Top things to do in Cardiff – 2023

Welcome to Cardiff, Wales—a vibrant city that seamlessly combines ancient heritage with modern allure. Nestled on the banks of the River Taff, Cardiff captivates visitors with its rich history, charming neighbourhoods, and an array of captivating attractions.

From exploring medieval castles to immersing yourself in thriving cultural scenes, this captivating city offers an abundance of experiences to suit every taste. Join us as we unveil the top things to do in Cardiff in 2023, inviting you to discover the hidden gems and must-visit landmarks that make this Welsh capital a destination unlike any other.

A sign located in Cardiff Bay, showcasing the top things to do in Cardiff 2023.

Cardiff Castle

Start your adventure with a visit to this medieval castle located right in the heart of the city. Its history spans over 2000 years, beginning with the Romans, who first built a fort on the site.

Explore the fairy-tale Victorian Gothic Revival apartments, the Norman Keep and the atmospheric war-time shelters. The views from the top are a treat, offering a unique panorama of the city.

Exterior shot of Cardiff Castle, with the Principality Stadium featuring in the background.

Cardiff Bay

Next, head down to Cardiff Bay, a bustling waterfront teeming with restaurants, cafes, and shops. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a calming stroll. Visit the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, known for its diverse range of performing arts, or take a tour of the Senedd, the home of Welsh democracy.

Don’t miss the Norwegian Church, a charming piece of Cardiff’s maritime history, now functioning as an arts centre. Did you know Roald Dahl was baptised in this church? 

A shot of the landmarks found in Cardiff Bay such as the Senedd, Wales Millennium Centre and Norwegian Church.

Bute Park

Just a stone’s throw from the city centre, this sprawling parkland is a nature lover’s dream. With its stunning arboretum, historic monuments and the River Taff flowing through, it’s an ideal location for a picnic, a jog or a peaceful walk among the trees.

You can even hop on a river taxi for a different perspective of the city. If you’re feeling really energetic, how about joining in the weekly Park Run, a 5k run around this wonderful park.

Large crowd of people queueing for a boat trip in Bute park - Cardiff boat tours are ranked as top things to do in Cardiff 2023.
Photo: Bute Park

National Museum Cardiff

Culture vultures should make a beeline for this museum, which boasts an impressive collection of art, geology and natural history exhibits. Best of all, entry is free!

Take time to marvel at the world-renowned Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, and the captivating dinosaur displays. Look out for the Van Gogh and Renoir’s La Parisienne.

Young women posing for a picture with an impressive dinosaur display, located in Cardiff Museum.
Photo: Cardiff Museum

Cardiff Market

No trip to Cardiff would be complete without a visit to this traditional Victorian indoor market. From fresh local produce and delicious Welsh cakes to vintage clothes and quirky antiques, there’s something for everyone. It’s the ideal place to soak up the local atmosphere and pick up some unique souvenirs.

Interior shot of Cardiff Market and Elvis figurine - Visiting the Market is one of the top things to do in Cardiff 2023
Photo: Cardiff Market

St Fagans National Museum of History

Just a short drive from Cardiff, this open-air museum is a must-see. Wander through more than 40 historic buildings, each one transported from its original site and rebuilt brick by brick. Discover how the people of Wales have lived, worked and spent their leisure time over the centuries.

Exterior of historical buildings located in St Fagans
Photo: St Fagans National Museum of History

Cardiff International White Water

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, this is the spot for you. With activities like white water rafting, indoor surfing, and paddleboarding, it’s a thrilling day out for all ages.

Gif of man participating in water activities such as white water rafting in Cardiff

Indulge in Welsh cuisine

Don’t leave Cardiff without trying some traditional Welsh dishes. From hearty cawl (a Welsh soup) to savoury Welsh rarebit and laverbread, there’s a range of culinary delights to satisfy your taste buds. Visit local pubs and restaurants to savour the flavours of Wales. A local fan favourite is Milkwood based In Pontcanna.

Shot of cheese burger from Milkwood restaurant located in Pontcanna, Cardiff.
Photo: Milkwood Cardiff

Guided Tours

Consider joining a guided tour to get the most out of your visit. There are many options available, from historical and cultural tours to food and ghost tours, each promising a unique insight into the city. A few great options include:
City Sightseeing Bus Tour
Cardiff Bay Boat Tour
Ghost Walk of Cardiff

Photo of the Cardiff Bay boat tours
Photo: Visit Wales


As the day winds down, experience Cardiff’s vibrant nightlife. With an array of pubs, bars, and clubs, there’s plenty of fun to be had. If you’re a sports fan, why not catch a rugby match at the Principality Stadium, or if you prefer the stage, enjoy a show at the New Theatre.

Not forgetting a ‘must-do’ visit is the city centre bar Lab 22 which has excelled in The World’s 50 Best Bars Awards and was crowned with the Siete Misterios Award for Best Cocktail Menu in the world. Of course, this would be our chosen stop off for our Christmas party.

Interior shot of people celebrating inside the bar Lab 22, located in Cardiff
Photo: Lab 22

Cardiff is a city that’s proud of its heritage, but it’s also forward-thinking and full of energy. It’s got historic sites, beautiful parks, cultural treasures, exciting adventures, and a welcoming atmosphere – truly a place that has something for everyone.

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