Where to visit in Cardiff
Cardiff has a wealth of art galleries, as well as many other tourist attractions including its magical city centre castle, making the city a great place to visit.
National Museum of Wales
Cardiff CF10 3NP
029 2039 7951
Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today it houses Wales’s national archaeology, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions and a fabulous collection of artwork including a large collection of post-impressionists. Cardiff school of Art and Design works closely with the Museum and course often make the most its collection.
Makers Guild in Wales
Craft in the Bay
Lloyd George Avenue
029 2048 4611
A unique Victorian dockside building houses Craft in the Bay, the home of the Makers Guild in Wales. Showcasing and selling fine contemporary craft, the Gallery, in the centre of Cardiff Bay, includes a retail area, exhibition space, workshops and Kemi’s delicious café.
Oriel Washington Gallery
1-3 Washington Buildings
Vale of Glamorgan
029 2071 2100
As a not for profit organisation and registered charity, managed by Penarth Arts & Crafts Ltd, the Gallery strives to support and pro-actively promote Wales based contemporary art to all groups in the community through its constantly changing and stimulating free admission exhibitions. The Gallery also shows an extensive choice of exclusive jewellery, ceramics, glassware and textiles by local and national designers.
Penarth CF64 3DM
The gallery looks at photographic practice in the broadest sense, and initiates exhibitions that focus on documentary as well as more expansive uses of photography that may involve the use of projection, digital and other lens-based forms.
54 Bute Street
Cardiff CF10 5AF
BayArt promotes major exhibitions by Welsh and international artists in an environment and climate that is conducive to accessibility and inclusivity.
8 Museum Place
Cardiff CF10 3BG
The Kooywood Gallery lies in the shadows of the National Museum and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, in the heart of the capital’s cultural quarter. Established in November 2004, it showcases the very best of established and emerging Welsh artists; mixing regular solo and group exhibitions with a revolving display of new paintings, sculptures, ceramics and limited edition prints and lithographs.
Cardiff CF24 3DT
029 2047 3633
G39 is an artist-run gallery in the centre of Cardiff, Wales’ capital city. The organisation recently relocated from a narrow three storey building where it originated, to an expansive warehouse. The gallery curates between six and eight exhibitions per year and often hosts events in the interim weeks. In addition to the gallery programme, g39 also works in offsite locations for individual projects. The organisation also runs Wales Artist Resource Programme – WARP – an open-access resource and training space for artists.
Chapter Arts Centre
Art, theatre, films, food – the perfect place to spend an evening or an afternoon in great company.
Howard Gardens Gallery
Cardiff School of Art and Design
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff CF10 0SP
Cardiff School of Art & Design’s very own art gallery that stages shows by local, national and international artists throughout the year as well as hosting the School’s annual degree show.
St David’s Hall
Cardiff CF10 1AH
Home to the annual Welsh Proms Cardiff, the world-class Orchestral Concert Series featuring the world’s top orchestras, soloists and conductors and the famous bi-annual BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, St David’s Hall presents a multitude of live entertainment, including pop, rock, folk, jazz, rhythm and blues, comedy, children’s shows, lunchtime concerts, musicals, light entertainment, dance, world music, films and classical music. St David’s Hall also hosts a range of art and craft exhibitions including the Welsh Artists of the Year show each summer.
St Fagans: National History Museum, St Fagans
Cardiff CF5 6XB
St Fagans is one of Europe’s leading open–air museums and Wales’s most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle, a late 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. During the last fifty years over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland, among them houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen’s Institute. Traditional crafts and activities bring St Fagans alive, in workshops where craftsmen still demonstrate their traditional skills. Their produce is usually on sale. There are also galleries with exhibitions of costume, daily life and farming implements.
Wales Millennium Centre
Cardiff CF10 5AL
The huge ‘armadillo’ of a building is actually an arts centre hosting opera, concerts, ballets and musicals all year round, as well as regular art exhibitions and community events along with free events daily in the foyer. Gwyneth Lewis wrote the monumental inscription that graces the front of the Centre. Each letter is six-foot tall and formed of stained glass, set in glass-reinforced gypsum. There are inscriptions in Welsh and English:
‘In these Stones Horizons Sing’ and ‘Creu Gw ir fel Gwydr o Ffwrnais Awen’ (translation: ‘Creating truth like glass from inspiration’s furnace’).
029 2087 8100
During 2000 years of history, the Castle has been a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and in Victorian times was transformed into a neo gothic fairytale fantasy by architect William Burges. The Nursery features a frieze illustrating fairy tales from the Victorian period.
St David’s 2 Shopping Centre
The new St David’s 2 Shopping Centre incorporates the largest John Lewis Partnership store outside of London and dominates the southern part of the city centre.
Cardiff Bay offers a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as spectacular walks across the Cardiff bay Barrage.
Norwegian Church Arts Centre
Cardiff CF10 4PA
029 2087 7959
Roald Dahl Connection On the 13th of September 1916 was born of Norwegian parents in Fairwater Road in Llandaff, Cardiff. His father Harold, from Oslo, co-founded the successful partnership of the ship-broking company Andnessen & Dahl in Cardiff from 1880. Dahl became famous for his children’s books including Charlie and the Chocolate factory and James and the Giant Peach. He also wrote adult horror stories and film scripts, these stories gained in popularity particularly when they were adapted for television.
Roald Dahl spent his early childhood and school days in Cardiff where his family worshipped at the Norwegian Church when it was in its original located in the Cardiff Docks. In fact both Dahl & his sisters were christened at the Church.
In 1987 the Norwegian Church Preservation Trust was established to rescue the then derelict little white church and to raise funds to re-erect this landmark building at the heart of the regenerated docklands. Roald Dahl became its first appointed president; however he sadly died in 1990 before the reconstruction of the Church was completed.
In order to honour the famous first president the annual Roald Dahl birthday party is held for children within the Church every September. This is a successful event which is sponsored by local companies and keeps the legacy of the great author alive.
Dr Who trail
As you walk around the city you’ll find many streets and sights familiar as they’ve featured so heavily in Dr Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures so keep your eyes peeled for places such as The Coal Exchange, Mount Stuart Square (Combat, Blink, Voyage of the Damned, Planet of the Dead, Children of Earth) , Cardiff Bay barrage (Ghost Machine, Adrift) , St David’s Hotel (Ghost Machine, Countryside, Out Of Time) and The Waterguard Pub (Runaway Bride, Adam) as well as the Watertower which marks Torchwoods HQ in Roald Dahl Plass, The Senedd Building (The Lazarus Experiment) and City Hall, Cathays Park (Greeks Bearing Gifts) and National Museum of Wales (Random Shoes, Planet of the Dead, The Lazarus Experiment).
As well as seeing the Dr Who exhibition at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay, you can spot locations where Dr Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures were filmed across the Bay and the city.