The capital of Wales offers a range of entertainment venues and historic buildings, also a very popular shopping experience with modern indoor malls to Victorian arcades with boutique shops. The Riverside Farmers Market is held every Sunday by the Millennium Stadium and is ideal for picking up fresh local produce and gifts. The landscaped gardens at Bute Park have a woodland play trail and plenty of wildlife walks to choose from. Other nice gardens to visit include Roath Park and Cathays Park.
The open air St Fagans History Museum is worth a visit, with fascinating collections depicting the culture and architecture of the area. There are scheduled events such as ghost walks and battle re-enactments. A short drive from the city is the gothic castle of Castell Coch, and just down the coast are Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and a living history medieval village.
The education centre at Techniquest is a fantastic way to spend a rainy day, full of interactive science exhibits and play equipment. The International White Water centre has an indoor surf machine and outdoor rapids for rafting which is an exciting family friendly experience. A must see if Cardiff Castle, explore the battlements, Norman keep and wartime shelters. Guided tours are available of the lavish castle apartments and the medieval Banquet Hall. From the Clock Tower are views out across the city. The Chapter Arts Centre hosts a variety of art, film and drama performances. The Doctor Who Experience is a great day out for fans of the cult show.