Theatres, performance and arts spaces
St David’s Hall
Wales Millennium Centre
What: In Cardiff Bay, you'll find one of Wales’ most attractive-looking arts venues: the Wales Millennium Centre (sometimes referred to as WMC). It has entertainment on the daily. At any time, you might catch a touring musical, opera, dance performance, comedy routine or art exhibition.
Where: Bute Place, Cardiff Bay
Plan your visit using the listings on the Wales Millennium Centre website.
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Chapter Arts Centre
What: Chapter is one of Europe's largest and most dynamic multi-discipline arts centres. There are three theatres, two cinemas, an art gallery, studios, a cafe bar and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The programme of events spans everything from the mainstream to the very obscure.
Where: Market Road, Canton
Check out the listings on the Chapter website to see what's on.
Cardiff International Arena (CIA) (formerly Motorpoint Arena) Cardiff
What: A multi-purpose venue that hosts everything from live music performances by big name bands to comedy shows and world class sporting events.
Where: Mary Ann Street
Plan your next big gig on the Cardiff International Arena website.
What: A live music and entertainment venue set within a former tram depot.
Where: Clare Road, Grangetown
See who's performing when on the Tramshed website.
What: A community-based arts centre in a Grade 2 listed building. Has with a varied programme of performances and creativity, as well as exhibition space and a café bar.
Where: Keppoch Street, Roath
Check out the line-up on The Gate's website.
Live music venues and alternative clubs
Clwb Ifor Bach
Fuel Rock Club
What: The only dedicated rock and metal venue in Cardiff, providing a hub for fans of heavy music.
Where: Womanby Street
Get ahead by seeing what's on via the Fuel website.
What: A humble hub of live music, with capacity for 350 people across the downstairs floor and the balcony.
Where: Albany Road, Roath
Secure your tickets on The Globe's website.
Cardiff Students' Union: The Great Hall and Y Plas
What: Two live music venues located within Cardiff University's Students Union building, open to students and non-students alike. The Great Hall holds 1500 people across a single-level room, while Y Plas holds up to 1200 people and has a club-style layout.
Where: Park Place (front entrance, use for Y Plas)/ Senghennydd Road (back entrance, use for The Great Hall)
Visit the Cardiff Students' Union website for event listings.
Museums and exhibition spaces
National Museum Cardiff
What: Wales' largest museum, with artworks dating back over five centuries. There's a vast national art collection, one of Britain's best collections of Impressionist paintings, natural history collections and touring exhibitions.
Where: Cathays Park
Check out the National Museum Cardiff website for information about current exhibitions and events.
What: This hands-on museum brings science to life through over 100 interactive exhibits, demonstrations and events. Its key themes are space, the environment, chemistry, biomedical science and world issues, all of which are approached in an easy to understand, fun and engaging way. Once you finish your visit, take some time to explore the rest of Cardiff Bay.
Where: Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay
Plan your visit on the Techniquest website.
Museum of Cardiff
What: See the story of Cardiff through the tales of its people, historical objects and interactive displays. Exhibitions illustrate the transformation of Cardiff from its humble beginnings as a market town to its modern day status as the capital city of Wales.
Where: The Old Library, The Hayes
See the Museum of Cardiff website for information on one-off events and exhibits.
St Fagans National Museum of History
What: One of Europe's leading open-air museums, where you can literally walk through Wales' history. Over 50 notable buildings from across the country have been taken apart and rebuilt brick-by-brick to create a historical village that shows visitors Wales' past.
Where: St Fagans village
Check out the special events and exhibition information on the St Fagans website.
What: An artist-run contemporary visual arts space with regular exhibitions from local and touring artists and a programme of events.
Where: Oxford Street, Roath
Find out what's on show via the g39 website.