Cardiff City Guide

Things to Do

Rugby & Football
International games take place in Cardiff in Feb, March & November most years. There is also usually a game to be found at the Arms Park between September & April, be it Cardiff Blues or Cardiff RFC. 

Alternatively there is Championship football at
Cardiff City Stadium most weeks.

National Museum of Wales
A must for any art lovers, the National Museum stocks the largest collection of impressionist 
paintings anywhere in the world outside of France, and it's all free! The building itself and the surrounding Civic Centre are beautiful too. 

Cardiff Story Museum
Cardiff's other museum, the Cardiff Story Museum, may be small but it contains a mountain of information detailing the history and transition of the town over the years from village to capital city, and it's also free and reopening soon!

Cardiff Castle
The centrepiece of the city, Cardiff Castle is a journey through time, charting the progress of Cardiff from Roman times to Norman conquest, from the Medieval period to modern emergence under the Bute family, through World War 2 and beyond. Make sure to avail of the extra tour options of the Clock Tower and House Tour, but they cost £3.75 extra on top the £13 entry.
  
Bute Park & Roath Park
Cardiff is a very green city, and two beautiful, centrally located parks include Bute and Roath. Bute Park is famed for it's trees and Animal Wall, while Roath contains a lovely central lake with a lighthouse within it.

Castell Coch
Cardiff's version of a Disney Land Castle is only seven miles away, at the opposite end of Bute Park from Cardiff Castle. Taking a cycle through the park to get there is a nice way to visit it. Entry is £8.30
  














Llandaff Cathedral
Cardiff's primary cathedral is about 40 minutes walk outside the city centre in Llandaff. Combining medieval and post-WW2 architecture, it dates back to 1120 

Cardiff Market
The city market, with entrances on St. Mary St. and Trinity St. contains plenty of options for food and souvenirs, and many photo opportunities as well. It opens until 5:30pm daily but is closed on Sundays.  

Cardiff Bay
Cardiff's iconic waterfront regeneration project has been a big success, and Cardiff Bay these days contains plenty of bars and restaurants, famous old buildings like the Pierhead, Norwegian Church and Coal Exchange, but also new structures like the Wales Millennium Centre and The Senedd. 

For transport options to the Bay, you can find them on this page...  

Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby St, Cardiff

Food, Drink & Souvenirs

Madame Fromage
Despite the French name, there's plenty of Welsh food on offer, including Welsh Rarebit and Welsh cheeses. Currently still closed.
 
Uncommon Ground
One of the city's more unique and quirky coffee places, and beautifully located in Cardiff's oldest arcade, dating from 1858, Royal Arcade.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Ideal for lunch or afternoon tea, and nicely located just inside the entrance of Bute Park 













Tiny Rebel
Perfect for beer lovers, Tiny Rebel is the foremost craft brewery in Wales. Their brewery is in nearby Newport, but their flagship bar in Cardiff has more beer options than one can imagine, all very reasonable priced and there's also live music, comedy shows and great food
 
Clwb Ifor Bach
Fancy hearing some Welsh language while in Cardiff? Then perhaps the best place to hear it is in this Welsh speaking bar on Womanby St, named after Cardiff's favourite Lord/Kidnapper.  

Coffee Barker
Great coffee and breakfast, accompanied by a multitude of comfortable couches in the setting of perhaps the prettiest of Cardiff's arcades, Castle Aracde.

Shop Wales
If your looking for lovespoons, dragons, welsh language souvenirs and even Welsh cakes, the good people at Shop Wales will help you out!

Castle Welsh Crafts
For locally hand crafted and authentic traditional Welsh souvenirs, this shop is ideally located directly opposite Cardiff Castle 

Cardiff Caste, Cardiff
The Exchange, Cardiff Bay

Outside Cardiff

There is more to Wales than just Cardiff of course, and you don't need to go to far to find beautiful beaches, castles, scenery and interesting museums.

Barry Island
Cardiff's nearby seaside resort has attracting 'tourists' to its beaches for the past 150 years. An ideal location for a beach stroll with local fish & chips, and only 30 minutes from Cardiff Central Station

Swansea & the Gower
Wales' second city is less than 50 miles away, containing the tallest building in Wales, the brilliant National Waterfront Museum and the Dylan Thomas Centre.

The nearby Gower Peninsula contains some of the country's most beautiful beaches, at Rhossili, Three Cliffs Bay and Oxwich Bay. Llangennith is also a world renowned surf spot 

Take the X10 bus from Custom House St. or else trains run regularly to Swansea from Cardiff Central


Brecon Beacons
The closest national park to the city offers numerous hikes, routes and trails with breathtaking views of the surounding valleys. Easily accessible for day trips from the city, just take the T4 bus from Custom House St.
 

St. Fagan's
St. Fagan's National History Museum, or museum of Welsh life, is an ideal day out for families, and it's free (as long as you can get there). The mostly outdoor facility is a recreation of Welsh life over the centuries, with functioning tea rooms and sweet shops, as well as a farm. It's only five miles from the city centre, so if you don't have a car the 32A bus goes directly there from Castle St

Caerphilly Castle
Britain's second largest castle is only eight miles away (or a 20 minute train journey) and is incredibly well preserved for a 13th century fortress 

Big Pit
Cardiff was built on the coal industry, and Big Pit National Coal Museum is a great introduction and overview of the daily work life of a coal miner in industrial Wales. Entry is free, but it's 20 miles north of Cardiff, in Blaenavon, so a car would be ideal   

Next Bike, Cardiff

Getting Around Cardiff

Cardiff is not a huge city, and it is also quite heavily pedestrianised these days, so walking is of course the easiest way to get around the city. However, if necessary, other modes of transport are well catered for. 

Trains

There are decent train links in the city between Cardiff and it's suburbs and even nearby towns like Penarth, Barry and Caerphilly. Cardiff Central Station is the main station in the city 

Buses

Cardiff's public bus system is very reasonably priced, with most journey's generally costing £1.90. Of course, bus schedules and their frequency vary depending where you go, but most bus routes can be found on Castle St, Westgate St or St. Mary St. 

Any bus with a T is free on weekends, such as the T4 to Brecon or T9 to the airport 

Boats

One way to get around Cardiff is by boat, especially from the city centre to Cardiff Bay (more info on this page). Alternatively there are numerous cheap boat tour companies in the Bay that do tours of Cardiff Bay Barrage

Bikes

Cardiff is reasonably bike friendly, especially compared to other parts of the UK, as there are plenty of parks and bike paths. You can use the city bike scheme, Next Bike (downloading the app is required) for £1 every 30 minutes, or rent a bike for £10 from Pedal Power​.

Caerphilly Castle
Dylan Thomas Statue, Swansea Marina

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Other Tours

There are other styles of tour on offer in the city, however availability may be limited still.


Cardifferent Pub Tour
For something a little (Car)different, this pub tour of central Cardiff will definitely educate and entertain you in equal measure, and it's a great way to meet people as well. Make sure to pay attention as there is a quiz at the end...























See Wales Tours
There is more to Wales than just Cardiff of course, and See Wales offers numerous day bus tours to destinations outside the city, including to the Gower Peninsula or the old Roman town of Caerwent for example

Cardifferent Pub Tours

Where to Stay

There are a handful of high quality, yet reasonably priced, hostels in the city, all with great common areas that make it easy to meet people. Some may not have reopened yet.  


They are...

Bunkhouse
Contains a very kooky basement area, featuring a bed, bar and cinema 

Mrs Potts
The most unique and colourful in Cardiff, with breakfast available all day 

Nomad
Contains a pool table in the spacious and comfortable communal areas
  
NosDa
Has a pretty lively public bar with live music, especially on weekends

YHA
The biggest hostel in the city and very convenient for accessing Cardiff Bay
 
Riverhouse
Now a B&B with a series of large, affordable rooms in a great location