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Cardiff Guide

Cultural Cardiff

Cardiff is the cultural capital of Wales, so hens here have plenty of opportunity for stopping in at the theatre, wandering round a few museums, or perusing a gallery or two. However, assuming you’re not planning to spend your whole weekend delving deep in to Cardiff’s history, here are our top three places to stop and soak up a bit of Cardiff culture:

  1. Cardiff Castle – Cardiff has a greater concentration of castles than anywhere else in the world, and Cardiff Castle, built on a Roman fort, stands proud over all of them.
  2. Wales Millennium Centre - you may recognise it from the opening scenes of Torchwood, but inside the frankly stunning exterior, the Millennium Centre is the best place in Cardiff for seeing opera, dance and theatre, with West End musical regularly featuring. Recent performers include the Welsh National Opera, Russell Brand, Wicked, Derren Brown, and Cats.
  3. Cardiff Bay – one of the most beautiful spots in Cardiff, the area around the bay has been filled with bars, shops, and restaurants, making it one of the best places in the city for a relaxed and leisurely look at modern Cardiff.

(Pop) Culture Cardiff

A surprising amount of TV programs are filmed in Cardiff – Casualty, Torchwood, Doctor Who, and Gavin and Stacey, to name just a few …along with The Valleys. If you’d like to see more of Cardiff as it appears on the small screen, check out the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, take the Doctor Who Walking Tour of Cardiff, or take the Gavin and Stacey Tour  - on Dave’s coach, no less.


Cardiff is one of the best shopping destinations in the country – and we don’t know about you, but at GoHen we’re firmly of the opinion that however many activities you’re cramming in to your weekend, there’s always time for a little retail therapy:

  • Royal Arcade / Morgan Arcade – Cardiff’s oldest arcades, these contain treasures like Spiller Records (the oldest record shop in the world), and Liam Gallagher’s store (perfect for if you want your man to look like Liam Gallagher, we guess).
  • St David’s – one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, and almost brand new. It’s got a mix of designer stores like Vivienne Westwood and Armani, along with more affordable options like All Saints, Boots and Gap.
  • Cardiff Market – a traditional market, Victorian style, and with an eclectic range of stalls around.

Festivals and Events

February - Six Nations Rugby Championship
April - RHS Spring Flower Show
July - Cardiff Summer Festival, Welsh Proms
August - Cardiff Carnival, Cardiff Harbour Festival
October - Cardiff Half Marathon
November - Sparks in the Park, Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

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