Take in a show
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. Check out what shows are on during your stay - you might get lucky and fit two performances in! Cardiff isn't short of other theatrical venues - the New Theatre is great for plays and shows, while Sherman Cymru goes for more contemporary theatre. Chapter Arts Centre in Canton is your spot for art house cinema, good food and great beers.
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.
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!
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. If history is your thing, then the free-entry St Fagans National Museum of History is a must visit. You can spend hours wandering around the reconstructed buildings and there's plenty of interactive and outdoor activities to keep kids happy.
After spending a few days exploring Cardiff, head to the Museum of Cardiff in the city centre to discover the origins and cosmopolitan history of your new favourite city. You can also do a guided tour - Cardiff on Foot's tours delve deep into the city's murky past or focus on a specific historical period.
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 yourself fit
After checking out some of the award-winning restaurants the city has to offer, burning off a few calories might be a good idea. Running fans will love this flat 10k Cardiff Bay Barrage circular route. Great by bike too, this waterside trail runs from the Bay to the seaside town of Penarth taking in some of the coolest Cardiff sights and heritage en route. Or head to Bute Park for a run along the tree-lined riverside Taff Trail, it's hard to believe you're in the middle of the city!
One of the best things about Cardiff is the compact city centre, meaning most of it is easily walkable or a short bus ride away. If you love to shop then wandering around the Victorian arcades, shopping centres and boutique shops will get your step count up. Plus, if you're in town for a while the late night opening hours mean you can spread the shopping expeditions throughout your stay.
Adrenaline adventure - in the city
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.