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Things to see and do in Cardiff


Principality Stadium

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1. Principality Stadium

The home of Welsh rugby is situated in the centre of the city. With a capacity of 73,000, you can hear the roar of the crowd on a match day, wherever you are. A regular host of international rugby as well as key football matches including the 2017 Champions League Final, the stadium was an Olympic site during London 2012 and is a venue for big-name music acts embarking on stadium tours. Click here for further information



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2. Museums

The National Museum Cardiff is housed in a beautiful civic building in the city centre where you can discover art, natural history and geology. If you want to go slightly further afield St Fagans is a short trip away and is one of Europe’s leading open-air museums. Standing in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, it was donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. You can take a look at buildings from 1100AD right up to now and interact with the living museum: chat to the smithy, buy some freshly baked bread or order some custom-made clogs! And to top it all off, all of the National Museums in Wales are free to enter! Click here for further information



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3. Parks

Cardiff has over 330 parks and gardens, including 130 acres in Bute Park. Located in the city centre and stretching right across the city, Bute Park offers a relaxed atmosphere and green space that is rare in a major city. There is also a selection of cafes within them to enjoy a drink and study on a summer’s day. You could also venture over to Roath Park Lake and hire out a rowing boat for the afternoon, or take a stroll in the botanical gardens. Click here for further information.



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4. Shopping

Cardiff offers some of the most varied and extensive shopping facilities outside of London. The pedestrianized shopping streets offer a range of options from designer names to high street stores. Or you can browse a selection of independent bookstores, shops and boutiques (including the oldest record shop in the world!) in the glass-canopied Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades. In the run up to Christmas, the city plays host to a traditional Christmas market with wooden stalls lining the streets and selling the best in arts, crafts and local food produce.

From the historic Cardiff Market through to one of the largest shopping complexes in the UK, St David’s Centre, there’s something for everyone. Click here for further information.


See a Show

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5. See a Show

You can see internationally-renowned opera, dance, theatre and concerts at the Wales Millennium Centre, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff and historic New Theatre. Or alternatively, watch an eclectic mix of film, dance and drama at venues such as the Sherman Theatre and Chapter Arts Centre. Top music acts regularly pass through the city on tour, playing a range of city centre venues and in Cardiff University Students’ Union. The city also has a range of cinemas including an IMAX screen in Cardiff Bay.


Cardiff Castle

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6. Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle offers over 2000 years of history, literally! The castle was built in 55 AD and underwent further development in 1091 and 1868. As a student in Cardiff you will be eligible to apply for a free pass that will allow you to enter the areas of the keep. The view from the top of the keep offers a fantastic lookout over the city, and the grounds are a great place to relax in the summer months. You could be doing your studies surrounded by Roman, Norman and Victorian history! Click here for further information.


Cardiff Bay

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7. Cardiff Bay

Originally an important area due to exporting coal from the docks, Cardiff Bay has undergone a regeneration to become one of Europe’s largest waterfront developments. Just a 3-minute train journey, or short walk from the city centre, the Bay offers a different shopping experience as well as a huge variety of restaurants and bars.

Cardiff Bay is also home to the Senedd, the Nationanl Assembly of Wales’ building, and has an international sport village, including an Olympic swimming pool, ice rink and white water centre. Click here  for further information.



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8. Sport

In addition to the Millennium Stadium and all the facilities in Cardiff Bay, the city is also home to the Cardiff Blues RFC who play at Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff City FC who have their own stadium and hosted the 2014 UEFA Super Cup and Cardiff Devils ice hockey team. In addition to watching pro-sports you can also get involved yourself using any of the city’s many facilities to take up a new hobby.


Night Life

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9. Night Life

Cardiff offers diversity when it comes to nightlife, with a variety of music venues, bars and clubs. On top of this, it offers its own selection of indie venues that have their own unique experience in nightlife entertainment. Cardiff can offer the nights for socials, the nights for catching up with friends and the nights to dance it away!

One of the major advantages to the vast number of students in Cardiff is that the nightlife scene can offer so much back! Each night of the week offers its own student experience with competitive student deals. This means your night is going further without your money being too far stretched.


Doctor Who Experience

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10. Doctor Who Experience

Cardiff is the home to some of the BBC’s most-loved shows including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Torchwood. It’s not uncommon to stumble across a film crew when making your way through the city centre or on the way to lectures! And you might even spot some Cardiff University buildings in the show. The BBC’s new Roath Lock Studio base is in Cardiff Bay, a stone’s throw away from the permanent exhibition, the Doctor Who Experience, which is full of props, costumes and will even take you on an interactive adventure. Click here for further information.


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Lively, elegant, confident, cosmopolitan, Cardiff caters for all tastes, offering everything from the excitement of a vibrant city life to the peace and tranquillity of the nearby coast and countryside.

Varied cultural and social life

  • See internationally-renowned opera, dance, theatre and concerts at the Wales Millennium Centre, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff and historic New Theatre.
  • Watch an eclectic mix of film, dance and drama at venues such as the Sherman Theatre and Chapter Arts Centre.
  • Expand your learning in the extensive City Library and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales.
  • Experience the unique historical architecture of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch.
  • A wide range of food is available, from traditional Welsh cuisine to a whole host of international restaurants and takeaways.
  • Relax and have fun in the many pubs, clubs and bars around the city. Many venues hold student nights or have special offers with NUS cards.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Doctor Who, the iconic television programme filmed on location in Cardiff. Some Cardiff University buildings have been used as part of the set, and there is a permanent Doctor Who exhibition in Cardiff Bay, which houses, amongst other exhibits, actual props and clothes from the popular series.

Quality sport facilities

  • Olympic swimming pool, ice rink (home to the city’s ice-hockey team, the Cardiff Devils), and white water rafting at the International Sports Village, which will play a part in the 2012 Olympics.
  • Millennium Stadium with 73,000 capacity, home to international rugby and hosts key football matches and large music gigs.
  • Cardiff International Sports Stadium (multi-sport track and field athletics) and Cardiff City football stadium (home to Cardiff City Football Club and Cardiff blues Rugby Club).
  • SWALEC Stadium offers first-class cricket, located in the heart of the beautiful Sophia Gardens.

Award-winning shopping

  • Cardiff offers some of the most varied and extensive shopping facilities outside London.
  • The historic covered market, and the glass-canopied Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades, host independent bookstores, record shops, and more.
  • There are large, contemporary shopping centres (including St David’s Centre, one of the largest complexes in the UK) and pedestrianised shopping streets offering a range of shopping from designer names to high street stores.

Opportunities to relax

  • Cardiff Bay, previously the world’s largest coal exporting port, is now Europe’s biggest waterfront development, with a wealth of leisure activities and places to eat and drink.
  • All 330 of Cardiff’s parks and gardens are superb open spaces. They cut across the city, offering a green haven for studying and relaxing.

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