Things to do in Cardiff

Culture and heritage

The Welsh capital has so much to offer visitors, with many attractions and sights within walking distance of Cardiff Central station. History fans will love exploring the famous medieval Cardiff Castle, while culture vultures will find a visit to Chapter Arts Centre well worth their time. No matter what the reason for your visit, you’ll find plenty to enjoy, from walks along the waterfront to gigs, concerts and great food and drink.


Head to Principality Stadium – the home of Welsh rugby is well worth a look, even on non-matchdays. Next, take a trip back in time and see how people lived in the past at St Fagans National History Museum. End your day at Wales Millennium Centre by taking in a show at this stunning arts centre. Add PlusBus to your train ticket for unlimited bus travel around Cardiff, including the 32A bus to St Fagans.

Food and drink

There’s certainly no shortage of places to eat in Cardiff, no matter what your budget. And, as with most of Wales, there’s a growing reputation for fine dining. This is down to great local chefs, and even better local produce – Welsh lamb and beef, fresh seafood and organic vegetables. Head to the city’s Brewery Quarter for a range of great restaurants.

Sports and outdoors

Wales is a country that loves sport and Cardiff is a genuine all-rounder. The city comes alive when the national rugby team plays, but it also hosts big cricket and football fixtures too – see if you can catch Cardiff City playing while you're in town. If you head to Cardiff Bay you can watch The Cardiff Devils in action in an ice hockey match, or try out a thrilling white water rafting experience or a high-ropes course at Cardiff International White Water. If you’re a golf fan, you’ll probably know about Celtic Manor – just 20 minutes from Cardiff.

Music and nightlife

St Mary Street has a wide choice of bars, pubs and clubs all within walking distance of each other. For great cocktail and wine bars try Greyfriars Road or head to Cardiff Bay. If it’s people watching you’re after, Mill Lane – home to a number of bars, clubs and restaurants – is the perfect place. For a cultural night out, see what’s on at the Welsh National Opera or enjoy various other performances at the Wales Millennium Centre, from musicals to contemporary dance. If it’s live music you’re after, head over to Womanby Street, the beating heart of Cardiff’s thriving music scene and home to Clwb Ifor Bach, the iconic Welsh independent venue.


Cardiff is a shopaholic’s dream. You’ll find plenty of your favourite high street shops on Queen Street and the surrounding area – and in the St David’s Shopping Centre there are dozens more, all under one roof. If you're looking for a more unusual shopping experience, don’t miss the Victorian and Edwardian arcades where you'll find unique boutiques, gift shops and cafés.

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Where do GWR trains to Cardiff arrive and depart?

GWR trains arrive and depart from Cardiff Central, the city’s main transport hub.

The station is located right by the River Taff facing the iconic Principality Stadium.

Which train services run direct to Cardiff?

Cardiff Central can be reached directly from a number of major UK train stations such as London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads.

Direct trains also run from regional Welsh stations such as Newport and Swansea.

When is the best time to travel to Cardiff by train?

Travel on off-peak services to avoid the most crowded trains to Cardiff.

By travelling at the weekend or outside of busy commuter times, you’ll be able to find cheaper tickets and quieter trains.