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Things to do in Cardiff

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Trail
“The Millennium Stadium, known since 2016 as the Principality Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the national stadium of Wales. Located in Cardiff, it is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and has also held Wales national football team games. The guided tours are great!”
  • 116 locals recommend
History Museum
“Really lovely place to visit and see some Welsh culture from many years ago. Less than 10 mins drive great just to have a walk around the gardens. Myself my mum like to go especially if the weather nice beautiful and it’s FREE entrance ”
  • 111 locals recommend
History Museum
“National Museum Cardiff is a museum and art gallery in Cardiff, Wales. The museum is part of the wider network of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Entry is kept free by a grant from the Welsh Government.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Park
“The castle gardens (known as bute park) is a great place to visit. There a cute cafes dotted throughout too. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Huge shopping centre with all the big brand chains here. A restaurant quarter and car parking.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Theater
“Wales Millennium Centre is an arts centre located in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff, Wales. The site covers a total area of 4.7 acres. Phase 1 of the building was opened during the weekend of the 26–28 November 2004 and phase 2 opened on 22 January 2009 with an inaugural concert.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Lake
“Great vibrant part of Cardiff. Plenty of places to eat and drink and a large lake and gardens to stroll around. Great place for families ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Great for a visit or for a stroll around Cardiff Barrage lots Restaurants,Bars and Attractions you can also catch boat to City Centre or Penarth Marina. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“A great place to meet people, eat or to watch a movie, this Art House has been a hive of activity in the Canton area of Cardiff for 50years. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Science Museum
“A science and discovery centre in Cardiff Bay with loads of hands on exhibits for kids. Great for kids especially.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Landmark
“A Victorian folly, looks like a fairy tale castle, actually a copy of a medieval hunting lodge - great for families. 3 miles away. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Lodging
“This is a great concert hall. I've been to loads of gigs here over the years and find that the sound quality is usually great (apart from Snoop dog😬). It's not too big either so you can get a good view, even if you're not in the mosh pit. The bar, however is a nightmare. If you love a queue, then this is the place for you. On that note, you can't can't take any booze in either😩. I've never been to any of the more formal events here, but people tell be it's well run and as good as you'd expect from this kind of venue.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Stadium
“The home stadium of Cardiff City and Wales football. A great atmosphere! The stadium is easily accessible by public transport or a 30 minute drive. There is parking available at the stadium for approximately £10.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Store
“Wow if you want excitement and fun you need to try this. also Cardiff has many cinemas, bowling, River Taff walking trail, swimming pools , 18 hole golf at Heath Park, horse riding in Cardiff and surrounding areas. Check out our information book about loads of activites to do in and around Cardiff”
  • 20 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Always something going on the new theatre will be featuring some top shows this year including friendsical the musical!”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Located in a former bank vault beneath the city, this lovely restaurant serves modern British cuisine with French & New York influence AND huge choice of wonderful gins”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place does the best tapas, cocktails and Gin. A great place to go to start a night out. My fav cocktail is the raspberry pina and I love to order the hake, croquettes and olives. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Best for: Casual dining Ten years at the heart of Cardiff’s student hub in Roath have allowed Milgi to build up a devoted and ever-expanding client base, won over by its eclectic decoration, well-proportioned cocktails and flavour-stacked, internationally-inspired, vegetarian plant-based street food. Starters £7.50, mains £11.95.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Chapter Arts Centre is located in a converted school, it has a restaurant / cafe and bar, cinemas and a theatre and events. It is a very buzzing place day and night.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Imaginative reinvention of classic Indian curries in a colourful contemporary restaurant.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“Vegetarian Indian restaurant and takeaway. Family-run and is frequented by local Indians. Offers a large menu predominately with Gujarati dishes in addition to ones from other India regions as well East Africa. BYO with corkage charge.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Classic Italian neighbourhood restaurant offering pizza and pasta, as well as traditional mains. INCREDIBLE value for money, and an absolutely fantastic Pizza! When we walked in this restaurant we literally felt like we were abroad. A coke costs £1, it's nothing fancy, but it's amazing!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
“Directly opposite the flat and is a lovely restaurant to enjoy cocktails and high quality food. Sitting outside overlooking Marina in the Summer months is recommended.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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