View of Cardiff Castle

Places to stay in Cardiff

Welcome to Cardiff

Explore the vibrant capital of Wales.

Situated on the south coast of Wales, Cardiff is jam-packed full of sporting culture, and is a great mixture of old and new. The medieval Cardiff Castle resides in the city centre, whereas the revitalised waterfront at Cardiff Bay includes the Millennium Centre plus shops and lots of places to eat and drink.

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Things to do in Cardiff

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Cardiff Bay Visitors Centre

This striking building is found on Harbour Drive in the revitalised Cardiff Bay area, providing a fascinating portrait of the city's maritime history and its modern regeneration.

Explore the mines

Just outside Cardiff is the Big Pit, a genuine working coalmine which is now used to illustrate how the mining industry developed over the years, with working technology from the 1870s onwards.

Natural history

One of Europe's best open-air museums, the St Fagans National History Museum celebrates Welsh life and culture with authentic displays in over 100 acres of picturesque parklands.


The Bay Art Gallery and the Albany Gallery are just two examples of the many free art exhibitions appearing in and around modern Cardiff, celebrating local and international artists.

Doctor Who locations

Cardiff is the home of Doctor Who. Episodes from the last few seasons have nearly all been filmed in Cardiff - making it the ideal place to explore as a Doctor Who fan.

The modern city of Cardiff

The capital of Wales since 1955, Cardiff has undergone significant regeneration and modernisation since manufacturing industries began to decline in the latter half of the 20th century. The rebuilt Cardiff Bay now houses the Welsh Parliament building, the home of the Welsh National Opera, Techniquest Science and Discovery Centre and a host of other striking buildings. Cardiff is now thriving centre for the arts, business and shopping.

The wider area of the Vale of Glamorgan boasts beautiful rolling countryside and a rugged coastline with numerous high-quality beaches.

Big Pit

Big Pit National Coal Museum

With facilities to educate and entertain, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out. Don't miss the underground tour. Visit the Big Pit website

St. Fagan's National History Museum

St. Fagan's National History Museum

Get a taste of Welsh culture at this open-air museum of life in Wales, chronicling the history, lifestyle and architecture of local people.