No matter where you go, every visit should be a visit to remember. Whether you prefer the unforgettable sights or simple places to drink and eat, every destination has those most amazing attractions that every tourist shouldn’t miss out on.
Well, if Cardiff is your chosen destination, you’re in for a real treat, as this city is a pretty special place according to all those who have visited it.
This Welsh capital and all its surrounding areas offer hundreds of very interesting eateries, historic landmarks, and the most beautiful greenery. Most people who visit Europe or the United Kingdom for the first time, get recommendations to come and visit Wales, as there’s nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
One of the most iconic buildings in Wales is the Principality Stadium but there are so many other things each visitor should see when visiting the Welsh capital. Since this is such an amazing city, here are some of the biggest Cardiff attractions that are definitely worth your time.
1. Insole Court
Insole Court has something for everyone as it’s simply a stunning building. It has been recently renovated so it’s a real hidden gem of Cardiff. Built in 1856, this house is a true monument to the rich history of Wales. Recent renovation works uncovered walls dating back to 1870, with highly exquisite old decorations that are a silent reminder of past times.
For those who love walking, Insole Court has outstanding and breathtakingly beautiful gardens, perfect for children and dogs. If you’re looking for something to eat, there’s The Potting Shed cafe, which serves lunch, brunch, and lush cakes all week long. With such marvelous buildings, Wales is one of the top ten holiday destinations in the world.
2. Penarth Pier
While it may not be strictly in Cardiff, Penarth Pier is just down the road. You’ll need a car or public transport to get there, but it will be well-worth it without any doubt. In fact, it’s our warmest recommendation that you spend some extra energy and take a barrage to cycle across the pier or even better, take a boat from Cardiff Bay, as the view is amazing.
Penarth Pier is simply perfect for enjoying a stroll and buying local treats such as ice-cream and fish and chips but most importantly, for admiring the splendid seaside esplanade.
On top of all that, you can find a cafe, a cinema and an art gallery in the pier which, alongside plenty of cafes, pubs, ships, and stellar scenery, ensures that you’ll have a great time here. If you’re into fine dining, we suggest Restaurant James Sommerin for their exquisite atmosphere and fancy food.
3. The Principality Stadium
The Principality Stadium is the 74,500 seater stadium and definitely one of the most unique, one-of-a-kind and standout venues in Cardiff. Located in the center of Cardiff where it stands tall, this stadium is home to the Welsh rugby team and it’s one of the main attractions in Cardiff.
It attracts hundreds and thousands of tourists for concerts and all sorts of sporting events. It welcomed the famous pop singers and bands like Coldplay, Justin Bieber, and Robbie Williams and it also hosted the UEFA Champions League cup final.
This world-famous stadium has so many magnificent features and facets to offer. Take a tour of the iconic venue in Wales.
4. The Clink
The Clink Restaurant is a place that you’ll want to visit several times during your stay in Cardiff as it’s a place that makes a difference. You might have been to a lot of restaurants, but this one is pretty special.
It’s the best place for fine dining in all of Wales and it has won numerous prestigious awards for impeccable services and stunning food arrangements, including a 2015 Travellers Choice Restaurant award.
From the most luxurious meals to a simple afternoon tea, an intimate dinner for two or family lunch, the Clink Restaurant is definitely a place to visit. If you want something really special, we recommend their lush Sunday roast.
5. The Cardiff Bay Barrage
The Cardiff Bay 10k trail is especially majestic and magnificent when the sun is shining, so you can take a walk, ride a bike, and do anything that pleases you. The trail takes you through Cardiff Bay, over the barrage, and past the wetlands.
The view is most outstanding but you’ll also get a chance to admire the marvelous level of engineering, as the barrage itself is a real work of art.
Rent a scooter or a cycle or take your kids out to play, as there’s a kid-friendly sand area for them. There are plenty of restaurants close by and other interesting attractions to admire such as Wales Millennium Centre, the Norwegian Church, and The Senedd.