Things to do in Cardiff



Once a roman fort, now a vibrant city, the history of Cardiff remains central to what this city is all about with so much to do and explore!

Capital of Wales and full of history, Cardiff is the city to visit. Once a roman fort now a vibrant city, its history remains central to what this city is all about!

The stunning landscape surrounding Cardiff makes it the perfect destination for cyclists, walkers and lovers of water sports, all out in the open. Cardiff is home to an abundance of historical houses and castles. Cardiff Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales and for good reason.

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Facts about Cardiff

  • Cardiff is home to the oldest record store in the world

Spillers Records is the oldest record shop in the world. Dating all the way back to 1894, it’s been in business for over 125 years. Located along the historic Morgan Arcade, the shop first specialised in phonographs, wax phonograph cylinders and shellac photograph discs. They also sold and repaired musical instruments. These days they sell an eclectic mix of records and CDs, as well as tickets for live music across the city.

  • Cardiff is known as the City of Arcades

Cardiff is known as the “City of Arcades” for good reason. It has the highest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary indoor shopping arcades in Britain. These house over 100 independent cafes, bars and shops right in the heart of the city. Castle Arcade and High Street Arcade are two of the most famous.

  • You can visit an award-winning toilet in Cardiff

The Wales Millenium Centre has won “Loo of the Year” awards – twice! The Loo of the Year Awards and Attendant of the Year Awards, which dates back to 1987, identifies the best in Britain. It’s widely recognised as the standard-setter for all those who provide ‘away from home’ facilities for staff, customers and visitors.

The building also won a top award for its sustainable development and has been named as one of Britain’s top arts venues.

  • Cardiff actually has two castles

Most people who know anything about Cardiff have heard of Cardiff Castle. Built over 2,000 years ago, it’s been occupied by everyone from the Romans to the Normans to Cardiff’s citizens during World War II.

But, fewer people know about Morgraig Castle. Built more than 600 years ago, local experts only re-discovered the castle in the early 1900s. No one knows exactly who built the castle, but it was likely either Gilbert de Clare of the Lord of Sneghennydd. It sits on the crest of Graig Llanishen ridge to the north of Cardiff, on the border between the medieval Welsh Lordship of Senghenydd and the English Lordship of Glamorgan.

  • There are several hidden tunnels underneath the city

There’s a centuries-old friars tunnel, which once connected the Blackfriars Friary in Bute Park to Greyfriars Road. There are hidden canals running under the city’s main shopping district. There’s even a tunnel running from Stadium House to Cardiff Castle, built in the late ’70s by the British Post Office to carry cables.

While we’re at it, there are hundreds of bodies beneath the city too. Take a stroll next to St John’s Church and you might spot metal numbers. These refer to burial vaults underneath the ground. The street is nicknamed “Dead Man’s Alley”.

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