20 Unmissable Attractions in Cardiff, Wales

Merchant Seafarers Memorial
Merchant Seafarers' Memorial | © tom1068/Pixabay
Poppy Jacob

Here are the best attractions you should put at the top of your list when you visit Wales’ capital city!

A stroll along a Victorian pier

Penarth is a seaside town outside Cardiff’s centre. It’s the perfect place to go for a cup of tea, a walk along the pebbled beach finished by fish and chips on the pier.

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Views like this

Cardiff is a city full of vibrantly green parkland – one of the benefits of being in rainy Wales. This view is from a bridge near the city centre overlooking the River Taff.

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1. A huge outdoor museum

Museum, Historical Landmark

St Fagans National History Museum is an open air wonderland full of interesting Welsh history, old buildings and scenery. You could easily spend an afternoon here and learn a lot about Wales in the process.

Cosy independent bookshops

The are plenty dotted around Cardiff – this is called Troutmark Books and from floor to ceiling is chock full of books – rare, specialist, classic and contemporary – and all expertly categorised.

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Majestic botanical gardens

Outside of the city but well worth a visit are these magical gardens, tended by dedicated volunteers who are creative and playful in their planting – making a feature out of vegetables and using rows of parsley to border flower beds. There are lots of different sections, from the grand central lawns to the cactus house and wilder wooded parts.

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2. Antiques galore

Shop, Store

A veritable treasure trove of antiques, vintage clothes, jewellery and home furnishings spread across three floors with a café and roof terrace.

Sculptures like this…

A couple and their dog pose at Mermaid Quay, representing the people of what used to be Tiger Bay – a busy port which created a lot of industry in the city.

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The Rugby

There’s nothing like the atmosphere of a rugby match when Wales are playing on at the Millennium Stadium. Rugby is a way of life here, something the Welsh are truly passionate about. Pictured is Cardiff Castle during the Rugby World Cup, with a giant ball looking like it had been booted into the wall…

Rugby Ball in Cardiff Castle

Architecture like this

The Senedd is where the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff meets but it is also a public building, with places to eat and drink and all sorts of events being held there. But the architecture in itself is unmissable.

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3. The Millennium Stadium

Stadium

Millennium Stadium
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The world famous Millennium Stadium is a big presence in Cardiff, both due to its purpose as an incredible sports venue but also it’s visibility, it is a huge structure which sits beside the River Taff and can be seen for miles around.

And more impressive sculptures

This sculpture of a sleeping head which turns into a ship’s hull is found in front of the Welsh Parliament (the Senedd).

Merchant Seafarers’ Memorial

Winding arcades

One of the best things about shopping in Cardiff is the Victorian arcades which house a rich collection of independent businesses – great for finding unusual gifts and goods.

Royal Arcade

4. Costa del Cardiff

Hotel

Mill Lane
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Sit outside, order a cocktail and feel like you’re on a Mediterranean promenade at Mill Lane, a row of upmarket bars and restaurants.

5. The bustling market

Market

Cardiff Market
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A bit of time warp, Cardiff Market houses stalls selling books, records, gifts, vintage clothes, freshly-cooked Welsh cakes, meals to-go and more. To get a feel of a real Cardiff community, go here.

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