The city of Cardiff offers a great range of unique attractions and quality shopping all within walking distance of each other.
Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and, with a rich cultural and sporting heritage, the city is vibrant and the perfect place for a holiday.
What to do in & around Cardiff
- Cardiff Castle
In the heart of the city, Cardiff Castle is a reconstructed Roman fort, an impressive Norman Castle and an extraordinary Victorian gothic fantasy palace, all in one, hence its popularity as a filming location. The jewel in the castle’s crown is the wonderful decoration of the spectacular apartments and with a Norman keep, wartime shelters, clock tower and a museum to explore, there is plenty to see.
- St Fagans National History Museum
St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and Wales’s most popular heritage attraction. Standing in the grounds of the magnificent Fagans Castle and gardens, over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-constructed in the 100 acre parkland, including a farm, a school and a chapel. Traditional crafts and activities bring this living museum to life.
- Castle Coch
Castle Coch is the ultimate fairytale castle, with conical towers and needlesharp turrets peeking out from a wooded slope, and due to its “Camelot” style, it has been the location of many TV productions and films. With a drawbridge, a portcullis, court yard and lavish interiors to see, this is a picture-perfect castle.
- The Royal Mint Experience
Just 20 minutes from Cardiff, the Royal Mint Experience gives unprecedented access to The Royal Mint to discover the people and events behind the coins in your pocket. With a guided factory experience and interactive exhibition, visitors will discover how blank pieces of metal are made before being struck to become coins.
- National Museum Cardiff
The museum houses Wale’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. The art collection is one of Europe’s finest, with 500 years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from across the world.
- Millennium Stadium Tour
Experience the build-up before the match in the Dragon’s Lair, Wales’ team dressing room. Hear the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf. Learn about the pitch and the fully retractable roof, which allows the entire playing surface to be covered to create one of the world’s largest indoor arenas. Take in the view of the pitch from a VIP hospitality suite, and finally lift the trophy to the skies like a sporting superstar in the President’s Box, an area normally reserved for royalty!
- Tredegar House
Dark arts, riotous parties, war heroism, crocodiles and crucifixes, Tredegar House has never been an ordinary household! One of the architectural wonders of Wales, situated in 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland, the house provides a fantastic day out.
- Big Pit National Coal Museum
Big Pit is an award-winning national museum and real coal mine. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit offers a multi-media tour, exhibitions in the Pithead Baths and historic colliery buildings, as well as the world-famous Underground Tour, where visitors can go 300 feet underground with a real miner to see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face.
One of the greatest medieval castles and the second biggest castle in Britain, Caerphilly is undoubtedly one of the mightiest fortresses in Wales. Surrounded by two huge lakes, the castle is located in the centre of Caerphilly town and spreads over more than 30 acres.