Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the ninth largest city in the United Kingdom. It’s also one of the best tourist destinations in Wales pulling in an impressive 18.3 million visitors a year!
If art is what you enjoy, there are tons of art museums in Cardiff! Covering all the different aspects of art and something for everyone, no matter what you enjoy! The National Museum Cardiff is home to the new National Museum of Art, holding a spectacular range of some of the best art collections in the world. The Martin Tinney Gallery is situated directly across the road and is considered to be one of Wales' best private commercial art galleries and specialises in Wales-Based artists, taking the public on a journey through the past and to the future. A more contemporary art collection can be found in at Chapter Arts Centre, in Canton. A former school building situated a few minute walk away from the city centre. Including its own cinemas, galleries, restaurant and bar, Chapter is now one of Europe's leading art centres. Not all of Cardiff's art is indoors, in and around Cardiff Bay there are over 25 different sculptures and pieces dotted around!
Love the outdoors? Cardiff is full of beautiful parks and gardens! As well as places to play, keep fit or relax. Bute Park is a massive area of mature parkland, close to the city centre. At an impressive 56 hectares, it is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and includes a range of historic landscape, sports pitches, woodland and river Corridor. With loads of cafes open all day, every day, so there is always somewhere to get a drink and a bite to eat!
Old Cardiff docklands have recently re-developed to create the wonderful Cardiff Bay, home to a large freshwater lake, exciting attractions, regular events throughout the year and Mermaid Quay - a restaurant that really does have something for everyone to enjoy, from Caribbean to Turkish cuisine.
If you are into Doctor who then Cardiff holds its very own amazing interactive journey that takes you and the Doctor on a special adventure through time and space together. Original Doctor Who props and artifacts along with the entire collection of The Doctor’s iconic costumes from 1963 to present day are also exhibited.
For lovers of sport a visit to the Millennium Stadium is a must. Tours of this amazing stadium can be taken to experience the sheer scale of one of the world’s leading stadia.
Cardiff Castle is also well worth a visit and is an easy walk from the shops and other attractions of the city centre.
Four miles west of the city centre you will find the impressive St Fagan's Museum which is a must see! Opened on 1st November 1948, the museum is set in the beautiful grounds of St Fagan's Castle and Gardens, a stunning late 16th century manor house! St Fagan's is described as 'A Living Museum'. It's a journey back in time, where you can see demonstrations of farming taking place daily. You can see a Blacksmith using traditional tools to make decorative forgework, the Woollen Mill which produces shoulder shawls and blanket’s, the Melin Brompren Corn Mill is a water-driven mill that turns corn into flour and the Derwen Bake House which makes the best bread and cakes on a daily basis! At St Fagan's there are still workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills that they still sell to the public. After this trip back in time, why not have a photo taken in period costumes and hats for a souvenir of your time at St Fagan's!
No matter what you enjoy, if you love the outdoors, a good day at the museum, visiting one of the many amazing art galleries and of course there is many more things to see and do, Cardiff has something for everyone to enjoy and will happily have you returning as soon as you can!
National Museum Cardiff
Cardiff Central Library
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