The city is consistently voted as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK, and with a wealth of things to see and do, it is not hard to see why.
The awe-inspiring Cardiff Castle is a must see. It includes an extraordinary Victorian mansion that revisits a time when Cardiff was the world’s biggest coal-exporting port. The castle is an impressive collection of moss-strewn walls, twisting spires and formidable ramparts. The 11th century Norman castle is built on the site of a third-century Roman fort, and provides a fascinating insight into the region’s past, with opportunities to explore the elegant castle apartments, the winding tunnels beneath, and even see a functioning trebuchet in action.
Few places define Welsh identity as profoundly as St. Fagans, which opened in 1948 as the very first national open-air museum in the UK on the grounds of a 16th-century manor house. It has since grown to be the biggest open-air museum in Europe, with more than 40 original Welsh buildings from different historic periods rebuilt piece by piece in the 100-acre park including houses, a farm, a school and a splendid workmen’s institute.
The National Museum Cardiff, in the heart of the city’s elegant civic centre, is a haven for art aficionados. It contains one of the finest collections of Impressionist art in Europe including pictures by Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Van Gogh, Monet’s Water Lilies, Rodin’s The Kiss, and Cézanne’s exquisite Still Life with Teapot. On the other hand, sports enthusiasts will revel in the iconic Principality Stadium, which is perhaps the most enjoyable sporting arena in the world, with a perfect city-centre location and an electric atmosphere beneath its huge sliding roof.