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Things to do in Cardiff during your visit

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following information relates to our traditional Open Days that are currently suspended due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Although we cannot welcome you physically on campus, you can still join us for our Virtual Open Days. Our next virtual Open Day is on Saturday 19 September 2020.

Whilst visiting us, if you have some free time be sure to explore the city, where you will find beautiful green spaces, modern shopping centres, indoor markets and our very own castle just a short walk away.

Cathays Park campus is just a ten minute walk from the city centre, so it's easy to get around and explore. Take advantage of the Cardiff University supported Cardiff nextbike for the perfect opportunity to travel around our city.

Cardiff has one of the UK's biggest shopping centres St David's and St David's 2, beautiful Edwardian and Victorian arcades and Cardiff Market, situated in a Victorian building in the city centre.There are also great places to eat a short walk from campus including Pettigrew Tea Rooms (a traditional Welsh tea room based in Bute Park), Wahaca (the Hayes, City Centre), The Potted Pig (High Street, City Centre) and many more.

Cardiff is a thriving and attractive capital city, widely recognised asan outstanding place to live.

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Principality stadium
The Principality stadium is situated in the heart of the city centre.

Alternatively you can catch one of our city tours where you will see Cardiff's magnificent civic buildings (of which the University is a key part), Cardiff Castle and the iconic Principality Stadium (formerly known as the Millennium Stadium).

Wales Millenium Centre and the Pierhead Building on the waterfront at Cardiff Bay.
The Pierhead building and Wales Millenium Centre on the waterfront at Cardiff Bay.

Or see the sights and relax by taking a Cardiff Boat Tour to Cardiff Bay. The bay offers a wealth of cultural attractions including the Wales Millennium Centre, the National Assembly for Wales and the Pierhead Building.

Staying longer than a day?

If you intend extending your visit you may like to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, immerse yourself in history at St Fagan's National History Museum, go white-water rafting or simply enjoy the stunning view from Penarth Pier.