About Cardiff

Cardiff is a city of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. Within the few square miles of the city-centre alone, you’ll find a wealth of things to do, whatever your tastes, and in the surrounding areas, you’ll find everything from abseiling to whisky tasting.

With world-class attractions which draw people from all over the UK and abroad you’ll be spoilt for choice in Cardiff. Choose from historic houses and castles or wildlife and water sports.

You’ll find a lively entertainment scene in and around Cardiff, which features opera, ballet, musicals, and live music from world-class acts. Across the city, there are a range of theatres, galleries, museums, arts and live music venues. From the traditional to the ground-breakingly modern, from seating thousands to cosy intimate spaces, Cardiff can satisfy every taste.

Cardiff is a city proud of its culture, history and language which has undergone a fascinating journey over the last 2000 years. Discover Cardiff’s progress from a small settlement, to the world’s busiest port, to the modern capital city it is today.

To enhance your taste of Wales, visit our Instant Welsh lesson page. Here you’ll find a quick introduction to the Welsh language as well as where you can go to learn more.

When arriving in Cardiff, Wales or even the UK for the first time, it’s good to have a bit of background knowledge. Our

If you want to find out more about Cardiff, why not contact our Tourist Information Centre, or request or download one of our brochures.

City Sightseeing

Cardiff is a lovely city to just walk around.  The city centre is quite compact and so is easily explored.  There is an open top bus tour which departs from outside Cardiff Castle on a regular basis.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day and last for 24 hours.

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay, just a mile from the city centre, is now a popular part of any visit to Cardiff. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops in Mermaid Quay, cruise or sail on the water, or explore attraction such as the impressive Wales Millennium Centre, Norwegian Church, new Doctor Who Experience, Red Dragon Centre, World of Boats or Techniquest – an interactive science discovery centre.

Cardiff Bay is now a mecca for Doctor Who fans from around the world. The new Doctor Who Experience sits next door to BBC Roath Lock Studios. The series is filmed around Cardiff and South Wales and you can spot many filming locations in Cardiff Bay. Why not take the unofficial guided 1 hour walking tour of locations with Brit Movie tours.

Regular free festivals and events, such as the International Food and Drink Festival and Cardiff Harbour Festival, take place during the summer.

Find out more about Cardiff Bay – www.visitcardiffbay.info.