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Croeso i Gaerdydd ... Welcome to Cardiff

We're immensely proud to be based in the capital city of Wales. By attending Cardiff University, you get a valuable chance to experience the rich culture that Wales has to offer.

Cardiff has lots to keep you busy when you need a break from studying.There's plenty of activities, art, culture and great shopping opportunities to fill up your spare time so make sure you make the most of your years here.


St David’s shopping centre has over 1.4 million square feet of shops, restaurants and cafes. Cardiff also has Edwardian and Victorian arcades offering unique and interesting shops, cafes and boutiques.

Cardiff Market has been trading since the 1700s and is housed in an impressive Victorian structure. You’ll find a vast array of stalls and local Cardiff characters! Roath and Riverside Markets run on a Saturday and Sunday, and are great for cost effective, organic veg and meat.

Find out more: www.riversidemarket.org.uk

For independent shops, you will find a unique shopping experience at the Cardiff Fashion Quarter.  The former cinema is home to over 20 independent traders offering a mixture of vintage clothing and specialist boutiques.

Great Days Out

Cardiff Castle: If you live or work in Cardiff you can apply for a Castle Key for free admission.  Check here for more information.

Cardiff International White Water: white water rafting, gorge scrambling, kayaking and canoeing

Barry Island a fine stretch of beach, amusement arcades, shops, and its own theme park! Train info here.

Cardiff International Pool: an Olympic-sized pool for the serious swimmers plus a great leisure pool with slides, flumes and a lazy river. 

Delta Force Paint balling: located just outside Cardiff. Ask for discounts if you’re taking a decent sized group. 

TeamSport Go Karting: an indoor track with an awesome combination of challenging hairpins and sweeping wide bends. 

Millennium Stadium Tours: walk in the footsteps of sporting greats like Ryan Giggs, and music legends including Madonna, Oasis, and Take That. 

The Brecon Beacons: The Brecon Beacons are not too far from Cardiff and offer incredible natural beauty, a wonderful place to spend a dry Saturday or Sunday when you are in need of a break from the city!

Fancy some culture?

Cardiff is the undisputed cultural capital of Wales and, as a European Capital of Culture Finalist in 2008, can claim to be one of the cultural centres of Europe too.

In recent years, small galleries have cropped up across the city, showcasing new, upcoming talent from the art world, as well as attracting some well known names.

Museums & Galleries

Cardiff National Museum

Third Floor Gallery

Norwegian Church

Turner House Gallery


Sherman Theatre (located just next door to the Students' Union)

Millennium Centre

New Theatre

Chapter Arts Centre

Find Out More

Visit Cardiff website