Things to do in Cardiff

Things to do in Cardiff

Things to do in Cardiff is a section of the website we hope will inspire you to find events and things to do in Cardiff it's all about what the city has to offer. Cardiff has so many events, gigs, pubs, clubs, theatres, venues, shopping facilities, out door atractions, music events going on throughout the year... the list just goes on and on. On our Cardiff events page you will find up to date listings of events happening. The things to do section is more about whats available from everyday life in Cardiff to special occassions. Please feel free to comment on articles about things to do in Cardiff and offer suggestions to others when possible.

Running In The City - Tips And Advice

Running In The City

stretching before running - running tips

Running Tips and Advice

Are you new to running? Or are you still thinking about it? We will look at a few classic running tips to help you get on the road and start pounding pavement.

If you’re still teetering on the edge of the urban racetrack, the simple benefits of running are something you should know about.

There’s something about running that brings an enormous sense of well-being.
Work driving you crazy? Studies have shown that a run of just 20-30 minutes a day can leave you feeling refreshed, energised and de-stressed. The health benefits are huge, keep it up and you will be fitter, stronger and will shed weight.

Now, it’s important both for safety and if you want to improve to consider a few running tips:

Start slow..

First of all, let’s look at the lengths of runs. Ok, you’re not Forest Gump, so don’t start off trying to run 10 kilometres (k) and giving up when you collapse in a red-faced heap. Start slow, you can build yourself up to do the big stuff and it helps massively with progress to say, ok I can do that, let’s do more next time.

Watch where you’re running..

Another thing to consider is where you’re going to run. More specifically, the surfaces you’ll be crossing.  You want to run on grass or packed dirt trails as much as possible, this will put a lot less pressure on your joints and feet. I know cities don’t offer much in the form of wooded glens, but there are plenty of parks and trails if you look for them.

Try to avoid running next to the curb for long, the curvature in most roads will unbalance the muscle use in the legs.

Help your body..

Energy drinks are a great way to replace lost salts on long runs. A less pricey way I use is a 50/50 mix of water and fruit juice with a pinch of salt.

Stitches & Cramps..

Next, we look at the curse of the running people: the stitch. Stitches are caused when lack of blood supply to the diaphragm causes it to cramp. What can you do? 

Well, to prevent this annoying pain, try not to eat just before going for a run and remember to warm up properly.

If you’re mid-run when the stitch appears, apply pressure to the part that hurts and just keep going to “run out” the stitch.

Adding weights?..

Lastly, we’ve all seen the runners who attach weights to their arms and legs to get a more “hardcore” running fix. I don’t suggest doing this right away, you need to get used to the way your body moves first. If you are dead set on it, see a trainer first. Otherwise you can strain muscles and ruin your posture.


Nothing left to do now but get out there and get going!




Last Updated on Sunday, 26 August 2012 22:21

Places to go in Cardiff if you like live music!

Places to go in Cardiff... if you like live music!

Cardiff live music venues

Clwb ifor Bach / the Welsh Club

Located opposite the Castle entrance down what could be mistaken at first for a lane, is the Welsh club on Womanby Street. The club has been about since 1983 and has hosted many famous up and coming live acts in its past. The Welsh club continues to have live bands very regularly with performances of live music held over the multitude of the club's stages There are also regular themed music nights on a week-to-week basis, during which one of the club's floors may be given over to a particular musical genre for an evening. The range of music played is very wide, and includes reggae,folk, hip-hop, pop, rock, dubstep, drum and bass, house, electro, Welsh and more.

Check out the current the Welsh Club venue details and listings.

Cardiff Arts Institute

Situated near Cardiff Uni's student union and the main building on park place, Cardiff Arts has gained a great reputation for the bands it hosts. You can find all sorts of bands playing here throughout the week.

Check out the current Cardiff Arts Institute venue details and listings.


Gwdihw (Goody Hoo) is a cafe bar just off Churchill Way in the centre of Cardiff.

You can look forward to a warm welcome in a relaxed and friendly environment when you visit us.

Come and enjoy a carefully chosen range of good quality, wholesome food, made fresh on the premises. In line with our ethos, our excellent coffee is rainforest alliance not to mention damn tasty!

Or, if it’s something harder you’re after, we’ve everything from lager to cocktails to whet your whistle…

Check out the current Gwdihw venue details and listings.

Millennium Stadium

The largest venue Cardiff has to offer and host to many internationally famous bands. The Millennium Stadium hosts some of the finest "stadium" capacity pulling artists.

What they say: "Since opening in June 1999, the Millennium Stadium has welcomed, on average, over 1.3 million visitors per year. Sporting the first fully-retractable roof in the UK, the venue is at the leading edge as a multi-purpose, multi-faceted event venue.

The Millennium Stadium boasts a UEFA 5-Star rating and has hosted matches from two Rugby World Cups including the Final in 1999, witnessed two Wales Grand Slam successes in the RBS Six Nations, staged six showpiece FA Cup Finals plus hosted the major artists of the music business with a plethora of major concerts and motorsports events on its CV.

The installation of a partition drape system in July 2005 now means that the bowl of the Millennium Stadium can be used for multiple concert mode configurations and for staging exhibitions. Millennium Stadium will also play its part in the London 2012 Olympics as a host venue for the football competition.

The Millennium Stadium is established as a world class must play, must visit venue and has played home to five major sporting bodies over the last eight years."

Check out the current Millennium Stadium venue details and listings.

Ten Feet tall

After the success of Buffalo on Windsor Place, Beatbox Bars Ltd have enlisted the help of Lee Broom, of award-wining London based design firm Makilee to design their second venue. 10 Feet Tall is a new 3 storey independent café bar and live music space. Victoriana velour lampshades, deep leather sofas, chandeliers fit for the czars, travelling trunks filled to the brim with exotic and wonderful specialist spirits, oversized vintage mirrors, doors that lead to no-where, .... May sees the launch of the brand new Spring/Summer Cocktail and Food Menus. ..and for the record: We Do Do Bands...

Check out the current Ten Feet tall venue details and listings.


Bogiez is Cardiff's Ultimate Rock, Metal & Alternative Bar and Nightclub! If you're looking for a night out which rocks hard, has an electric atmosphere and some of the most awesome customers any rock, metal and alternative night could have then you've definitely come to the right place.

Launched in its new venue on Saturday April 9th 2011, Bogiez will be offering South Wales a true 100% ass-kicking rock venue, something it has craved, and deserved, for a very long time!

Bands here tend to have a Metal, rock, punk or alternative theme with lots of cover bands as well as local talent on show.

Check out the current Bogiez venue details and listings.

The Livelounge

A stylish & sophisticated Live Music bar offering great music, drinks and athmosphere. The Live Lounge boasts to be the perfect venue for all - whether you are looking for a intimate dining experience with your partner, to chill out with colleagues after a hard day at work, chat & watch the live music with your mates or party on through untill 4am, we have it all!

Check out the current Live Lounge venue details and listings.

Cafe Jazz

A Jazz Cafe situated on St. Mary's street. It’s a relatively small venue with a restaurant in the back that plays host to some very famous and popular jazz artists.

Check out the current Cafe Jazz venue details and listings.

Buffalo Bar

A great music venue which often hosts live bands upstairs, Buffalo is constantly busy and can be open untill the early hours of 4am.

Check out the current Buffalo Bar venue details and listings.


Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2012 17:17

Things to do in Cardiff when its cold outside...

Running to your local tanning salon is not going to fool anybody in this weather and nor does everyone fancy staying in wrapped up in a duvet all day for winter. So here are some suggestions of things to do in Cardiff to keep you all warm and dry whilst getting out the house.

  • Coffee shops
  • Restaurants
  • Cinema
  • Bowling
  • Theatre
  • Museum
  • Find a pub with a nice fireplace!

and we've even started a map here to help you along...

Here's a neat little Cardiff map highlighting the main Open Fire Pubs in Cardiff.

View Pubs with Open Fires in Cardiff by What's on in Cardiff? in a larger map

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 17:41

Things to do in Cardiff...if you're a tourist!

  • Cardiff Museum - ‘Discover art, archaeology and the geological evolution of Wales. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!’ National Museum Wales, Cardiff
  • St Fagans - museum of Welsh life. Great family day out attraction.
  • Millennium stadium just to see if not for a sports match, it really is quite an impressive structure just on its own and always has a fantastic atmosphere during events.
  • Cardiff Castle.
  • St Davids and St Davids 2 shopping centres including John Lewis.
  • Cardiff Bay for the farmers market every Sunday, the boat trips or views of the harbour and the Wales Millennium Centre.
  • Taf trail cycling route which runs all the way to the Brecon Beacons for those who like a challenge.
  • Cardiff International Arena for some of the best Welsh and international talent in Cardiff.
  • Sample eating Welsh cakes, Bara brith, Glamorgan sausages...welsh lamb

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 17:41

10 Things to do in the rain

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  1. Cardiff Museum - ‘Discover art, archaeology and the geological evolution of Wales. With a busy programme of exhibitions and events, we have something to amaze everyone, whatever your interest – and admission is free!’ National Museum Wales, Cardiff
  2. Theatre - Cardiff is home to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) as well as the Welsh National Opera (WNO), and has many theatre venues situated throughout the city.
  3. Dr Who exhibition in Cardiff Bay - Doctor Who Up Close Exhibition Cardiff Bay
  4. Restaurants - Far too many to mention in such a short space. Cardiff has restaurants throughout the city to cater for everyone’s tastes! From the Hard Rock Cafe to Turkish, Welsh, Greek Italian.... the list simply goes on and on.
  5. Bowling - Hollywood bowl Cardiff, Red Dragon Centre
  6. Live music - Map of Cardiff live music venues
  7. Cinema - Map of Cardiff Cinema's
  8. Shopping centres - Cardiff's shopping venues map
  9. Pools Cardiff International Pool
  10. White Water Rafting - An artificial White Water Rapids facility in the Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is situated at International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay. (well lets face it if your going to get wet, your going to get wet! lets just do it in style!) Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) Opening / Cardiff Whitewater Rafting Videos

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 February 2014 09:37

Things to do in Cardiff...on your stag weekend

There are a bunch of websites offering packages for stag weekends, some of them cheap and cheerful and a plenty not quite so. Not all of the list below can be done within the city centre but are usually available on the outskirts of Cardiff or there are packages available to help you travel in groups and get accommodated as not all hotels will cater for stag parties. So weather you're planning a package deal or relying on your best man to plan the stag weekend in Cardiff, here are some suggestions for things to do in Cardiff...on a stag weekend!

  1. Paintball
  2. Comedy Club
  3. Quad Bike
  4. Archery
  5. Indoor Karting
  6. White Water Rafting
  7. Canyoning
  8. Casino
  9. VIP Lap Dancing / Strip Clubs
  10. Sea Fishing Day
  11. Horse Racing! (ok this is available on a package and includes travel to and from Chepstow)
  12. Nightclub Entry
  13. Cardiff Bay Party Boat
  14. Gorge Scrambling
  15. Canyoning
  16. Clay Pigeon Shooting
  17. Golf Day
  18. Guest List Passes to anything and everything!

No references were included because we're not trying to endorse one company over another and haven't done any reviews but a quick search in the search engines will give you lots of options and plenty of different companies offering party planning services.

Got any more suggestions for things to do in Cardiff on a stag weekend? put them in the comments below...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 17:40

Things to do in Cardiff A-Z

Things to do in Cardiff

Things to do in Cardiff... A-Z

 A - Aquabus
“Aquabus provides a uniquely identifiable fleet of vessels from luxury vessels to waterbuses with full design, construction and operation management from it’s highly qualified and experienced naval experts.” (

B - Blues
Cardiff Blues (Welsh: Gleision Caerdydd) are one of the four professional Welsh regional rugby union teams. Based in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, the team have played at Cardiff City Stadium since the start of the 2009/2010 season and are owned by Cardiff Rugby Football Club. (wikipedia)

C - Castle
Certainly one of the most prominent features to be seen in Cardiff are the Castle walls and gargoyles! “Cardiff Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerdydd) is a medieval castle and Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort in Cardiff, the capital of Wales.” (wikipedia)

D - Devils
The Cardiff Devils are a Welsh ice hockey club from Cardiff who are members of the Elite Ice Hockey League. (wikipedia)

E - Exhibitions
Cardiff has a good variety of exhibitions, once of the most famous being the now permanent Dr Who Exhibition hosted in Cardiff Bay at The Red Dragon Centre.

F - Freecycle
The Cardiff Freecycle group is open to all who want to recycle that special something rather than throw it away. Whether it's a chair, a fax machine, a piano, or an old door, feel free to post it. Or maybe you're looking to acquire something yourself! – They have one simple rule – everything must be free!

G - Golf
Cardiff has a few Golf courses, the main one being:Cardiff Golf Club (founded 1922) opened the first 18 hole golf course in Cardiff in 1923, in Cyncoed. The course is 6,099 yards (5,577 m), well bunkered, and set in parkland. A new clubhouse was completed in 1998 (wikipedia)

H - Hotels
As you might well imagine, Cardiff has a good variety of hotels, hostels and other accommodation to cater for the huge influxes of tourism we see due to venues such as the Millenium  Stadium and Cardiff International Arena. Everything from the Marriot and the Hilton to your local backpackers are available in the city centre.

I - International pool
Built to support the London 2012 Olympics as a training facility, the Cardiff International pool is a sport facility located in the Cardiff International Sports Village in Cardiff.

J - John Lewis
John Lewis Cardiff, on the corner of The Hayes and St David's Shopping Centre, is Cardiff's premier department store, offering 4 floors of the best in fashion, home and technology, plus free delivery. (

K - Karting
TeamSport Karting Cardiff is a mind blowing and challenging track and we have put our heart and sole into making this one of our flagship karting tracks for Wales. An incredible combination of challenging hairpins and sweeping wide bends and a couple of slippy corners, ensure that driver skills are at a premium. With loads of overtaking opportunities and state of the art timing systems, your visit to TeamSport Cardiff will be a karting experience you will never forget – and it will keep you wanting to come back for more.”  (

L - Library
Located on The Hayes opposite the St. David's 2 development, Cardiff Central Library has 6 floors and houses over 90,000 books (10,000 in welsh).

M - Markets

Cardiff has a few farmers markets which are very popular with locals and the tourists that hunt them out, try visit Riverside Market on Sunday and taste a gorgeous Crepe or Galette from La Creperie de Sophie.

Millennium centre
The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm) is the national stadium of Wales, located in the capital, Cardiff. It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and the Wales national football team but is also host to many other large scale events, such as the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain, boxing and many music concerts, including Tina Turner, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, U2, Stereophonics and the Tsunami Relief concert. It was built ready for Cardiff to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup.(wikipedia)

N - Nightlife
Cardiff has a fantastic and varied nightlife available, catering very well for students, stag and hen weekends, many cultural events, live music of all sorts, dancing, music food... everything you would expect from a capital city.

O - Odeon
Cardiff has a few good cinemas including the ODEON Cardiff IMAX Cinema located at The Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay.

P - Pubs
Cardiff has a very good array of pubs scattered throughout the city, many catering for students in the student areas, to the more “classy” venues in Cardiff Bay. The city centre has a good mix with plenty going on throughout the week and offering many different attractions from cheap drink offers to live bands and great beer gardens.

Q - Quad biking
Heading just out of Cardiff you canExperience the thrill and challenge of Quad Biking, negotiating a 250cc or 90cc Honda all-terrain vehicle trekking through our cross-country nature trail whilst enjoying some of the best views of the Taff and Rhymney Valley's in South Wales.” (

R - Restaurants
Cardiff has restaurants throughout the city to cater for everyone’s tastes! From the Hard Rock Cafe to Turkish, Welsh, Greek Italian.... the list simply goes on and on.

S - Shopping centres
“The majority of Cardiff's shopping portfolio is in the city centre around Queen Street and St. Mary's Street, with large suburban retail parks located in Cardiff Bay, Culverhouse Cross, Leckwith, Newport Road and Pontprennau, together with markets in the city centre and Splott... Cardiff is sixth best city in the United Kingdom for shopping, according to a poll in November 2009, surpassing other cities such as Bristol, Leeds, Edinburgh and Newcastle upon Tyne.” (wikipedia)

T - Theatre
Cardiff is home to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD) as well as the Welsh National Opera (WNO), and has many theatre venues situated throughout the city.

U - University
One of the most prominent features of Cardiff is the universities and the amount of students in the city centre. Some facts about Cardiff University you may not have known:

  • With just over 27,000 students and 6,000 staff, the Cardiff University academic community is the size of a small town.
  • It is a community with an annual turnover of £416 million.
  • Research is undertaken in each of the 28 Schools, and at any one time there are more than 1,400 research contracts in operation.
  • The University has over 5,000 study bedrooms in 14 residences.
  • Some 7,800 students graduate each year. (

V - Varsity
Cardiff has two Varsity bars which are very student orientated. They have a ‘VCard’ loyalty system which entitles you to certain drinks promotions and have different interactive events such as karaoke and pub quizzes and even battle of the bands happening on frequent occasions.

W - White Water Rafting
An artificial White Water Rapids facility in the Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is situated at International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay.

X - X91
The Cardiff X91 is actually the bus running to Cardiff Airport but as there are so few things that start with ‘X’, we’ll just let you know that there is adequate bus travel around the city centre, to the bay and surrounding areas. The major cities such as London and Swansea are all also not too far in distance to travel by coach.

Y - Yacht club
Cardiff Yacht Club in Cardiff Bay is the base for Cardiff City Rowing Club. They have “easy access to mile after mile of flat water, including the Rivers Ely and Taff – with access to the stretch of water up to Sophia Gardens, past Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium – back to the whole of Cardiff Bay and the club's multilane rowing course there.” (wikipedia)

Z - Zero degrees
Zero degrees are a micro-brewery and restaurant situated just opposite the Millennium Stadium on Westgate Street.


Last Updated on Monday, 10 February 2014 02:28