Cardiff, Wales is yet another city where some for the ICC World Cup 2019 matches are being held. It is the capital of Wales and the base for most national cultural institutions and Welsh media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales.
While watching the match at Sophia Gardens is a given, there is much more you can do in Cardiff. The city is full of cultural, historic and artistic wonders. Here are some of the must-do activities in Cardiff when you are in the city for an ICC World Cup 2019 match!
The Cardiff Bay is the city’s most popular attraction and Europe’s largest waterfront development. The area is home to a number of places that you can visit such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre ideal for all the family, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millennium Centre. A number of boat tours operate from Mermaid Quay, which allows you to gain an understanding of the history and fauna of this exciting and upcoming area. There is also a water taxi service which operates throughout the year from the Bay to the city centre and Penarth (small town, 4 miles southwest of Cardiff city centre).
Wales Millennium Centre
From musical theatre and comedy to dance, cabaret and an international festival, Wales Millennium Centre is the place to be if you want to experience creativity at its best. It’s a world in its own with a number of events lined for people to enjoy. There are a number of pubs and bars located within the centre where you can enjoy some downtime and decide what next to enjoy. You can participate in a dance workshop, laugh out loud at a stand-up comedy event or get mesmerised at an opera show.
Perhaps the first thing you will notice in Cardiff is the number of castles and forts the city is home to. Cardiff Castle is a great stone fortress that has watched over Cardiff since the eleventh century and was built on foundations that date from the year 50 AD. Purchase a ticket and explore the many attractions such as the Battlement Walk, a Norman keep and bomb shelters, etc. within the building. Spending a little extra can get you access to the extravagant rooftop garden, among other private rooms.
Cardiff National Museum
The Cardiff National Museum has collections of archaeology, botany, fine and applied art, geology, and zoology. Situated right next to the Cathays Park, the museum houses a huge collection of contemporary art, natural history and the most amazing Evolution of Wales Galleries. You can also travel back in time through the country’s history (all the way back, in fact, from dinosaurs to the Big Bang). Entry is free!
The Taff Trail
This one is for those who are in search of an adventure or want to know more about what else makes Cardiff so special apart from the cultural treasures. The Taff Trail is so named because it follows the course of the River Taff. You can walk and/or cycle along the trail but it is not exactly something that you can complete in a day. It requires 2-3 days so make sure to plan your trip accordingly. Starting off at the Starting at the Roald Dahl Plass in Cardiff Bay, the Taff Trail is a 50+ mile (80kms) trail that leads all the way to the from the city and into Brecon Beacons National Park.