Cardiff - a vibrant city

Wales Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre

Lively, elegant, confident, cosmopolitan, Cardiff caters for a variety of tastes, offering everything from the excitement of a vibrant city life to the peace and tranquility of the nearby coast and countryside.

Varied cultural and social life

"Cardiff seems to have it all: grand civic architecture in a breezy waterside location, super-smart city bars and venues just a short hop from lovely countryside."

Guardian University Guide 2016
  • See internationally-renowned opera, dance, theatre and concerts at the Wales Millennium CentreMotorpoint Arena Cardiff and historic New Theatre.
  • Watch an eclectic mix of film, dance and drama at venues such as the Sherman Theatre and Chapter Arts Centre.
  • Expand your learning in the extensive Central Library Hub and the National Museum Cardiff.
  • Experience the unique historical architecture of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch.
  • A wide range of food is available, from traditional Welsh cuisine to a whole host of international restaurants and takeaways.
  • Relax and have fun in the many pubs, clubs and bars around the city. Many venues hold student nights or have special offers with NUS cards.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of Doctor Who, the iconic television programme filmed on location in Cardiff. Some Cardiff University buildings have been used as part of the set, and there is a permanent Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, which houses, amongst other exhibits, actual props and clothes from the popular series.

Quality sport facilities

  • Olympic swimming pool, ice rink (home to the city’s ice-hockey team, the Cardiff Devils), and white water rafting at the International Sports Village, which will also contain Ice Arena Wales and real-snow ski dome.
  • Principality Stadium with 73,000 capacity, home to international rugby and hosts key football matches and large music gigs.
  • Cardiff International Sports Stadium (multi-sport track and field athletics), Cardiff City football stadium (home to Cardiff City Football Club) and Cardiff Arms Park (home to Cardiff Blues Rugby Club).
  • SWALEC Stadium offers first-class cricket, located in the heart of the beautiful Sophia Gardens.
  • Cardiff International Sports Stadium provides international track and field facilities.

Popular shopping location

  • Cardiff offers some of the most varied shopping facilities outside London.
  • The historic covered market and the glass-canopied Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades host a variety of retailers and independent stores.
  • There are large, contemporary shopping centres (including St David’s Centre, one of the largest complexes in the UK) and pedestrianised shopping streets offering a range of shopping from designer names to high street stores.

Opportunities to relax

  • Cardiff Bay, previously the world's largest coal exporting port, is now one of Europe's biggest waterfront developments, with a wealth of leisure activities and places to eat and drink.
  • Cardiff has 330 parks and gardens. They cut across the city, offering a green haven for studying and relaxing.