If you’re planning a visit to Cardiff, you’ll find plenty to see and do once you’re there: the Welsh capital has a huge number of attractions, from castles and museums to great shopping centres, lively clubs and entertainment. Whether you’re staying in one of the youth hostels in Cardiff, a B&B or a fancy hotel, you’re sure to have a great trip and keep coming back for more.
Here are a few of Cardiff’s best destinations – some are well-known attractions, others are hidden gems! You’re sure to find much more once you’re in the city, but these make a great starting-point.
Located right in the city centre, this is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Wales. The site’s history dates back more than 2,000 years, and today the visitors can experience film and multimedia exhibits, walk around the battlements and learn more about the daily life of a Welsh soldier in days past.
Doctor Who Experience
Sci-fi fans won’t want to miss this one – it’s an interactive journey through time and space where visitors play the role of assistant in one of the Doctor’s adventures! After the experience is over, fans can take a look at a collection of artefacts and costumes from the series, meet the Cybermen, Judoon and Scarecrows, and much more.
Waterloo Gardens Teahouse
If you’re gasping for a cuppa in the middle of the city, this is the place to go – it’s stocked up with 50 varieties of tea and coffee, delicious baking and local artworks. The Teahouse has quite a cult following among Cardiff’s bohemian residents – it’s the perfect place to rest and regroup on a day’s shopping trip.
Cardiff International White Water Centre
Yearning for a bit of adventure? Try your hand on the rapids at this incredible watersports centre, which offers rafting, hydrospeeding and kayaks. The less experienced can take a few lessons before plunging into the white water, or even go gorge walking or surfing with one of the off-site activity packages.
National Museum Cardiff
A fantastic collection in beautiful surroundings, the National Museum is a showcase of archaeology, geology, art and natural history. Everything from dinosaurs and Bronze Age weapons to classic Impressionist paintings and the story of Wales itself is here, and there’s something people of all ages can enjoy. Best of all, admission is free!