Things to Do

In Cardiff

Things to do in Cardiff

Nearby the St David’s Hotel & Spa

Located directly on the waterfront, proudly overlooking the vibrant Cardiff Bay, the St. David’s Hotel & Spa offers quick and easy access to many of Cardiff’s most sought-after attractions and things to do.

The cosmopolitan city of Cardiff truly has something for everyone. From world famous events and festivals, to breathtaking city and water views, to fantastic options for dining, shopping, and nightlife, to the beloved Fairytale Castle and the Millennium Stadium, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Cardiff.

Things to Do in Cardiff

With so much to see and do in the city, it’s tough to narrow the list down! But if you’re new to the area and are curious as to what the top things to do in Cardiff are, this is a great place to start.

  1. Take In a Performance or Event at the Millennium Stadium

    Welcoming over 1 million visitors each month since opening in 1999, the Millennium Stadium is a cutting edge multi-purpose event venue. From rugby to motorsport, and live musical performances to football, there’s always something to keep you entertained at the Stadium!

  2. Take a Stroll Along the Beautiful Cardiff Bay

    Home to breathtaking water views and many favourite Cardiff attractions, Cardiff Bay is Europe’s largest waterfront development destination. Wander along the water’s edge to discover a wide range of entertainment options, vibrant bars and restaurants, shopping, and more.

  3. Explore Exquisite Architecture at Cathays Park

    Located directly in the Cardiff city centre, Cathays Park is home to several early 20th century building along with a beautiful central park area. Take a walk through and marvel at the stunning architecture that demonstrates the fascinating history Cardiff has to offer – including the Temple of Peace, the Welsh National War Memorial, and more.

  4. Enjoy a Performance at the New Theatre

    Located on Park Place in Cardiff’s city centre, the New Theatre is a Cardiff landmark with a long and colourful history dating back to the early 1800s. The ultimate destination for live entertainment, the New Theatre brings you some of the best theatrical performances around.

  5. Catch a Thrill at Oakwood Theme Park

    Dubbed ‘Wales’ Biggest Family Adventure,’ you’re sure to please the kids with a day out at the Oakwood Theme Park. From roller coasters and other thrilling rides to mini golf and child-friendly excitement, there’s something for everyone at Oakwood Theme Park.

  6. See a performance or event at the Millennium Centre

    Located on Cardiff Bay the Millennium Centre is the national hub for the performing arts. With a diverse and exciting programme, from dramatic opera performances to lively musicals to contemporary or classical dance recitals there is something for everyone to enjoy at this unique and inspirational venue.


Cardiff Attractions

There are many reasons why people travel to Cardiff. Not only is Cardiff the capital and largest city in Wales, it’s also the country’s primary commercial centre, making it home to many unique attractions worthy of a visit.

  1. Explore the Cardiff Castle

    No visit to Cardiff would be complete without a trip to the Cardiff Castle. Best known as one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions, it is without a doubt a site of international significance. Located within beautiful parklands, Cardiff Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of history – just waiting for you to uncover.

  2. Visit the Doctor Who Exhibition

    Housed in a specially constructed facility in Cardiff’s Porth Teigr – very close to the studios where Doctor Who is filmed – the Doctor Who Experience offers a unique and exciting journey into 50 years of adventures in space and time. Enjoy access to a live action adventure with the Doctor, as well as the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who memorabilia.

  3. Learn Something New at the National Museum Cardiff

    Take a trip to the National Museum Cardiff to discover art and the geological evolution of Wales! Dating back to 1927, the Museum hosts a busy programme of exhibitions and events perfect for solo outings or family trips. Learn about archaeology, art, natural history, and more!

  4. Meander Through Bute Park

    Located within Cardiff’s city centre, Bute Park features extensive parkland that boasts a nationally-significant tree collection, numerous natural play features, an education centre, and more! Lace up those sneakers and head out to explore nature and wildlife at Bute Park.

Shopping & Events in Cardiff

Cardiff is home to many world-class events and festivals that attract visitors from all over the globe. Discover some of our favourite events in Cardiff.

Events in Cardiff

  1. St David’s Day Parade

    The biggest event in Cardiff, the National St David’s Day Parade makes its way across the city each year on 1st March with much anticipation and excitement. It’s truly one for the books!

  2. St Fagans Food Festival

    As one of the leading open-air museums the St Fagans National History Museum showcases a festival of the finest Welsh food and drinks, served up with a side of history! Get a true taste of Cardiff at the delectable St Fagans Food Festival in Cardiff.

  3. Cardiff Bay Events

    As a lively built up water front, Cardiff Bay not only holds a diverse collection of unique shops, stylish bars and exciting attractions but also plays host to a varied mix of events. From art exhibitions to musical performances to sporting activities, there is always something happening and with St Davids situated perfectly you don’t have to go far to explore it all. Find out what is happening during your stay at Cardiff Bay.

  4. Cardiff City Events

    With it’s unique attractions and entertainment, exclusive shopping and distinctive nightlife it is easy to see why Cardiff is such an attractive destination for so many. Throughout the year the city centre is also home to an array of exciting and diverse events that offer entertainment to everyone and further enhance Cardiff’s lively and vibrant atmosphere. Find out what’s on during your stay in Cardiff.

Shopping in Cardiff

Having earned its reputation as one of the top 10 shopping destinations in Britain, Cardiff is a great place to do some high quality shopping. Try these malls, shops, and arcades the next time you’re looking for the best shopping in Cardiff.

  1. St. David’s Shopping Centre

    Just a short walk from Cardiff Central Bus/Coach station and Cardiff Central and Queen Street Rail Stations, St. David’s Shopping Centre is the perfect shopping destination. From specialty stores like Apple, to big names like Armani Exchange, to department stores like Marks & Spencer, you’re sure to find what you need right here.

  2. Capitol Shopping Centre

    An indoor shopping centre in Cardiff, the Capitol Shopping Centre is built on the former site of the Capitol Theatre. Offering a wide range of shops, the Capitol Shopping Centre provides an excellent shopping experience in Cardiff.

  3. Shopping Arcades

    Cardiff is home to 6 historic arcades, all of which still retain a lot of their original character, making them a unique shopping destination that provides a little history. The arcades are home to all sorts of shops, ranging from vintage to craft shops, and cafes to delis.

  4. Cardiff Christmas Market

    Set in the heart of the pedestrian area of the Cardiff city centre, the Cardiff Christmas Market is a seasonal tradition perfect for stocking up on gifts and Christmas goodies. Here you’ll find pewter work, heritage images, carved lovespoons, metalwork, pottery, silver and more.

  5. Mermaid Quay

    Home to many independent boutiques, shops, and restaurants, the Mermaid Quay is a great option for local shopping right on the waterfront of Cardiff Bay.

  6. McArthur Glen Shopping Outlet

Just 30 minutes outside of Cardiff in Bridgend, the McArthur Glen Shopping Outlet offers a range of high end designer stores in a village like complex, with savings of up to 60% off top brands such as Calvin Klein, Lacoste and Levis, as well as a selection of restaurants and cafes to relax in after a busy day of shopping.

Learn More About Things to do in Cardiff

Interested in learning more about Cardiff, the St. David’s Hotel & Spa, or the things to do close by? Please get in touch – we’re on hand to help you plan the best trip possible!

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