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Cardiff Things to Do – Attractions & Must See

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Cardiff Things to Do

Cardiff, which is a port city located on Wales’ south coast, is where the Severn Estuary meets the River Taff. In 1955, Cardiff was declared the capital of Wales. Undoubtedly, this port city is an incredibly popular destination among tourists in Great Britain. Here is some information about the attractions and must-see sights in Cardiff, Wales.

Cardiff Castle

You will find Cardiff Castle in the middle of the port city. There is plenty to see at the Cardiff Castle, particularly if you happen to be a history buff. You will find a motte in the castle grounds that contains relics of a Norman keep built in 1091. You will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of Cardiff by climbing to the top of the tower. The Victorian manor house is the main building of the castle. You will be able to go to some of the rooms. Architect William Burges actually transformed some of these rooms into apartments. There is also a library where you can look at the old books.

There are two types of tickets you can buy to explore Cardiff Castle. There is the Essential Ticket and there is the Premium Ticket. The Premium Ticket comes with a 45 minute guided tour of the rooms and apartments. Cardiff Castle is normally open from 9 AM to 6 PM. However, from November to February, Cardiff Castle is open from 9 AM to 5 PM. The Essential Ticket costs $11 for adults but there are special rates for families. Students and seniors pay a few dollars less than the normal cost for adults.

Museum of Welsh Life

The Museum of Welsh Life is a large outdoor museum that shows life in Wales for the past few centuries. The fact that this museum depicts more than one period of history is what makes it truly unique. This museum is incredibly large and will take you hours to explore in its entirety. A Celtic village is the oldest depiction in the outdoor museum. The most recent depiction is a house built in the 1980’s. Once you leave this museum, you will have a good idea of what life was like in Wales in the past.

If you want to take a stroll, you should do so on the lawns and green grounds of the museum on a sunny day. Make sure to pick up one of the maps located at the entrance.

Cardiff Central Market

If you’re a huge fan of flea markets, you should stop by the Cardiff Market. Some of the things that you will be able to buy at the Cardiff Central Market include baked goods, meats, collectibles, candies, souvenirs, clothes, sports memorabilia, and more. The vast majority of the time, there will not be crowds at the Cardiff Central Market, so you will be able to shop in relative peace. The items for sale are also often inexpensive.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in Cardiff. 

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