Things to do in Cardiff

From historic houses to cutting-edge architecture, sporting superstars to world famous masterpieces, you’ll discover all this and much, much more in Europe’s youngest capital city. Rich in heritage, arts and culture, not to mention plenty of fun activities, Cardiff is the perfect destination for families, couples and groups. With its compact centre you’ll have no trouble exploring all of the city’s sights on foot. Check out Cardiff Bay’s many museums and attractions, then take a short 30 minute-stroll and you’ll be at the centre of the action in the city. Not sure where to begin? This handy guide will help you plan, book and get around Cardiff. And, with not one but seven  Premier Inn Hotels in Cardiff, whether you’re visiting for the weekend or having a longer stay, you’ll find a hotel just around the corner ready to get your trip off to a great start.


From fairytale castles to parks with acres of grounds to stroll in, you’ll find plenty of sightseeing opportunities in Cardiff. And, when you’ve finished exploring the history and heritage of places like the beautiful Bute Park in the city centre, there are large arenas and stadiums for you to take a look at, too.


Whether you prefer designer labels or high-street favourites, hand-crafted pieces or market stall bargains, you’re bound to find something to your taste in Cardiff. It even has its own shopping mall called St David’s. Check out all this and more in our guide to bagging a bargain in the Welsh capital.


A range of thrilling activities await you on a trip to Cardiff. Go for a hike in nature or explore the city and its surroundings on two wheels. Or try out some indoor sports, such as golf, skating or climbing. From walking tours and cycle paths to adrenaline-filled white-water rafting, we’ve got it all covered.

Places to eat

The food scene in Cardiff is as diverse as it is legendary. Discover Welsh delicacies at a local food market, or find a cosy cafe to refuel in after a long hike. You could even try out one of city’s fine dining options - there’s something for every taste in this city. Get the lowdown on culinary Cardiff here.


The city that gave us the likes of Catatonia and the Super Furry Animals has a great nightlife scene, with a cool mix of craft beer houses, chic cocktail bars and some of the hottest nightspots around. Discover where to go when the sun goes down with our guide to the city’s best pubs, clubs and bars.


Whether you like to explore an exhibition, mooch around a museum or have a gander at a gallery, Cardiff has plenty of options to keep even the most voracious of culture vultures happy. And, with a student population of around 30,000, the arts scene is always kept feeling fresh and interesting.


Music, theatre, comedy and events… Cardiff has everything ready and waiting to keep you entertained, whatever you’re into. You’ll find stadiums and arenas to see your favourite bands - or you could even have a night at the opera in the Millennium Centre. Nothing’s out of reach in this buzzing city.

Getting around

With a flat, compact city centre you’ll have no problems getting around Cardiff on foot or by bike. Need to get across town in a rush? There are plenty of transport options to choose from. There’s also an international airport just 12 miles from the city centre that’s easily accessible by car, train, bus or taxi.

Looking for a hotel in Cardiff?

We have a huge range of fantastic Premier Inn hotels in Glamorgan, South Wales for the discerning business and leisure traveller. If you're jetting into Cardiff on business, check into our airport hotels. For students there are hotels near Cardiff University and a collection of budget hotels for the price conscious. Whichever part of Cardiff you’re planning to visit, there's sure to be a selection of comfortable Premier Inn hotels nearby.