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Top Places to visit in Cardiff, Wales

Updated on July 23, 2015
Places to visit in Cardiff
Places to visit in Cardiff | Source

So you fancy visiting Wales?

Well if your planning a trip to Wales (good on you!) or your thinking about visiting and wondering what you could do if you did, then this Hub is made for you! In this hub you will find a (fairly) definative list of all the main attractions you will find in Cardiff City Centre. If you are interested in Cardiff Bay and what it has to offer you can find my Hub on it here.

My aim is to give you a general over view of what Cardiff in its entirety has to see and do and some helpful tips and visitor info along the way, and to help map your visit. Plus point you in the right direction of all the extra info you could possibly need. I have also included my opinion of the attractions so you can have a personaly insight to the attractions and whether they are worth visiting (or paying to get in to).

I hope to be able to update these hubs regularly on any new attractions or changes to the attractions so if you would like something added to the hub, or want to know more about a specific attraction just let me know and I'll see what I can do,

Map of Cardiff

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A markerNational Museum Cardiff -
Amgueddfa Cymru, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 3NP, UK
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B markermillenium stadium -
Millennium Stadium, Westgate St, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1NS
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C markerthe cardiff story -
The Cardiff Story, The Old Library, Trinity St, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1BH, UK
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D markerCardiff Castle -
Cardiff, UK
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Cardiff Castle Keep
Cardiff Castle Keep | Source
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle | Source
The Millennium Stadium
The Millennium Stadium | Source
Wales National Gallery
Wales National Gallery | Source
The inside of the Wales National Gallery
The inside of the Wales National Gallery | Source
The Cardiff Story
The Cardiff Story | Source
Cardiff Arcades
Cardiff Arcades | Source
Cardiff Victorian Arcades
Cardiff Victorian Arcades | Source

1. Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle sits right at the heart of Cardiff City, with a truly remarkable history that spans over 200 years. It is a great place to visit if your interested in not just the history of Cardiff and Wales but history in general. Many of the rooms have been restored to their original features and tour guides can provide a informative and fact filled trip around the main apartments.

The Castle is often a hive of activity with many events on all year round. From historical recreation and memorials, children's history and craft days, seasonal craft and trade days, medieval banquets and Joust (hugely popular jousting and medieval festival).

You can find out about all the upcoming events on the website. Prices start at £11 for adults and £8.50 for children, but if you live or work in the Cardiff area you can sign up for a 'Key to the Castle' Card which gives you free entry to the grounds on normal days and discounts for most events. All you need to do is visit the ticket desk with a form of id with Cardiff address or a payslip of cardiff based business - you will be issued with a photo id card that you can use to gain entry whenever you want.

My Opinion: Me and Jon have actually spent a number of afternoons in the castle grounds having picnics on the grass, watching the birds of prey being trained or taking photos off the top of the keep. So in my opinion it is a great place to go if you live here and have a 'Key to the Castle' card. If you are visiting for a one off, unless you are really interested in castles I think the prices are a bit steep as you can see the exterior all the way round the outside and can sit in the Bute gardens around it.

2. The Millenium Stadium

Rugby fan in the family? Or just a general sports buff? Then you simply have to visit the Millennium Stadium - the heart of Welsh Rugby (and possibly world rugby!). After all rugby is the national pastime of the Welsh Nation and we are a country of rugby fanatics!

So if you wish to visit the Stadium you will have to book onto a tour (you can see the outside fromt the street but must pay to go inside) the tours are very popular so book early to avoid disappointment. You will be given a VIP tour of the entire stadium including the pitch, the changing rooms, the hospitality suits and the press confrence room, where many pre and post match programmes are filmed and aired.

Avaliable every hour Mon-Sat 10am - 5pm and Sunday and Bank Holiday's 10am - 4pm. Although no tours on match days. Prices £7.50 Adults £4.95 Children and Concessions. For all other info on how to book see the website.

My Opinion: I have never taken the tour myself but i have been lucky enough to see a number of matches in the stadium and attend a number of business events in the hospitality suites and I will say it is an amazing beautiful building. I would love to go down to the changing rooms and on to the pitch though so I will take the tour some day I think. But if you are a real fan then I would say that you should aim to visit when there is a match on as the atmosphere is so intense during a match and the whole city comes alive.

3. National Museum Cardiff

"From art to science, everyday objects to beautiful artifacts, you'll find it all in one incredible museum" - That's the tag line on their brochure and it pretty much sums it up. The national Museum cardiff houses a great and varied collection of items. With both perminent and temporary exhibitions there will always be something to see - and something to interest the whole family.

The huge historical and modern art and sclpture collection housed in the newly built West Wing Galleries features the work from such artists as Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso, Hockney, Renoir and Freud - to name but a few!

The amazing natural history section literally spanning thousands of years features animals, birds, insects, dinosaurs, plants, and even some moon rock! Also houses the world's largest leatherback turtle (sadly its not alive though). And you can take a trip through space and time with the Evolution of Wales gallery.

Archaeology more your thing - then the Discover Ancient Wales exhibition may be more up your street. Tracing life in wales from the very earliest human remains 230,000 years ago throught the Stone Age to the end of the Middle Ages. Take a look at many of the long lost and rediscovered items on display.

For a list of the current temporary exhibitions you can find them all on the website. Entry is free thanks to the funding by the Welsh Assembly Government. Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm and most bank holiday Mondays

My Opinion: I am not hugely into classical art, although I can see the beauty and skill in it, and history isnt really my thing either, so I suppose a museum isnt really a place you would expect me to go, but that being said I do love to view art and the natural history section is truly amazing! Plus the galleries often have great temporary exhibition - I am mostly into photography so always like to attend the wildlife photographer of the year and other similar exhibitions. This is a lovely (free) place to spend and afternoon and is suitable for the whole family.

4. The Cardiff Story

This place is fairly new and I have yet to go there actually. So I shan't give you my opinion just yet (will update when I eventually get there) but what I can tell you is that the Cardiff Story is situated in the centre of town next to, and above the Tourist Info Office. It contains history exhibitions about the Cardiff area as well as interactive displays and exhibitions for children. With a huge gallery of Cardiff photos, paintings, oral histories and Cardiff based items you'll be able to learn all about different aspects of Cardiff life and its development into the city it is today.

Check the website for some more info and upcoming events

5. Cardiff Victorian Arcades

There isn't really a huge amount to say about these other than you really should take a stroll through at least one of them if you are visiting Cardiff. There are 6 original victorian arcades in Cardiff - now what I mean by arcade is little covered streets of shops leading though (and underneath) other buildings. These are mostly filled with small independent retailers and rarely high street chain store. So the items you get in them tends to be a little more boutiquey and individual, They are really beautiful buildings too as most of the features are original or restored at least.

My Opinion: Like every woman I am a shopper, I love to shop and am happy when I'm shopping, so I adore the arcades. There are a number of great boutiques in them, stocking unique, vintage or limited run clothing and brands. But it's not just fashion stores, the arcades are filled with every shop imaginable. From deli's, hairdressers, 2 camera shops (Jons favourite one included), jewellerys, bridal store, restaurants, gift shops, beauticians, music stores, antique shops, sports shops, a printers and even a truly stunning mini department store! Worth a visit every time even if your not that into shopping they are a great place to go.

Other Places that may be of interest.

So there you have it...

That is pretty much everything Cardiff City has to offer in terms of tourist stuff, (it is mostly a huge shopping centre). If you want to read about what there is to do in Cardiff Bay check my Hub on the Bay here.

I really hope you chose to visit Cardiff one day as it is a beautiful, lively, cosmopolitan City that so many people overlook just because it is in Wales and not England. I hope you enjoy your visit and find this hub helpful when you come.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      I am so glad you enjoyed it, I have another Cardiff Hub too, all based on Cardiff Bay if you want to read more on Cardiff sites. And thank you so much for your compliments. Im still pretty new here so it is very nice to get compliments on my work!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I so enjoyed this hub, Daisy. I have a very good friend in Wales and it was so delightful to read about the places he roams around in with his friends. Thank you for this informative and interesting hub. I like your pictures and you are a great writer.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Everyone should visit Wales. We tend to get a little forgotten when people visit the uk and they just stay in London, Wales is so much nicer! Sadly I don't really speak much welsh, but could probably say a few phrases of I needed too! Lol!

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      Logos831 5 years ago from somewhere, ca

      Awesome hub! Visiting the Cardiff Victorian arcades has been on my travel wish list for a long time. I really want to visit Wales in general as well because I'd love to hear someone speak Welsh in person- I think it's an absolutely beautiful language!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Glad you liked your visit! Rugby is a national past time I think, and there are very few people who don't get behind wales when we are playing. Hope you visit again!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great insight into highlights of a City i have great memories of visiting! Such wonderful people with similar sense of humors to us Irish!! Had the pleasure of seeing the last game in "Cardiff Arms" when Ireland just about took a victory. For any rugby enthusiasts visiting, i definitely agree that a visit here to the" new" millennium stadium for a game is not to be missed! The welsh passion is infectious and like no other!! I also concur with livingabroad, Gower is awesome!!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Hello to a fellow Welshie then! The Gower is so beautiful I was thinking of doing a guide to all the beaches on the heritage coast actually!

      Thank you!!

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Daisy,

      Great hub. Cardiff is a great place, obviously from a biased viewpoint as I'm Welsh! If people are in the land of my fathers, I'd also recommend a brief visit to the Gower coast, Swansea. Only an hour and a half away. Naturally stunning and no better place on a summers day! Have you been?

      Up, useful and SHARING.

      Thanks!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Yeah but I am too old for that not. I don't like the three day hsng overs.

      I think it is better to stick with the tsffy now. Yum yum.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Lol, lots of pubs to crawl in wales!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Hi Daisy

      I would love to visit Wales again. It is truly a wonderful place with beautiful people.

      Mind you, no pub crawls though. ha ha

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      We are indeed a very friendly nation! If Tom Jones is your cousin that would be amazing. What I can tell you is his real name is Thomas Woodward and he was born in the Rhondda Valleys. He's around 72 now. Hope you will visit Wales soon, it real is a beautiful place!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Very informative.

      As my family emigrated from Wales last century there was a dep desire to go back to my roots.

      The one thing that stuck out to me was how friendly the Welsh are.

      I've been told Tom Jones is my mothers siters son but never researched it.

      Love your castles and beaches.