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.
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:
Easter-Nov: Wed-Thu & Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm; Jul-Aug Tue-Sun 10.30am-4pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)
Sat, Sun & bank holiday Mon 10.30am-5pm Apr - Nov 2013; Weekends only (annual)
May-Oct daily 10.30am-5pm; Nov-Jan daily 10.30am-4pm Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)
Tue-Sun 12pm-5pm (Nov & Dec until 4.30pm) Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon (various dates)
What's on in Cardiff:
06/07/2013 to 06/07/2013
05/07/2013 to 29/07/2013
29/06/2013 to 01/09/2013
14/06/2013 to 25/08/2013
06/07/2013 to 08/07/2013
03/07/2013 to 04/08/2013