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Explore the sights of the Welsh capital

Discover the sights of Cardiff and beyond on breaks in the Welsh capital. This often overlooked city has lots to offer, and thanks to a regeneration in the 1990's, today offers an exciting mix of things to do.

Stop for an artisan-brewed coffee or bite to eat in the impressive glass-roofed Victorian shopping arcades - built during the coal mining era they are still abuzz with shoppers today. Browse in independent boutiques or visit the restyled waterfront, Mermaid Quay. This once bustling port is now home to some of the city's most desirable restaurants and bars - with many overlooking the bay. Explore the Cardiff music scene with a gig in the city centre or embrace Wales' national sport, rugby, by watching a game at the Millennium Stadium.

Sightseeing in Cardiff.

See the sights of Cardiff

Brush up on your Welsh history at Cardiff Castle, or climb to the top of the Norman Keep for breathtaking views. To the north you can catch a glimpse of the stone towers of Castell Coch, one of Wales’ most fairy tale fortresses. Admire the unique architecture of the Senedd, the National Assembly building for Wales. Or visit the Wales Millennium Centre, with its striking copper-coloured exterior. Pre-book an experience and visit some of the sights that have been made famous by TV, such as ‘Doctor WHO’ or ‘Gavin and Stacey’.

Cardiff’s six glass-covered arcades.

Shopping in Cardiff

Victorian-era shopping lives on in the form of Cardiff’s six glass-covered arcades. Discover vintage clothes stores, coffee shops and other hidden gems. If you’re seeking a more mainstream shopping experience, head to St David’s shopping centre – which houses all the high street favourites. Away from the city centre, Mermaid Quay in the Cardiff Bay area offers independent clothes stores, restaurants and bars – making it easy to unwind after a day of retail therapy.

Eating out in Cardiff

Dine out in Cardiff

You’ll be greeted by many independent delis, cafes and restaurants on holidays to Cardiff. Join the hipsters at trendy hangout Coffee Barker. The coolest café in Cardiff, it’s the perfect stop for a spot of people watching. Or enjoy a leisurely lunch and a gourmet coffee at artisan favourite, The Plan. If you’re visiting over the weekend, start your Sunday morning at the Riverside Market – where you can pick up local produce which includes baked goods, cured meats, cheeses, homemade jams and chutneys.

Beyond the city.

Beyond the city

Outside of the city you'll discover a diverse selection of things to do. Cardiff has an impressive amount of green space on its doorstep. Walk between vibrant Cardiff and the charming town of Penarth, a six mile coastal walk that sees city and seaside combine. Or hire a bike and follow the Taff Trail, which runs from Cardiff Bay to the market town of Brecon in the north. Combine with a visit to fairy tale Castell Coch. Just a short drive from the capital, you'll find the expansive landscape of the South Wales valleys - why not spend the day mountain biking or hiking?

Sightseeing in Cardiff

Save money and avoid disappointment by booking your Cardiff experiences before you travel.

Hop on hop off.

An easy way to see the sights of Cardiff – see some of the city’s most popular attractions on this great value sightseeing tour. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours, so hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like and explore at your own pace. The route takes approximately 50 minutes, with 11 stops in total. Admire the highlights of the Welsh capital from the comfort of an open-top double-decker bus, as your guide shares their knowledge.

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Gavin and Stacey.

Made famous by the TV show ‘Gavin and Stacey’, fans of the programme will love this three-hour location tour. Hop aboard ‘Dave’s Coach’ and let your guide introduce you to some of the filming locations that litter the Barry Island peninsula. Pay a visit to Barrie's amusement arcade, pose for photos in front of Stacey's terraced house and head to the seafront in the centre of town - where you can stroll along the promenade. As you travel, your guide will entertain you with trivia about the hit TV series and behind-the-scenes stories about the cast.

Pre-book your Gavin and Stacey TV locations tour

Bring your sonic screwdriver.

The ideal experience for ‘Doctor Who’ fans - see TV locations and Cardiff attractions on this four-hour sightseeing tour by bus. As you travel, your guide will entertain you with fun facts and trivia about the intergalactic time lord. Most of the popular science fiction series, as well as several TV spin-offs, have been screened in and around Cardiff, so filming locations are scattered around the city. Stop at some of the best to stretch your legs, take photos and see the locations up close.

Follow the trail of 'Doctor Who' around Cardiff.

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