Things to see and do in the city
Boasting an impressively regenerated waterfront and magnificent national sports stadium, the vibrant city of Caerdydd has the true atmosphere of an international capital. Rest assured there’s plenty to see and do while enjoying the city’s youthful energy and buzz. With small or large car hire available, the city is just waiting to be explored. The many sights include the Castle, an unusual mix of Roman remains, Norman Keep and Victorian whimsy. The castle grounds also play host to the Great British Cheese Festival in September each year, a popular event showcasing the finest in British cheese and home to the World Cheese Tossing Championships.
The iconic Millennium Stadium in the centre of town is an impressive sight. The home of Welsh Rugby, it hosts Six Nations and Autumn International Series games. It is also the venue for concerts by international artists. Cardiff Bay is almost like a city apart with its shops, hotels and restaurants. The Wales Millennium Centre with its distinctive façade is a cultural landmark and home for the performing arts, standing beside the Grade 1 listed Pierhead building. The Norwegian Church, where Roald Dahl was christened, is now an arts centre and café with a Nordic twist.
Lest we forget one of the biggest attractions in the area: the interactive Doctor Who Experience. Travel through time in the famous Tardis and come face-to-face with the Daleks – if you’re feeling brave enough. You’ll also find the largest ever collection of original Doctor Who props and various other exhibits, including the entire collection of costumes from 1963 to the present day. The series is filmed on location in and around Cardiff so the city can rightfully, and proudly, be called the home of this iconic character.
The Welsh capital also ranks high in the retail stakes, with its Edwardian and Victorian arcades and modern shopping centres. All this retail therapy can work up an appetite but thankfully, the city boasts some of the best international restaurants in Wales (and indeed the UK), whether you are keen to try traditional Welsh fare or something different. Not to mention the cafés, bars, pubs, clubs… the Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay offers all this alongside beautiful waterside views.