It may only be an hour long flight from Newcastle, but the city of Cardiff offers a taste of Welsh culture that is a world away from the north-east. Visitors to the Welsh capital will be spoilt for choice with an array of attractions, culture and entertainment, castles and historic houses.
Cardiff Castle is a great place to start your trip and a must-see for the whole family. The castle lies at the heart of the city centre and tells the story of Cardiff’s 2000 year history. From the Roman conquest to the lavish decor of the Victorian period, all have shaped Cardiff into the city it is today. A 50-minute guided tour takes you through the interiors of the castle, allowing visitors to soak up Cardiff’s rich and varied history.
Sporting enthusiast or not, a trip to Cardiff is incomplete without a visit to the world renowned and awe-inspiring, Millennium Stadium. The 72,500 seat venue played host to the Olympic football competition during the London 2012 Games and is regularly used for international football and rugby matches, as well as cricket and athletics. The complex also boasts an International Sports Village, swimming pool, ice rink and a white water centre. Whether you want to get involved or merely spectate, the Millennium Stadium caters to all sporting tastes. If you’re looking to visit around February time, you should definitely go watch the Welsh Rugby Union team take on one of the other home nations during the RBS 6 Nations (can see all fixtures and stats here) and experience one of the best sporting atmospheres in Europe.
Cardiff Bay has become home to the Doctor Who Experience, a treat for young and old alike, offering visitors a rare peek inside the world of the Doctor. Incredible special effects, exclusive filming with Matt Smith and even a replica tardis, this is an unmissable experience. If your science taste buds still haven’t been satisfied however, Techniquest will do the trick. One of the most impressive science and technology museums in Britain, it has more than 160 interactive exhibits. There’s also a planetarium with night-sky demonstrations and science shows that will appeal to all ages.
The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down however. Cardiff boasts a world class entertainment scene which features theatre, opera, ballet, comedy and live music. The iconic Wales Millennium Centre sees performances from the Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The Centre also plays host to big name comedy acts as well up-and-coming Welsh comics. The city is renowned for its live music scene. Whether it’s a jazz gig in one of the city’s many intimate bars, or sell-out shows and performances from international stars, Cardiff has it all. Most airlines provide fairly regular domestic flights to Cardiff – check out detailed flight schedules on the Eastern Airways and Cardiff Airport websites for more information.