Steeped in history, Cardiff is best known for Cardiff Castle, however Doctor Who fans will know it as a regular film location for the world’s most famous travelling Time Lord in the classic British science fiction TV show.
Travelling to Cardiff is easy due to the excellent transportation links. For example, it can take as little as 16 minutes if you get a train from Newport to Cardiff, there is a high-speed rail link from London, and the M4 Motorway passes north of the City if you wanted to drive.
If you are looking for the best things to do in Cardiff, Feet Do Travel show the top attractions you need to visit.
No visit to Cardiff is complete without a trip to Cardiff Castle. This medieval castle is located in the heart of Cardiff city, and there’s been a castle on this site since the Roman times when it was a fort. During the 11th Century the original motte and bailey castle were a Norman stronghold. Another major part of the castle’s history was in Queen Victoria’s reign when the Castle was transformed into a gothic fantasy palace for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Expect to see opulent interiors of elaborate wood carvings, murals, stained class and rich gilding.
Today visitors can see over two thousand years worth of Welsh history, including the civil war, the Victorian era, and the Second World War. The grounds were used for air-raid shelters, which have since been reconstructed for the benefit of modern visitors. If you’re visiting the city at Christmas time, then you’ll find a range of seasonal events hosted at the castle including Cardiff's Winter Wonderland . During the summer season, concerts are held here from famous artists all around the world.
For fans of rugby, a trip to the famous Principality Stadium is considered a must – even when there isn’t a game on. On a stadium tour, you’ll be taken around the home changing room, the Ray Gravell conference suite, and the pitch itself. The stadium is also a world-class venue and a likely destination for huge names from the world of popular music.
The City was built around Cardiff Bay, and a visit here combines nature, entertainment and relaxation. Historically known as Tiger Bay, this area is also a freshwater lake and a former tidal bay and estuary.
Today you will find an amazing waterfront development surrounding the lake which is bristling with restaurants, shops, hotels, a Norwegian church, there is also an Olympic standard sports village which includes an ice skating rink! A walking tour of the area will maximise your enjoyment, either a self-guided audio tour, or book with a local guide .
St Fagan’s National Museum of History
This open air museum details the centuries of fascinating Welsh history covering culture, architecture, and lifestyle of the Welsh people. Its part of the National Museum Wales, and at this site there are more than fourty reconstructed historical buildings, including schoolhouses, churches, and food storage facilities. The National Museum of History is built on the grounds of St Fagan’s Castle and gardens, a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan manor house which came into public ownership just after the Second World War.
Which magazine named this museum as the UK’s favourite visitor attraction in 2011, so it’s a must-visit attraction for your Cardiff itinerary.