Cardiff is a world class sporting city used to hosting high profile events, including the 2012 Olympic Football, Rugby World Cup 2015, UEFA Champions League Final 2017 – and now, the Volvo Ocean Race!
There’s a stunning range of tourist attractions in a city that is rich in ancient history. For a start, there's the imposing Cardiff Castle, which has stood proud above the city since the 11th century. Don’t miss the National Museum Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre – the home of opera, and if you like rafting as much as sailing, head to the Olympic standard course at Cardiff International White Water. With over a million residents in its metropolitan area, it’s not just sport that Cardiff has to boast about – in 2016, a European Union survey revealed that Cardiff is the third best capital city to live in across the whole continent.
Wales is a place of natural drama, from the country’s beaches to walking its mountain ranges - and the nation’s history is told through its ancient monuments and museums. It’s also for real holidays and breaks, in the outdoors, along the coasts, up a mountain and atop a castle wall. Every corner of Wales has something to discover.
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Eating, drinking, relaxing right on the waterfront in the heart of Cardiff Bay, Mermaid Quay is just a short walk from the Race Village. It is the perfect place for a meal, relaxing over a drink or grabbing a quick snack in one of the 30+ restaurants, bars and cafés. With cuisine from around the world – from Welsh ice cream to Japanese sushi, American burgers to Italian pizza and much more besides – Mermaid Quay has somewhere for every taste, mood and pocket.
The Castle you see today, in the heart of the capital city, is at once a Roman fort, an impressive castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace, created for one of the world’s richest men. Piece together 2,000 years of history on your visit and discover the remains of a Roman wall, climb to the top of the medieval Keep, explore the atmospheric Wartime Shelters and be overwhelmed by the extraordinary decoration in the Castle Apartments.
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, natural history and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.
St Fagans is one of world’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most-visited heritage attraction. Each building is frozen in time and opens a door into Welsh history offering a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and has already established its reputation as one of the world`s iconic arts and cultural destinations. Our visitors come to enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera, ballet and contemporary dance, hip hop and stand-up comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, training days, free daily foyer performances, guided tours, bars and restaurants.
Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is an exhilarating, on-demand adventure facility in the heart of the International Sports Village. CIWW has so many amazing activities on offer that whatever water sport you’re looking for, they’re bound to have it covered!
If shopping is on your mind, you’re in luck! Cardiff is a capital for shopping. Start your journey with the spectacular St David’s Shopping Centre, one of the UK’s newest, brightest and largest indoor malls, the Queens Arcade, or one of Cardiff’s older arcades such as the Royal, Castle, High Street or Morgan.
For more major attractions, check out Visit Cardiff.