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Are you looking for a city that has it all? With its picturesque coastal location, looking out across the Severn Estuary, Cardiff is the perfect place to visit. More cosmopolitan and lively than any other Welsh city, Cardiff attracts millions of visitors a year with top-class attractions, leisure facilities and intriguing heritage, and it’s really easy to navigate.
If you’ve never crossed the Welsh border before, Cardiff makes a great place to begin your discovery. Start planning your trip today, and get a bus to Cardiff with megabus.com.
Culture & Heritage
It’s only been the capital of Wales since 1955, but Cardiff has more than 2000 years of history for you to get to know. Why not kick start your discovery with a trip to St Fagans? The National History Museum is a great place to start, and it’s only a short journey out of town. It’s a living museum located in the grounds of the 16th century manor house, St Fagans Castle, and includes a beautiful Italian garden. Other cultural must-sees include the National Museum and Art Gallery, which displays science, art and natural history in the city centre.
Cardiff Castle is an amazing sight with some great views of the city, and the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral of St David is a beautiful Victorian cathedral close to the city’s main shopping districts. The Cardiff Story, at The Old Library on Trinity Street, tells tales of the city from the viewpoint of local people, tracing its history from small market town to major port.
So Many Free Things
Looking to keep the cost down on your trip? You can enjoy attractions like St Fagans and the National Museum for free, and that’s just the start of what Cardiff can offer you for nothing. Head for the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre with its eye-catching ‘tube’ design, and enjoy amazing views across the ocean, while finding out more about Cardiff’s maritime history. If you’ve got an eye for politics, you may prefer to stop by the National Assembly for Wales building; which also has a visitor centre with a free exhibition.
You’re also in luck for fantastic entertainment, with numerous festivals and events taking place in Cardiff throughout the year, so it’s always worth checking what’s coming up. The Millennium Centre often has free performances taking place in the foyer, while art lovers will be impressed by galleries like the Kooywood and the Martin Tinney, which showcase the best of the region’s upcoming and established talent.
Fancy some relaxation? As well as the beautiful Cardiff Bay, you can also relax in the city’s ‘green heart’ at Bute Park; a 56-hectare space, which is home to over 3000 species of tree. Bute also lies moments away from Cardiff Castle, the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff University.
A Diverse Array of Attractions
Need more reasons to hop on a bus to Cardiff? Did you know Doctor Who is largely filmed in the city? As a result, Cardiff Bay’s Doctor Who Experience has become one of the must-see attractions in town, at least for those looking to unleash their inner timelord amongst like-minded company. Rugby fans will seek out the Millennium Stadium, which also hosts large-scale music gigs, football and motorsport. You can book a guided tour of this landmark too.
Adventurous types can make the most of Cardiff Bay with a session of white-water rafting, kayaking, paddleboarding or surfing courtesy of Cardiff International White Water. The copper-coloured Millennium Centre has more sedentary activities like theatre and cinema covered too.
A Shopping Paradise
Want to shop ‘till you drop? You’re in luck, as Cardiff has taken its place amongst the top retail destinations in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. The city certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fashion, with virtually every store you could name at the grand St David’s centre; it has something for everyone. To find some real curiosities and vintage finds, be sure to check out the Cardiff Fashion Quarter, which brings more than 20 independent traders under the roof, of what was once an Art Deco cinema.
The Royal Arcade is also worth a visit, for locally made crafts, homeware and edible treats, while vinyl lovers can lose themselves at Catapult, Kelly’s and Spillers - the world’s oldest record shop. Whatever you seek, there’s little you won’t find in Cardiff.
Food for Thought
No self-respecting capital city would short-change you when it comes to dining, and Cardiff definitely delivers. What do feel like? The range is diverse, from Middle Eastern and Turkish, to American, Thai and French, and there’s plenty of places for something quick, informal and at great value. Perhaps the most unusual restaurant in town is The Clink, which provides work for local prisoners.
You’ll find all the usual chains, of course, but for Italian food the way it should be, try the highly rated Café Citta, Calabrisella or Anatonis. The city is packed full of coffee shops, including plenty of charming independents. Try the Little Man Coffee Company, Garlands Eatery or the Pettigrew Tea Rooms at the entrance to Bute Park.
If you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan dishes, try out Café Atma, Milgi or Crumbs Kitchen. For something sweet and outrageously tempting, try dessert places such as Kaspa’s, Emma Jane’s Cupcake Café and Jeromes Funkalicious.
A Buzzing Nightlife
You can make a night of it throughout the week in Cardiff, with a good number of clubs and bars within easy reach of each other. Places to check out include, superclub DC, which has drawn the likes of Clean Bandit and Snoop Dogg, basement bar 10 Mill Lane and cocktail lounge Lab 22.
Looking for live entertainment? TV comics and music A-listers stop off at the Motorpoint Arena, and St David’s Hall also pulls in some well-known names. The New Theatre and the Millennium Centre are worth checking out too.
If you’d rather keep your night simple and straightforward, there are various pubs all over the place; so there’s no reason to stay in.
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