Things to do in Cardiff:
Whether you live in Cardiff or are visiting the city there’s plenty to do to keep you occupied. And if you haven’t considered visiting Cardiff before, then you should!
The youngest capital in Europe has a lot to offer both tourists and residents.
We have searched the internet for the best ideas and shared some of our findings with you:
Please find a list of Things to do in Cardiff as recommended by a local in the Metro:
There are 25 recommendations and I have done 20 of these trips or events and they are all well worth it. I specially recommend (1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11).
Visit Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay has lots to offer including Hotels, Bar, Restaurants, Bowling, Cinema, Walks, Techniquest, the Senedd, Wales Millennium Centre to name a few.
Visit one of the cities wonderful parks including Bute Park or Roath Park
Spend the day looking around and relaxing in one of the cities beautiful parks including Bute Park behind the castle or Roath Park in the heart of the city.
Take in a game at the Millennium Stadium
Come on a match day as there’s nothing quite like watching an international rugby (or occasional football) match in the Millennium Stadium. Rugby internationals are great for those with kids – the whole city takes on a carnival vibe
Visit our Senedd (Welsh Parliament)
The National Assembly for Wales is where Assembly Members make laws for Wales. It’s the seat of democracy here! You can get a free tour around the Richard Rogers’ designed building, grab a coffee, or just enjoy the view.
Eat out in the Clink (Cardiff prison restaurant)
Visit The Clink – it’s a restaurant in Cardiff prison, which offers a genuine opportunity for prisoners to change their lives, giving them work experience and qualifications plus the food their is great too.
Get breakie or go shopping in Cardiff Indoor market
Visit Cardiff central market. This is hands down the cheapest place to get a fried breakfast in the whole city centre. Also a great place to pick up fruit and veg, local meat, Welsh cakes, fabrics, second hand records and books, or get your palm read!
Take a boat out at Roath Park boating lake
If their weather is permitting you can take a boat out on the boating lake a get a picture with one of the cities most well known icons.
Get lost in one of Cardiff’s many Victorian Arcades
Cardiff’s shopping experience is best found in its meandering, Victorian arcades. Explore them all and get a taste for all our best independent boutiques.
Catch a show or event at the Wales Millennium Centre
Get educated at the National Museum and Art Gallery
The museum is one of our greatest cultural assets. The gallery has some world renowned masterpieces in it too. And it’s free to enter.
Take a trip around Cardiff Castle
Step back in time and check out Cardiff Castle. Nestled right in the heart of the city centre, between the shopping part and Bute Park, the castle is open seven days a week and is a great place to take kids.
If you’re arty, get to Chapter
If you’re of an arty persuasion, Chapter Arts Centre in Canton is your spiritual home-away-from-home. There’s an art-house cinema, performance spaces, and a massive café/bar area where you’ll be surrounded by yummy mummies and hipsters on laptops working on their latest projects. It’s brilliant.
Uncover Cardiff’s hidden Gem, The Lookout Cafe & Bar
Watch one of the Bay’s many events or enjoy the glorious sunshine or sun sets at this little Gem of a venue.
Hit a car boot sale
For shopping lovers who also love some value for money bargains, there are a couple of great car boot sales in Cardiff that you’ve just got to visit. Get to Splott Market on a Saturday, or Bessemer Road on a Sunday.
In the summer, head to Sully
Sully at summertime is where the rich spoils of the Vale of Glamorgan await you including Cosmeston Lakes and the Captain’s Wife.
Watch the Bluebirds fly!
Catch a Bluebirds Premier League game
Get along to Cardiff City Stadium to watch them, at least for the upcoming season 2018/2019 play in the Premier League.
Catch an Event, Expo or Show at the Motorpoint Arena
There’s always something going on at the Motorpoint Arena including various business expos, lots of pop / music stars and comic con etc.
Discover a Viking smuggler’s island
If you’ve got transportation, head south from Cardiff to the small settlement of Swanbridge, where – when the tide is out – you can walk over to Sully Island, which was an old smuggler’s haunt. There’s still a shipwreck here that’s visible, and the island itself is wild and overgrown, with a history stretching back to the Bronze Age.
Search for buried treasure at Jacob’s Market
Just by Cardiff Central train station is the hidden gem of Jacob’s Antiques. Four floors of amazing vintage antiquity, there’s also a lovely view from the roof terrace, and they even hold events here.
Check out Cardiff’s Magic Roundabout
Just so you can say you have seen it or at least passed by it, you should check out the Magic roundabout. A roundabout full of sculptures made out of signs. Especially now the sculptures have been recently restored.
Get holy at Llandaff Cathedral
Llandaff Cathedral is a huge and incredible building, set in the beautiful and very old ‘village’ of Llandaff. It’s worth a visit, whether you’re of a spiritual persuasion or not.
Walk the barrage
If the weather’s nice, there’s nothing better than walking the Cardiff Bay 10k trail, which takes you through Cardiff Bay, over the barrage, and past our wetlands. The barrage itself is a pretty crazy feat of engineering, and makes for a lovely walking (or cycling) route in the sunshine.
Walk, Run or (my preferred method), cycle the Taff Trail
The Taff trail follows the river Taff from it’s origins in Brecon, North of the City to the bay, South of the City so can be enjoyed for various activities at many different points throughout the City. A ride from Castle Cork to the bay and back or vice versa is a lovely way to see the whole of the Cardiff part of the Trail.
Learn about the city
The Cardiff Story museum is the place to learn everything about our fair capital. There’s also a visitor information centre in here, and lockers
Visit a fairy tale castle – Castell Coch
A small way out of the city centre is our fairytale castle, built by eccentric genius William Burges. It’s set in rolling hillsides, and the grounds are a great place for countryside walking.
Join the circus!
Fancy joining the circus? Internationally renowned NoFit State Circus have their HQ in Cardiff. If you’ve ever fancied running away with the circus, they run classes and taster sessions for everything from juggling to flying trapeze.
For more Things to do in Cardiff or Things to do in other parts of Wales please see more of our Things To Do Pages.