Things to Do in Cardiff
Presiding over the city center and surrounded by the idyllic Bute Park, Cardiff Castle is one of the capital’s most visited tourist attractions. Spanning an incredible 2,000 years of the city’s illustrious history, the castle has been variously, a Roman Garrison, a Norman Stronghold, a Second World War hideout and, most recently, the fairytale medieval home of the Marquess of Bute.
With a breathtaking panorama from the castle’s iconic Clock tower, it’s worth a look for the views alone, but a visit to the castle offers much more than just a photo opportunity. Guided tours whisk visitors around the battlements, the Norman Keep and the castle’s Victorian era apartments. Inside, the opulent furnishings bring to life the work of architect William Burges whose 1866 refurbishments feature dramatic murals, intricate stained glass fittings and tasteful gilding.
Built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup Final and celebrate the upcoming millennium, the Cardiff Millennium Stadium is now the city’s largest venue and the National Stadium of Wales. Designed by Rod Sheard, the grand stadium seats up to 74,500 and features a fully retractable roof.
Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is home to the Wales national rugby union team and the Wales national football team, as well as having hosted a number of important sporting events over the years, including the World Rally Championship, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain and the 2012 Summer Olympics football events. Boxing, motor sports, cricket and equestrian sports have all been played within the stadium at some point, but the arena is most known as a music venue, with acts like Bon Jovi, U2, Eric Clapton, Rihanna, Madonna and The Rolling Stones all hosting concerts within its walls.
Standing proud in the heart of the city since Cardiff was granted its city status back in 1906, the City Hall remains the focal point of the city’s celebrated civic center – encircled in landscaped gardens, tree-lined alcoves and striking architectural landmarks.
The arresting Edwardian building blends English and French Renaissance styles, with its magnificent façade characterized by its domed atrium, striking clock tower and dramatic water feature. It’s the 194-foot high clock tower with it’s four-face gilded dials and the HC Fear statue of a Welsh dragon perched atop the dome, that have become most iconic to its design, taking prominent place on the city skyline.
Alongside hosting prestigious national and international events, the City hall makes a popular wedding and celebration venue, with its exquisite interiors carved from Portland Stone and embellished with bronze chandeliers.
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