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Cardiff Castle, Wales

Close the door on your Cardiff hotel room and you’re heading for a city that has built on its heritage, where a Norman keep overlooks glass and steel stadiums and industrial spaces are reinvented without losing their Welsh flavour.

Historic Cardiff

The Romans built a fort on the site of Cardiff Castle but these days the wow factor comes from the loaded Marquess of Bute’s lavish Gothic-style rebuild. The Edwardian Cardiff City Hall in Cathays Park is synonymous with the civic heart of the city and hosts regular festivals.

Art and museums in Cardiff

Take a day to explore the free National Museum Cardiff with its rooms of natural history and works of art from the past 500 years. Sister venue St Fagans National History Museum is home to a replica Iron Age fort that’s fun to squat through – they were quite short then.

Quirky things to do in Cardiff

Any tourist who doesn’t visit the Red Dragon Centre at Cardiff Bay for the Doctor Who Up Close exhibition should really be exterminated. Amongst the explosion of light and sound, give thanks to now-departed Dalek creator Terry Nation, a local lad.

Events in Cardiff

If you book a Cardiff hotel in July, beg or borrow a ticket to the Welsh Proms. Funfair meets music festival when the city’s biggest free event of the year, the Cardiff Big Weekend, kicks off every August in a frenzy of events.

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Attractions in Cardiff:

Cardiff Blues Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)

Newport Gwent Dragons. Courtesy of Rodney Parade Ltd
Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Swansea City FC 2012/13

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Opening times:
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)

Llanelli Scarlets Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

What's on in Cardiff:

Cardiff Sport Relief Mile. Courtesy of Comic Relief
The Cardiff Mile

Dates Open:
23/03/2015 to 25/03/2015

Six Nations Championship: Wales

Dates Open:
10/03/2015 to 10/03/2015
12/02/2016 to 12/02/2016
17/03/2015 to 17/03/2015

Giant beachcomber by Thomas P Peschak, South Africa/Germany. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates Open:
19/11/2014 to 12/03/2015
19/11/2015 to 11/03/2016

Apples. Photo by Ben Evans, © Whatsonwhen
Slow Food Market

Dates Open:
01/11/2015 to 01/11/2015
07/02/2016 to 07/02/2016
05/04/2015 to 05/04/2015
05/07/2015 to 05/07/2015
04/10/2015 to 04/10/2015
03/01/2016 to 03/01/2016
06/09/2015 to 06/09/2015
03/05/2015 to 03/05/2015
02/08/2015 to 02/08/2015
06/12/2015 to 06/12/2015
07/06/2015 to 07/06/2015
01/03/2015 to 01/03/2015

Americans-Natural Theatre; George Wright. Courtesy of
Bath Comedy Festival

Dates Open:
30/03/2015 to 09/04/2015

Books, lovely books
Bath Literature Festival

Dates Open:
02/03/2015 to 11/03/2015

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