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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)

Llanelli Scarlets Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Killerton, Exeter. Courtesy of National Trust

Opening times:
Various according to season - please check before travelling Feb - Dec 2013 (various dates)

What's on in Cardiff:

Cardiff Winter Wonderland. Courtesy of the Cardiff Initiative
Winter Wonderland

Dates Open:
17/11/2014 to 02/01/2015
17/11/2015 to 02/01/2016

River of Light Lantern Parade

Dates Open:
22/12/2014 to 22/12/2014

Welsh National

Dates Open:
27/12/2014 to 27/12/2014

Fantabulous Christmas

Dates Open:
19/12/2014 to 19/12/2014

Autumn Exhibition

Dates Open:
30/10/2015 to 31/12/2015
30/10/2014 to 31/12/2014

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


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