Unique Gifts and Things To Do in CardiffSituated on the southern border of Wales where the River Taff meets the mighty Severn Estuary, Cardiff is a port city with a waterfront to envy. At its peak, the Cardiff Docks were one of the largest dock systems in the world, and the main point of export for the country…although the docks are still in use today, the main point of interest for visitors is Cardiff Bay. This revitalized modern waterfront is home to a vast number of tourist attractions and a visit to the area should be right at the top of your list of things to do in Cardiff!
For people with an interest in Cardiff Bay’s historical and cultural background, a visit to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre on the waterfront is a must do. This quaint little landmark dates back to the Industrial Revolution and was the place of worship for Scandinavian sailors for over a century…literary lovers might even discover a Roald Dahl connection or two. A short stroll from here, along Tardis Walk brings you to Cardiff’s most popular tourist attraction…you guessed it…the Doctor Who Experience. A mecca for Whovians and sci-fi fans alike, this multi-sensory exhibition allows visitors to embark on a journey of discovery through time, space, and behind-the-scenes of one of the BBCs most successful franchises. A great day out for the family, children can take part in an interactive adventure with The Doctor whilst adults marvel at the costumes and props used by their favourite Doctors and his companions.
If you are looking for something a little more thrilling, Cardiff is not short on water sports and activities to try. Whether you choose to discover the beauty of the bay on a high-speed powerboat RIB ride or go all out with a group white water rafting experience at the Cardiff International White Water centre, you are sure to find a water-based adventure to suit all. Or perhaps you’d rather explore from the sky? If so, take to the clouds in one of our Cardiff Helicopter Sightseeing Tours for spectacular views of the bay, including the iconic and beloved landmark - the Wales Millennium Centre – Wale’s home of modern culture, music, and entertainment.
Cardiff is the ideal destination city for holiday-makers looking to let their hair down or shop ‘til they drop. Flanked with limitless designer stores, and independent boutiques, The Hayes is Cardiff’s go-to shopping destination. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice as you wander the scenic streets, from Edwardian and Victorian architectural masterpieces to modern day retail marvels such as St David’s mall. Once the sun goes down, the city centre comes alive with the sound of music, and a night out on the town should definitely be on the cards! Saturday nights see throngs of young partygoers flocking St Mary’s Street and Greyfriar’s Road for a wild night out, whilst those looking for something a little more alternative head to the city’s Castle Corner for a tipple or two.
For many, Cardiff is synonymous with sport, and with a such myriad of sporting venues and facilities to call their own, it is not hard to see why the locals are so passionate. Rugby fans are welcome to take a guided tour of the Principality Stadium, where they can walk down the players tunnel and imagine the mighty roar of 74,000 fans, whilst football fans can visit Cardiff City Stadium, and cricket enthusiasts can attend a match at the SWALEC stadium.
From the historic Cardiff Castle and nearby Castell Coch, to the state-of-the-art Millennium Centre and iconic sporting venues, Cardiff is a city continuously growing in interest and confidence. So whatever your reason for visiting this wonderful waterfront capital, you are sure to find an abundance of things to do or the perfect experience gift idea for a local loved one, here in Cardiff.