dating back to the Roman period, as a small settlement on the River Taff, it officially became a city in 1905 and has been the Welsh capital since 1955.

Today, Cardiff has two main tourist areas: the city center and Cardiff Bay. Explore the compact center comfortably on foot following signposts indicating the major attractions.

Visit medieval Cardiff Castle, a stunning example of Roman and Norman architecture, one of five castles located in the city. Stroll around the glorious parkland and arboretum of Bute Park. Admire the grand civic buildings and pretty Alexandra Gardens in Cathays Park. Discover the evolution of Wales and then spot impressionist art at the National Museum Cardiff. Learn about the history of the city at the Cardiff Story.

Cardiff residents have a passion for sports and live events. Take a guided tour of the 75,000-seat Millennium Stadium or attend international rugby and soccer matches or concerts by world-famous artists. Watch ballet, opera and philharmonic orchestras at St. David’s Hall.

Walk or catch the bus to Cardiff Bay, a former dockland, now a shopping and entertainment district. Find bars and restaurants, boutique stores and fashion retailers in refurbished Victorian arcades. Investigate the Norwegian Church Arts Center, which showcases the work of local artists. See displays of historic vessels at the World of Boats.

Don’t miss a visit to St. Fagans National History Museum, which houses a collection of over 40 typical Welsh buildings. Other historical landmarks include Castell Coch and Llandaff Cathedral. Access any of these via public bus from the city center.

Cardiff has an international airport which receives flights from major European destinations. The city is about a 3-hour drive from London. Rent a car and visit areas outside Cardiff, including the beaches of Gower Peninsula and the picturesque hills of Brecon Beacons National Park.

Known for

Shopping, Historical Buildings and Castles

Top Hotels in Cardiff

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Clayton Hotel Cardiff
4 out of 5
St Mary Street, Cardiff, Wales
$57
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.3/5Excellent! (1,722 reviews)

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Principality Stadium, Cardiff Bay, and Cardiff Castle. National Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,722 reviews)

"good choice clean and friendly hotel would recommend"…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Clayton Hotel Cardiff
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Future Inns Cardiff Bay
4 out of 5
Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales
$65
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.3/5Excellent! (2,307 reviews)

Located in Butetown, this hotel is steps from Doctor Who Exhibition and Cardiff Bay. Wales Millennium Centre and Techniquest are also within 15 minutes. Cardiff ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,307 reviews)

"Adam at the front desk was very helpful as was all the staff. Breakfast was good with a great restaurant across the street. Easy bus ride to Cardiff Castle, shopping and great museum."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Future Inns Cardiff Bay
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Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff
3 out of 5
Station Approach, Saunders Road, Cardiff, Wales
$44
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.1/5Very Good! (902 reviews)

Located in Cardiff City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cardiff Market, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, and Cardiff Bay. Principality Stadium and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (902 reviews)

"Very close to the Central train station. And a good central location"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff

Popular things to do in Cardiff

Principality Stadium
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Principality Stadium

4/5 (19 Ratings)

Follow in the footsteps of sporting and musical greats when you tour this vast sporting arena. Walk on the pitch, see dressing rooms and lift a trophy.

Cardiff Castle
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Cardiff Castle

4.5/5 (82 Ratings)

A fortified tower from the 12th century, World War II tunnels and Welsh military history make a fascinating day out at this magnificent castle.

Wales Millennium Centre
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Wales Millennium Centre

4.5/5 (27 Ratings)

Book your tickets for theater, opera, dance and comedy shows and go on a backstage tour at this prestigious arts venue.

Top activities in Cardiff

Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$10

Explore the vibrant and lively city of Cardiff at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Welsh capital. Cruise to leading landmarks like Cardiff Castle, Alexandra Gardens, and the interactive attractions around the harbor, or simply sit back for a leisurely sightseeing tour through the city.

Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Day Trip to Cardiff via Train with Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$168

Hop aboard a comfortable train and head out of town to explore the charms of Cardiff on this full-day excursion. Pop between intriguing museums and cafe-lined lanes, visit Cardiff Castle, and—depending on the season—enjoy an exploration of the city by hop-on hop-off bus or check out Millennium Stadium.

Cardiff Bay Boat Tour
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Cardiff Bay Boat Tour

$9

Enjoy the beautiful scenic landscapes of Cardiff Bay with the Cardiff Bay Boat Tour. Experience all of Cardiff Bay's beauty and unique locations such as the Welsh Assembly and the Dr. Who Exhibition buildings. You can also choose to join the tour at the Barrage and disembark in Mermaid Quay.

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Cardiff
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Cardiff

$13

Our popular VIP Party Passes offer a great variety of weekend nightlife entries. We have been booking groups small and large onto the guestlists all over the UK for a decade. We have designed our Nightlife Deals get you VIP entry into selected, popular clubs and bars.

The wildlife and history of South East Wales
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The wildlife and history of South East Wales

$61

A journey of beautiful birds, impressive historical landmarks, canals and nature reserves. An easy 4.5 mile walk for wildlife lovers. Start the day on the Crumlin Arms section of the beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon canal where you will have sweeping views over the Ebbw valley.

Nanteos Mansion - Two Night Escape for Two
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Nanteos Mansion - Two Night Escape for Two

$62

Escape for 2 nights to the Nanteos Mansion, a majestic 4* property set within Mid-Wales. This experience includes 2 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in a luxury double room. Enjoy a three course dinner on your first evening and a bottle of prosecco in your room upon arrival.

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