A guide to Cardiff - What to See and do
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The modern capital of Wales is one of the UK’s most interesting and exciting cities. With historic castles and grand museums alongside world-class venues and stunning modern architecture, this small but vibrant city has enthusiastically taken its place among the capitals of Europe.
There’s fantastic shopping and a buzzing nightlife, and a whole world of countryside walks, beautiful coastline, and ancient monuments within easy reach.
Why visit Cardiff?
Combining the old with the new, Cardiff serves as a working centre of government for Wales, as well as a cultural and historic hub.
From the elegant Bute Park and the grand edifices of the National Museum and the medieval romance of Cardiff Castle, to the vibrant and modern Cardiff Bay with its breathtaking Wales Millennium Centre and the modern heart of Welsh democracy, the Senedd.
You’re never short of great places to eat in Cardiff either, with fresh seafood as well as cuisine from all over the world. There are also fantastic music venues and clubs showcasing the best in local and visiting talent, along with many great bars and pubs for unforgettable evenings on the town.
What to see in Cardiff
Whatever your taste in sightseeing, Cardiff has something to delight everyone. Starting from the heart of the city you have the beautiful green space of Bute Park with the River Taff running alongside, within which stands the stunning Cardiff Castle. This huge fortress contains a genuine medieval keep alongside Victorian gothic fantasies in towers and arches.
If you fancy some shopping, you’ll be well catered for in the city centre, with small boutiques and larger department stores, as well as local markets serving up fresh produce. In the centre of the shopping district you’ll find The Cardiff Story museum, offering visitors an engaging and interactive look at the history of the city.
Cardiff has great motorway links from Dover and London, and can be reached in around 3 hours 30 minutes’ drive from the ferry port via the M4.
You can also make use of our other Channel routes such as Dieppe to Newhaven, which also puts you 3 hours 30 minutes’ drive from Cardiff.
The city is also within easy reach of other exciting destinations such as Bath, Gloucester, and the Brecon Beacons National Park.