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With both beauty and bustle in abundance, you’ll find a variety of free things to do in Cardiff. As well as magnificent modern architecture, the city is rich in green space and rustic spots, so be sure to set aside some time to explore.
Overlooking Roald Dahl Plass, The Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre (affectionately known as ‘The Tube’ due to its design) offers insight into Cardiff's legendary maritime history, along with stunning panoramic views across Cardiff Bay.
Those who love the great outdoors should pay a visit to The Vale of Glamorgan, with its quaint little villages, dramatic coastline and golden beaches. A little further West and you’ll find the Gower Peninsula – the first place in the UK to be named as an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Bikes rides along the Taff Trail or Barrage Coastal Path also make for a fun family day out. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch al fresco off the beaten track.
Cardiff is noted for its cultural wealth and rich heritage. You’ll be spoilt for choice with museums, galleries and a lively entertainment scene – all within easy reach.
Cardiff Castle, a magnificent medieval site with a 2000-year history, allows you to walk where Roman soldiers slept and knights held court in amongst stunning murals and stained glass.
If you’re an art lover, the National Museum Cardiff houses one of the largest collections of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris, while the Chapter Arts Centre is one of Europe’s leading arts centres.
Cardiff is also home to world class live acts. The iconic Wales Millennium Centre is a popular performing arts venue, showcasing the Welsh National Opera and The BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
A city thriving with history and culture, Cardiff attracts millions of visitors worldwide. Easy to explore on foot, the modern Welsh capital offers a wide range of shopping, architecture, museums and restaurants – all within the city centre. Before you travel to Cardiff, check out our destination guide to help you make the most of your time.
From sport and entertainment to history and culture, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Cardiff.
Cardiff Bay is one of the city’s biggest attractions. Built of the old docklands, the Bay is home to the famous Wales Millennium Centre, as well as a large freshwater lake for water sports. Stop off for a quick bite at one of the nearby cafés or just take a pew and admire the view.
Doctor Who fans will want to stop off at the Doctor Who Experience, a unique interactive adventure that transports you and the Doctor on a journey through time!
Cardiff has also earned its stripes as a sporting capital, due to its quality of events and outstanding facilities. Sport enthusiasts will find world class rugby, football and cricket stadiums, with an International Sports Village featuring an Olympic sized pool.
Cardiff is a shopping capital, with a good mix of designer boutiques, high street stores, independent shops and vintage outlets.
Recently voted the UK’s sixth best shopping destination, Cardiff is home to beautiful Edwardian and Victorian arcades as well as modern malls and bustling markets.
Mermaid Quay is a great spot for shopping. Overlooking Cardiff Bay, the Quay is dotted with beautiful boutiques and charming little delicatessens. Those who want to lose an afternoon perusing the shops should head to The Hayes. One of Cardiff’s most historic shopping streets, The Hayes is a combination of both designer and high street stores that runs from the old part of the city into the new.