Cardiff: top 3 things to do
1. Step inside Cardiff Castle
Interior décor doesn’t get much more opulent than the rooms inside Cardiff Castle. Book a house tour and you’ll get a look at some of the most dazzling, including Lord Bute’s gold-encrusted bedroom. Elsewhere there’s the Norman Keep, Roman wall and replica Trebuchet. Factor in miles of beautiful parkland and you’ll want to stay all day.
2. Visit the Doctor Who Experience
The Doctor Who Experience is a must for any Whovians visiting Cardiff. You have an interactive experience with the Twelfth Doctor, AKA Peter Capaldi. Plus, you’ll get access to the world’s biggest collection of Doctor Who props and costumes in the exhibition, and more of the same in the shop.
3. Watch a match at the Millennium Stadium
The Millennium Stadium, or Principality Stadium, is right in the heart of the city and hosts international rugby and football matches as well as headline music concerts. Time your visit right and you can be cheering your favourite team or singer from the sidelines. And if not, you can still book a tour of this impressive venue.
Cardiff: getting around
Book Cardiff bus travel with megabus and you get things like free WiFi onboard and a 20kg luggage allowance included. You can find out more on our onboard services page, which covers buses to Cardiff and the rest of the UK.
But once you arrive in the city centre, how do you get around? The good news is, Cardiff is really compact, so you can walk to most places. And if not there’s a really good bus service to get you to further-out parts of the city. If you’re heading to Cardiff Bay you’ll want the Number 6, also known as The Baycar.
Cardiff: best for nightlife
The bulk of Cardiff’s city centre nightlife scene fits into four main zones. The West End has a list of bars and pubs longer than your arm, and the East End is home to a string of nightclubs. The Castle Quarter has more of an alternative vibe and some great independent bars. And Cardiff Bay is the place to head to if you want your drinks served with a side order of sea views.
If you fancy a theatrical evening, meanwhile, the Wales Millennium Centre lines up a long list of shows. Or, head to Chapter for art, film and performance that fills a more independent niche.
Cardiff: best for shopping
Cardiff covers the full spectrum of shopping options. St David’s is packed with more than 200 shops including Wales’ biggest John Lewis, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for familiar names under one roof. Head for one of Cardiff’s many Victorian arcades, though, for a more authentic shopping experience. The Royal Arcade is the oldest, and home to plenty of independent shops.
For more one-off finds, try Jacob’s Antiques, which is just next to Cardiff Central train station. Cardiff Central Market is another good option for bargain hunters. It’s right in the city centre and it’s undercover, so it’s great for a rainy day.
Cardiff for free: our top 3
1. Visit the National Museum Cardiff
Right next to Cardiff University and the City Hall is the National Museum Cardiff. It’s in the civic centre, a collection of beautiful buildings and leafy parks that’s a must-visit in itself. And inside, the exhibits span Wales’ art, geology and natural history collections. Just bear in mind it’s closed on Mondays.
2. Sunbathe on Cardiff Bay Beach
Cardiff Bay Beach comes to life every summer from the end of July to the start of September, which is great news if you’ve booked your Cardiff coach travel in these months. There’s a traditional Ferris wheel and family-friendly fairground, and it’s all free. Visiting another time? Try circular walking route instead.
3. Swot up at St Fagans National History Museum
Yes, it’s another museum, but St Fagans is a museum with a difference. Completely open-air, it covers about 100 acres of parkland in the grounds of St Fagans Castle. More than 40 buildings have been moved from areas of Wales and rebuilt here, to show how the lives of Welsh people have changed over the centuries. Unsurprisingly, it’s one of TripAdvisor’s top 10 free UK attractions.
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