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What To Do In Cardiff

We’ve given you our guide to where to go in Cardiff, but what about what to do?
 
As the capital of Wales, Cardiff has a vivid past, clearly written into the landscape of the city, but as the youngest capital in Europe and a technological hub, has an unexpectedly progressive nature, leading to an interesting cross section of tourist sites across the city.
 
Whether you’re a nature lover or a family of five, Cardiff has something to keep everyone occupied, but here’s our round-up of the best ways to spend your days in the city.
 

Best for the Arts

The National Museum of Wales

Drawing visitors from all over the world, the art collection at the National Museum covers a broad and impressive range. Including world-renowned impressionist and post-impressionist work, 1930s surrealism and 20th century art from Wales and abroad, the National Museum provides a deep insight into the creativity of Wales as a nation. And with natural history, geology, and archaeology exhibitions too, the museum can easily cover a whole day.
 

Chapter Arts Centre

Established through a series of crowdfunding projects before crowdfunding was cool, including a concert by Pink Floyd, the Chapter Arts Centre was set up in 1971 to serve as an arts centre for the Cardiff community. Hosting regular mainstream and world cinema veiwings, including the LGBTQ friendly Lavender Screenings, talks, workshops and regular gallery exhibitions with free entry, Chapter provides an accessible and relaxed entryway to art for everyone.
 

The Millennium Centre

The Millennium Centre in Cardiff is hard to miss. With a striking Welsh slate and steel structure, with a copper coloured dome, the Centre, or the Armadillo as it is affectionately titled, is as artful as the huge range of concerts and performances it hosts daily. With live music performances, ballet and theatre shows, the Millennium Centre caters to all tastes, in a vibrant and beautiful location.
 

Best for Nature Lovers

Cardiff has more green space per head, than any other city in Europe. And with several sprawling parks, urban green spaces, and an incredible countryside never too far from your door, Cardiff is an ideal place to live for nature lovers.
 

The Taff Trail

If you’re still up for adventuring after exploring Bute Park, or the beautiful Dyffryn Gardens and Pontcanna Fields, open up the lungs of the city and take on the Taff Trail.
 
Making the most of former rail routes, towpaths and tramways, the Taff Trail covers 55 miles of Welsh countryside and passes through historic sites like Cardiff Castle, allowing you to walk or cycle from Cardiff Bay through 2000 acres of parkland, all the way to the moorland of the Brecon Beacons. If you're keen to cycle, hit up Pedal Power next to the park, to hire decent quality bikes.
 

Best for Families

Techniquest

A trip to the Welsh Science and Discovery Centre is like a right of passage for every child in South Wales, and with over 120 hands on and interactive exhibits, it’s no wonder it was every parent and teacher’s day out of choice.
 
The UK’s longest established science discovery centre aims to inspire kids to learn without them even realising, with demonstrations, talks, a planetarium and a number of tactile and special exhibits throughout the city centre and the building itself. 
 
Keeping your kids - some of the exhibits are pretty adult friendly too - entertained for the entire day, it’s no wonder that Techniquest has attracted over 4 million people since it opened its doors in 1986.
 

Best for Thrill Seekers

The White Water Experience

Whilst you won’t go short of adrenaline-packed water sports in rural Wales, one of Wales most action packed experiences is located between two of Wales’ most famous urban landmarks, right in the centre of Cardiff Bay.
 
Although the man made rapids won’t allow you much time to appreciate the beauty of the Millennium Centre and Welsh National Assembly Building, the thrill alone will be enough to keep you sated for at least the rest of the day.
 

Best for Budding Historians

St. Fagans Natural History Museum

Located just outside the city in a pretty village, the National History Museum is one of the city’s most popular and remarkable attractions for visitors. Over 35 buildings, from an Iron Age Celtic village, to a traditional Welsh school house have been painstakingly rebuilt in 60 acres of beautiful gardens, with informative guides, activities and craft fairs on hand to make the experience come alive. You can even buy traditionally made Welsh bara brith, or try your hand at throwing pots in one of the farm houses.
 

Cardiff Castle

Over 2000 years old, but with a lavish interior makeover from the 19th century by architect William Burges, Cardiff Castle exemplifies the strange, but beautiful, combination of the old and new that inhabits Cardiff.
 
Take a tour through the fusion of Arabian, Gothic and Mediterranean styles, with intricate carvings, ornate decor and bold colours, or climb to the top of the keep for one of the best views in Cardiff.
 

Best for Sci-Fi Fiends

The Doctor Who Experience

One for the entire family, the Doctor Who Experience allows you to take part in your very own mini episode of Doctor Who, as you join forces with The Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, to save the world from a fearsome foe.
 
Facing off against a brand new monster, totally original to the Experience, you’ll have to journey into the heart of the Tardis as the Universe's’ only hope!
 
 
 
 
If you’re planning on moving to Cardiff, read our guides to the city and it’s residential areas here: