Cardiff has a wealth of attractions, sites, and must see places, here are a short selection.
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales's leading tourist attractions. Situated in the very heart of the capital. The Castle's enchanting fairytale towers conceal an elaborate and splendid interior. Contained within its mighty walls is a history spanning nearly 2,000 years, dating from the coming of the Romans in the first century AD.
Located a few miles north of the city (close to the village of Tongwynlais), the fairytale castle is now maintained by CADW (Welsh Historical Monuments). The castle might have been designed for Disney but, it was rebuilt from the ruins of a medieval castle. Perched high over vertical cliffs and surrounded by dark, wooded glades.
Just a few miles from Cardiff in the south and the Brecon Beacons in the north, Stretching over a thirty-acre site in the centre of Caerphilly, this imposing Castle is a striking testament to the turbulent times of medieval Wales. Located close to the site of a former Roman fort, the building of Wales' largest castle began in 1268. The Castle's role in the Civil War is far from clear. Reputedly, its massive medieval defences were damaged by gunpowder.
The bay has been turned into a vast freshwater lake with the introduction of a barrage. It is Europe's largest waterfront development and it has a wealth of leisure activities available both on and off the water.
The harbour at Cardiff experiences one of the world’s greatest tidal ranges: up to 14m.
The Bay is home to a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre - ideal for all the family, Craft in the Bay, , Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the new Wales Millennium Centre, a stunning and international arts centre.
Since it's opening in June 1999, the Millennium Stadium has welcomed over 1.3 Million visitors per year. With the first retractable roof in the UK. The Millennium Stadium has been hailed as one of the most significant Welsh constructions of our time and has provided the nation with a platform to stage international events of a monumental proportion. It is now the home of major sporting bodies: The Welsh Rugby Union, The Football League, The Football Association of Wales and the British Speedway Association.
It is the venue of choice for many popular performers.
Cardiff Water Bus
Construction of the long awaited Taff Landing has now finished! The close proximity of the new landing to the Central Station and the Millennium Stadium makes this a useful facility. Regular Waterbus shuttles will visit the new landing stage,enabling passengers to get to and from the Bay, City Centre or the Penarth end of the barrage by boat! Avoid the traffic chaos, use the waterbus!
Flat Holm Island & Flat Holm Lighthouse
Just 5 miles from Cardiff the tiny island of Flat Holm is a different world.
Since Dark Age times, Flat Holm has been a retreat for Monks, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, silver miners, smugglers and cholera victims. It is perhaps most famous for receiving the first ever radio message across water sent by Marconi in 1897.
The National Museum of Wales
Part of the beautiful Cardiff Civic Centre 1800s development. Discover art, archaeology, natural history and geology, whatever your interest – and admission is free! The National Museum Cardiff has 15 art galleries that contain magnificent art collections, exceptionally rich in French paintings and sculpture by Millet, Rodin, Monet and Cézanne. And much more.
St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life
The Museum shows how the people of Wales lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the last five hundred years; and over the past fifty years it has inspired generations of visitors with an appreciation of Welsh history and tradition. The Museum stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle
Llandaff Cathedral stands on one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain. In the sixth century St Dyfrig founded a community close to the ford where the Roman road crossed the river Taff. The present cathedral dates from 1107 when Bishop Urban, the first Bishop appointed by the Normans.
Big Pit stands on the edge of Blaenafon, a town that played a vital part in the Industrial Revolution. This revolution transformed the landscape, culture and society of Wales, the UK and the world. Awarding World Heritage Status to the town and landscape marked the wider impact of Blaenafon's unique industrial heritage. Guided underground tours available.
Cricket: Sophia Gardens
Sophia Gardens takes its name from Sophia, the wife of the Marquess of Bute, whose family owned the land on which the recreation grounds were laid out in the 19th century. There are some impressive ground developments currently taking place in preparation for the Ashes Test in 2009http://www.glamorgancricket.com/
Duffryn comprises a series of gardens, broad sweeping lawns, shrubberies, water features and various compartments enclosed within clipped yew hedges. The Round Garden, the Pompeiian, the Theatre garden where plays are performed, the Mediterranean and the Physic gardens are in their full glory.There is a tea room, free parking, some public conveniences, a souvenir shop and many picnic areas
Guided tours & excursions around South Wales
See Wales offer great value days out around South Wales, the Gower coastline, the Valleys heritage, and Roman ruins.