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Ranked #1 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Museums

The National History Museum, St Fagans, still commonly referred to by its former title 'The Museum of Welsh Life', this is a fantastic 100 acre park on the edge of Cardiff filled... more »

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Ranked #2 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Tours; Theaters & Stadiums
Owner description: The Millennium Stadium is the home of the Welsh national rugby team and hosted previous Rugby World Cups, Olympics events and... more » Owner description: The Millennium Stadium is the home of the Welsh national rugby team and hosted previous Rugby World Cups, Olympics events and international soccer games. Tours of the Millennium Stadium are available through out the week. « less
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Ranked #3 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Welcome to Bute Park & Arboretum, an extensive area of mature parkland that forms the 'green heart' of Cardiff. The site is... more » Owner description: Welcome to Bute Park & Arboretum, an extensive area of mature parkland that forms the 'green heart' of Cardiff. The site is managed by Cardiff Council and is currently undergoing a major £5.6M restoration project supported by a £3.1M grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2009 which will restore some important historic features, provide new facilities and help tell the park's fascinating story. At 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches), Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and comprises a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. Bute Park offers something for everyone including the Bute Park Education Centre, 3 wonderful cafes, toilet facilities, a woodland balance trail, sculpture trail, fitness trail and a varied events programme. Easily accessible from the centre of Cardiff, Bute Park is listed along with Cardiff Castle as a Grade 1 historic designed landscape and contains the fascinating site of a former Blackfriars Friary which is a scheduled ancient monument. The magnificent Arboretum contains 41 Champion trees, the tallest or widest of their species in the UK or Ireland, which is more than any other public park in the UK. Along with the rest of the rare tree collection, the stunning Herbaceous Border, and the range of wildlife present, Bute Park and Arboretum is worth a visit all year round. « less
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Ranked #4 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Tours; Cultural
Owner description: This is a ghost walk with a difference, for adults and older children (min age 12) brought to you by "Cardiff History and... more » Owner description: This is a ghost walk with a difference, for adults and older children (min age 12) brought to you by "Cardiff History and Hauntings" offering professional guided walks discovering Cardiff's past - on this walk you are in a city but can enjoy a mystical rural atmosphere, a chilling torch lit Cardiff ghost tour in an ancient village setting amidst ruins, graveyards and wooded lanes, with the spirits of those long dead – sad phantoms, strange lights, and sinister entities. Just a 10 minute bus ride from Cardiff Castle. « less
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Ranked #5 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Owner description: We’re so much more than a theatre. Our visitors enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera, ballet and contemporary dance,... more » Owner description: We’re so much more than a theatre. Our visitors enjoy blockbuster West End musicals, opera, ballet and contemporary dance, hip hop and stand up comedy, art exhibitions, workshops, training days, free daily foyer performances, guided tours, bars and restaurants... there is something for everyone. « less
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Ranked #6 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. Five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and... more » Owner description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. Five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist art. The building also has galleries showing the diverse natural history of Wales, as well as a journey taking you through the Evolution of Wales from the very beginnings of time to the present day. « less
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Ranked #7 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Specialty Shops; Specialty Museums; Landmarks

Cardiff bay is the former docks area that has been transformed into one of Europe'a largest waterfront development with a freshwater lake, a barrage that separates the lake from... more »

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Ranked #8 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #9 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Castles; Cultural
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Ranked #10 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Dams; Landmarks
This dam transformed Cardiff's landscape from unsightly, marshy mudflats to dry, fertile land surrounding a pretty lake.
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Ranked #11 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Mountains; Outdoors
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Ranked #12 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Starting in the Gallifrey Museum, take part in an interactive adventure with the Twelfth Doctor before stepping behind the... more » Owner description: Starting in the Gallifrey Museum, take part in an interactive adventure with the Twelfth Doctor before stepping behind the scenes of your adventure into the largest collection of props, costumes and sets from this iconic show. A must for Doctor Who fans of all ages. « less
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Ranked #13 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Castles; Cultural

2000 years of history crammed into an eight acre site: Roman, Norman, Plantaganet and Victorian history.  The highlight is the guided tour of the main castle building and the... more »

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Ranked #14 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #15 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
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Ranked #16 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Science Museums; Landmarks
Interactive, hands-on exhibits make this science museum the perfect destination for families.
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Ranked #17 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Museums
Owner description: In our fun, free and interactive galleries, discover how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s, to... more » Owner description: In our fun, free and interactive galleries, discover how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s, to one of the world's biggest ports in the 1900s, to the cool, cosmopolitan capital we know today. The museum, in the beautiful and historic Old Library building, is rich in stories, objects, photographs and film telling the history of Cardiff through the eyes of those who created the city – its people. « less
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Ranked #18 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
Owner description: Overlooking the Bay and with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes to relax.Just five minutes... more » Owner description: Overlooking the Bay and with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes to relax.Just five minutes from the city centre, it's the perfect destination for relaxing, partying or splashing out on a bit of retail therapy or personal pampering.The wealth of waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars with menus from around the world mean there's something for every taste and pocket - from a quick snack to a leisurely, luxury meal.And, if it's laughs you're after, there's nowhere better than the Glee Club - one of the UK's top stand-up venues.Meanwhile shops and services range from stylish boutiques offering hot fashions & accessories, fine foods, fabulous furnishings and great gifts to Ken Picton's award-winning hair dressing salon & spa. « less
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Ranked #19 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Cultural
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Ranked #20 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Parks; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails; Tours; Specialty Museums; Outdoors
Heritage attraction depicting coal mining and social life of Rhondda and South Wales.
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Ranked #21 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors

River Taff, Wales Info If you'd like to swim in the River Taff, click this link and scroll down a bit to Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil or Rhondda Cynon Taff to find some known, safe and... more »

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Ranked #22 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #23 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Architectural Buildings; Cultural
Owner description: The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people,... more » Owner description: The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales and holds the Welsh Government to account. « less
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Ranked #24 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Ships; Landmarks
Owner description: Step back into History for a Unique Maritime Experience – ideal for a Family Visit. The Lightship is open everyday. See... more » Owner description: Step back into History for a Unique Maritime Experience – ideal for a Family Visit. The Lightship is open everyday. See unparalleled views of Cardiff Bay from the Light Tower. Relax on the Helideck, with refreshments from our Galley. « less
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Ranked #25 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Government Buildings; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #26 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Museums
Owner description: World of Boats is a new attraction on the Waterfront at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay featuring a unique collection of boats... more » Owner description: World of Boats is a new attraction on the Waterfront at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay featuring a unique collection of boats from around the globe. It takes you on a journey through history, showing the evolution of boats from earliest times to the present day. Using hi-tech displays and showcasing original crafts, World of Boats highlights the key developments and skills that keep craft afloat. Interactive activities coupled with fascinating displays mean that there's plenty for the whole family to 'Sea, Discover and Explore at World of Boats!' There are over 40 historic boats on display, from primitive dug outs and reed boats to current examples of familiar vessels. All are representative in the story of boats and their increasing importance in our daily lives. Many of these boats are unique, as the last surviving example of their kind anywhere in the world, drawn from the Charity EISCA's collection of over 400 vessels - the UK's largest collection of historic craft. Try the Look Out Cafe Bar, where you can relax and view an unparalleled view across Cardiff Bay, whilst enjoying a wide range of refreshments and snacks. World of Boats is located right next to the Doctor Who Experience. Explore the Boat Lab where you can learn the fundamentals of boat design, whilst seeing current restoration techniques undertaken by skilled craftsmen. See the 70 foot, 18th Century Topsail Schooner, the Elena Maria Barbara being lovingly brought back to seaworthy condition. World of Boats is open every day from 11.00 a.m. Kids under 16 go free with every paying adult! Extensive car parking is available in Cardiff Bay, with plenty of rail and bus links, including the Cardiff Bus Bay Car No.6 « less
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Ranked #27 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Government Buildings; Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #28 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Other
Owner description: The Cardiff Tourist Information Centre, in the beautiful and historic Old Library building is where you can pick up free... more » Owner description: The Cardiff Tourist Information Centre, in the beautiful and historic Old Library building is where you can pick up free information leaflets and get advice on things to do, where to stay, what’s on and how to get there. Our friendly, multilingual and knowledgeable team will provide you with personal information and advice that will help you make the most of your stay in Cardiff. If you’re looking for a special memento of your visit to Cardiff, or need something that’s easy to carry home. don’t despair - help is at hand! We sell a variety of books and maps, Welsh souvenirs, soft toys and a range of other gifts. « less
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Ranked #29 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Religious Sites; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Bodies of Water; Cultural
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Ranked #30 of 59 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Mountains; Outdoors
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