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Our Pick of the 17 Best Cardiff Places to Visit

Cardiff places to visit

The capital of Wales is stunning and serene, eclectic and eccentric and the ideal place to stay for a weekend or a week. With a unique blend of cultural landmarks, remarkable regeneration’s, superb sport and a world-renowned music scene, it’s easy to see why these Cardiff places to visit are absolutely amazing.

There are so many wonderful places to visit we thought it best to countdown some of our favourites. So, we’ve chosen seventeen of the best Cardiff places to visit including picturesque parks, hospitable hotels and a science museum that is guaranteed to blow your mind.

1. The Principality Stadium

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The Principality Stadium is appropriately known as one of the most iconic venues in the world in which to play and watch sport, producing a gladiatorial sense of theatre which few arenas can match.

Whether it be on a matchday or not, Wales supporters can lay claim to being the best, and certainly the most vocal – making The Principality Stadium the ultimate Cardiff place to visit.

The home of Welsh Rugby, The Principality Stadium has a vibrant history of dramatic matches and unmissable moments just waiting to be explored.

2. Alexandra Gardens

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The Welsh capital is renowned for having some of Great Britain’s most spectacular parks. It also has the greenest space per square mile than anywhere else in the UK.

Take in the beauty of the natural surroundings as you walk around the beautiful, Grade I listed Alexandra Gardens.

Opened by the Lord Mayor in 1910, ‘Queen’ Alexandra Gardens is beauty personified and ideal for romantic saunters and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Make sure you add Alexandra Gardens to your schedule of Cardiff places to visit this year.

3. Canton & Pontcanna

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Canton and Pontcanna is a seriously superb part of the capital, with delicious eateries, opulent houses and plenty of pubs. Brød Danish Bakery is a particular favourite of both locals and visitors looking to grab a treat before exploring some more.

There is also The Chapters Arts Centre for those of you looking to harness your inner Pablo Picasso and create something other than wonderful memories.

Canton and Pontcanna are two of the most memorable Cardiff places to visit ever.

4. The Exchange Hotel

Cardiff places to visit

The Exchange Hotel is a building bursting with history, charm and character and is therefore ideal for an overnight stay.

This luxury hotel is an architectural masterpiece and while it’s been lovingly restored, it’s also leading the way in terms of entertainment and comfort.

Perfect for those romantic weekends away or cosy stays with friends, The Exchange Hotel is a must stay for those looking for Cardiff places to visit.

Sound good? Our helpful team can’t wait to hear from you. Contact us on 02920 107050 or head over to The Exchange Hotel website and book here today.

5. Techniquest

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Located in the beautiful Cardiff Bay – so beautiful in fact, that it featured on our countdown of the most romantic things to do Cardiff – Techniquest is the longest-established science centre in the UK.

With a mission to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement, Techniquest provides an unforgettable experience that is accessible to everyone.

Perfect for a day of education-based fun, Techniquest – which was founded by professor John Beetlestone in 1986 – is worthy of a place on your busy schedule of Cardiff places to visit.

6. The Tramshed

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An up and coming music venue like no other, The Tramshed is the ultimate Cardiff place to visit for those who love live music.

There’s also regular cinema screenings and gin and rum festivals for everyone to enjoy.

7. Troutmark Books

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Rows upon rows of ancient classics and postmodern page-turners greet your eye as soon as you enter Troutmark Books.

One of the most interesting Cardiff places to visit, Troutmark books is a book worms’ dream.

8. Insole Court

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Insole Court is one of the capitals real hidden gems. Constructed in 1856, Insole Court underwent a stunning £4m renovation in 2014 – which uncovered breath-taking features dating back to 1870.

That said, Insole Court has wonderful gardens and plush cafes that serve lush cakes, brunch and lunch seven days a week. We mean, is there any wonder why Insole Court is one of the best places to visit in the Capital.

9. Cardiff Indoor Market

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Do you love cheese, cake, booze, flowers and fresh seafood? If so, this infamous indoor market on Mary Street is the place for you. People travel far and wide to sample the amazing dishes in this absolutely beautiful place.

This amazing indoor market is a favourite amongst the locals and is a must-see for anyone coming to the capital.

10. The Royal Mint

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There is a wealth of fun learning opportunities for everyone, young or old.

Take a 45-minute guided factory experience in which you can ‘strike’ your very own £1 coin. With over 1,100 years of history and heritage, The Royal Mint is one of the best Cardiff places to visit.

11. Cardiff Castle

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Granted it’s an obvious choice, but it would be criminal to come to the capital and not visit its most famous landmark.

Smack bang in the city centre, Cardiff Castle is the perfect place for a day out. There’s a Roman fortress and an amazing rooftop garden complete with hand-painted tiles and therapeutic water fountains.

Nevertheless, the views from the top of the ancient spires are absolutely worth the hike up the stairs.

12. Spillers Records

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Spillers Records, established in 1894, is recognised as the oldest record shop in the world. This famous record shop was founded by Henry Spiller and specialised in the sale of phonographs, wax cylinders and shellac phonograph discs.

Today, however, you’ll find a diverse selection of music on CD and vinyl as well as merchandise and gig tickets.

No matter how old you are or what type of music you love, Spillers Records is certainly a Cardiff place to visit.

13. Llandaff Cathedral

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Standing as one of the oldest Christian sites in Britain and boasting some of the finest medieval architecture in Wales, Llandaff Cathedral is breathtakingly beautiful.

In Cathedral Close, the old meets new as the ancient cathedral is surrounded by the bustling city of Cardiff and yet, Llandaff remains relatively unspoilt and extremely peaceful.

One of the most historic and iconic Cardiff places to visit, this legendary landmark is simply majestic.

14. Castell Coch

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On the outskirts of the city centre is this incredibly beautiful fairy tale castle. Set on rolling green hillsides, Castell Coch is magic personified.

Visit the dungeons, the bedrooms and the castle grounds before having a cup of tea and a cake in the vintage-style tearooms.

If castles and cathedrals are your thing, then you’ll be in for a treat when you visit Cardiff.

15. The Cardiff Bay Barrage

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This summer, why don’t you take a walk along the Cardiff Bay Barrage. Stretching 10k, the trail takes you through Cardiff Bay, over the barrage and past the wetlands.

Not only is the bay barrage a pretty impressive feat of engineering, but it’s also a great place for a stroll, cycle or run. You can even take a tranquil boat trip or even a water taxi which runs from the city centre.

16. The Clink

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If you’re looking for somewhere to eat with a difference, you certainly won’t be disappointed when you visit The Clink at HMP Cardiff.

That’s right, the clink is based in an operational prison and is staffed by prisoners working towards gaining employment upon release.

Since opening in the Welsh capital, The Clink has won multiple awards.

So, if you’re looking for a unique place to eat, head down to The Clink – one of the most rewarding Cardiff places to visit.

17. The Taff Trail

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The Taff Trail is a 50+ mile trail that stretches all the way from the city centre to the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The trail takes a couple of days to complete, but make plans to stop off and enjoy the scenery – you won’t regret it.

So thats it, our list of the best Cardiff places to visit is complete. Theres always plenty to keep anyone entertained in our amazing, wonderful city. Check back to the blog soon or follow our Facebook Page to keep up to date.

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