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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
“No visit to Cardiff would be complete without a nose around the castle. Right in the heart of Cardiff. ”
  • 111 locals recommend
Trail
“The Principality Stadium (Millennium or Cardiff Arms for various levels of old school) is a world renowned sporting and concert venue. It's the home ground of the Welsh Rugby Team and features many events throughout the year from sport (Rugby, Football, Boxing, Motorcross, etc.) to concerts and other events. It's easy to access by public transport or car within 30 minutes of Pontypridd.”
  • 117 locals recommend
History Museum
“Free entry - Car parking fee £5 take change as machines do not accept notes or card payments. Opening hours 10am - 5pm. Cafe on site Post code CF5 6XB”
  • 109 locals recommend
History Museum
“Visit for free, for things to do and exhibitions in Cardiff. From contemporary art to dinosaurs, Monet to Mammoths! Enjoy the galleries, cafe and shop.”
  • 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.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Theatre
“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.”
  • 54 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
Harbour / Marina
“Great places for food in the day or evening and fab bars to enjoy some drinks or Cadwaladrs ice cream in the sun. You can also catch the water boat to Penarth or into town In July, they hold the food and drink festival here over 4 days and it’s the best!”
  • 51 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. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Techniquest is a science and discovery centre located in Cardiff Bay. A sister charity Techniquest Glyndwr is located at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham. It previously also had locations in Llanberis in Gwynedd, and the Adventure Centre in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Techniquest was first established in Cardiff in 1986.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Landmark
“This fairytale castle is a popular wedding venue and tourist attraction. It still has its original features. The castle can be accessed by public transport or car within 20 minutes.”
  • 33 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.”
  • 17 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!”
  • 12 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.”
  • 18 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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