Cardiff is the capital of Wales, it rains 270 days a year here, so it is very green everywhere you look. The people are friendly and chatty (with great accents). If you love hearty food, a distinct culture, the outdoors, cosy pubs, fascinating traditions and breathtaking scenery then Wales is for you. Cardiff is home to an abundance of historical houses and castles. Cardiff Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales and for good reason. It houses over 2,000 years of history, from the Roman times to the present day. If you’re a Sport lover then Cardiff is a great place to visit. Home of Welsh rugby for more than a century, Cardiff is ideal for anyone wanting to get up close and personal with the game.
If you are in Cardiff for only a short time, here are some great things you can check out
Top Cardiff Tourist Sites to Check Out
- Cardiff Castle – Gothic castle with extravagant interior – Victorian Gothic fantasy built on the remains of Norman and Roman ruins, with a colourful interior.
- Cardiff Bay – Notable hub with marina, bars & eateries – Celebrated urban area featuring a marina, shops & eateries, plus historic buildings & guided tours.
- St Fagans National Museum of History – Traditional buildings & crafts – Open-air history of Welsh life with ancient buildings re-erected and traditional crafters at work.
- National Museum Cardiff – Art & Welsh history in a grand setting – Archaeological artefacts, art and natural history, plus visiting exhibitions in a grand setting.
- Castell Coch – Stately 1800s castle with audio tours – Audio tours of a grand 19th-century castle built in the gothic-revival style & surrounded by woods.
- Principality Stadium – World-class sports arena & concert venue – Riverside home of Welsh rugby union, plus football, speedway and concerts, with daily tours.
Where to Eat Welsh Food
Selah Cafe & Tea Rooms – Local cuisine, Cafe, British, Welsh, Veg Friendly, Vegan Options – Selah is a family run, quirky, vintage cafe and tea rooms, nestled in the leafy village of Llanishen, just outside Cardiff.
Madame Fromage – Local cuisine, Welsh, Cafe, British, Deli, Veg Friendly – Nothing matches, there’s no co-ordination, its chaotic, slow service, in fact its a bit like Fawlty Towers with food….on the other hand, its slow food, real food and no rush – that’s why its one of the most successful restaurants in Wales specialising in the very best of Welsh and Breton cuisine.
The Classroom – Local cuisine, European, British, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options – Our menus change with the season — sourcing high quality ingredients with a focus on regional Welsh produce where possible. All dishes are prepared from scratch – including the bread freshly baked each day in our own in-house bakery.
Garlands Eatery and Coffee House – Local cuisine, Cafe, British, Welsh, International, Veg Friendly – Escape reality, kick back and relax – for a brief period, forget the hustle and bustle of life.
Barley & Rye – Local cuisine, Bar, European, British, Welsh, Vegetarian Friendly – We are proud to serve the finest Welsh dishes crafted with fresh local ingredients. Our food is matched to local and imported beers that enhance flavour!
Gwaelod y Garth Inn – Bar, British, Pub, Welsh – just a few miles outside Cardiff, offering a relaxing mix of Real Ales, Home Cooked Food and convivial company. The pub now also has an on-site brewery – Violet Cottage Brewery or “The Brew with a View” is brewing a selection of beers which are proving extremely popular
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