Marvel at the poetic architecture of the Wales Millennium Centre

The iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay is all Welsh slate and glinting copper and home to worldwide and Welsh theatre, music and art. The Festival of Voice will be underway during the race stopover, with a line-up including Patti Smith, Billy Bragg and Wales’ own Gruff Rhys.

Large arts building lit up at night
The Wales Millennium Centre by night

Visit the home of Welsh sport, the Principality Stadium

Few cities boast a sporting facility like this one. Slap bang in the middle of Cardiff, the Principality Stadium has hosted the UEFA Champions League final, Olympic 2012 events, and the Rugby World Cup. Worth a tour in itself for sports fans, the stadium has also hosted all the musical greats - James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Beyonce and Jay Z, and Ed Sheeran.

A large sports stadium next to a river, with a boat going past
Principality Stadium, the National Stadium of Wales

Explore a wide range of art

The art collection at National Museum Cardiff is one of Europe's finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist art - the biggest collection outside of Paris. And admission is free!

The interior hallway of a large building
The entry hall of the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Spend Sunday morning at Riverside Food Market on the banks of the River Taff

If you want to shop like a local, head to the banks of the Taff, opposite the Principality Stadium on Sunday mornings. You’ll find the tastiest local produce at the Riverside Food Market as farmers from the surrounding countryside bring traditional Welsh meats and cheeses to the stalls alongside local multi-cultural traders. 

 

Climb the keep at Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle is the jewel in the city’s crown, dominating the city centre and in easy walking distance of all the other sights. Don’t forget to glance up at the outer wall to see the quirky ‘animal wall’ where 100-year old statues of lynx and seals scramble above you.

A castle keep in a field of green, with people sitting and wandering around
The keep at Cardiff Castle

Try a micro pub at St Canna’s Ale House

Owned and run by a young Baptist minister St Canna’s Ale House is a pint-sized Canton pub all about Welsh real ales and craft beers, making new friends and helping to build community spirit. Pop along to one of the regular quiz nights and open mic nights for an extra buzz.

Keep your fitness on point on the Cardiff Bay Barrage

Running fans will delight at this flat 10k Cardiff Bay Barrage circular route. Great by bike too, the waterside trail runs from the Bay to the seaside town of Penarth taking in some of the coolest Cardiff sights and heritage en route.

Find your sea legs at the Cardiff International White Water Rafting Centre

As well as rafting at Cardiff International White Water Rafting Centre, visitors can try loads of other exhilarating sports including paddle-boarding, indoor surfing, bodyboarding and canoeing. 

Cardiff International White Water Centre
Cardiff International White Water Rafting Centre