As Cardiff’s iconic Millennium Stadium is hosting eight of the Rugby World Cup matches, we take a look at the historic city’s top attractions. Discover one of the best hotels, where to find a unique place to eat and where to shop for a perfect getaway in Cardiff, whether it’s for an overnight stay, a long weekend or a week-long trip.
Visit Cardiff Castle
Located in the city centre, Cardiff Castle is an unmissable attraction. Originally dating back to Roman times, the castle was transformed in 1866 and features interiors complete with stained glass, marble and wood carvings as well as the remains of a Roman wall. For the ultimate Victorian Gothic fantasy, take one of the many specialist tours, where you can go behind the scenes and visit the opulent house and rooftop gardens.
Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB, +44 (0)29 2087 8100
Wine and dine at the Owain Glyndwr
A pub, restaurant and entertainment bar, the Owain Glyndwr is a highlight in the Welsh capital. Just 200 metres from the Millennium Stadium and close to Cardiff Castle, it couldn’t be a more perfect spot for a drink, a meal or live entertainment. The venue has two floors and eight wide-screen TVs, giving you the best seats in the house for every match to come.
The Owain Glyndwr, 10 St John’s Street, Cardiff CF10 1GL, +44 (0)29 2022 1980
Try the Beer and Deer special at Pieminister
If you’re ever in need of a hearty meal, Pieminister is a good spot to try. The restaurant has just introduced a hot Beer and Deer pie made with wild British venison, smoked bacon, beans and scotch bonnet chillies, slow-cooked in BrewDog’s Dead Pony Club ale. This wholesome pie is sure to go down well with rugby fans before and after a game. If you’re up for the challenge, try the Beast – a stack of two Beer and Deer pies with spicy toppings – for the chance to win a pie feast and beers for the World Cup final for you and eight friends.
Pieminister, 35 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD, +44 (0)29 2000 4155
Enjoy a waterside stay at St David’s Hotel & Spa
As Cardiff’s one and only five-star hotel, the St David’s Hotel & Spa is the most luxurious place to stay in the city. The hotel has stunning views over Cardiff Bay, the Marine Spa and a fine-dining restaurant featuring locally sourced Welsh produce. When it comes to luxury, this hotel has it in abundance. With the added bonus of free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, including all rooms, you’ll never want to leave.
St. David’s Hotel & Spa, Havannah Street, Cardiff CF10 5SD, +44 (0)29 2045 4045
Shop in the St David’s Dewi Sant shopping centre
A short walk from Cardiff Castle, and connected to the smaller Queens Arcade, the St David’s Dewi Sant shopping centre is a retail destination for the whole family. Find everything under one roof, from independent fashion and accessories to department stores, restaurants & bars. The centre boasts prestigious designers such as Vivienne Westwood, major brands including The North Face® and high-street favourites such as H&M, River Island and New Look. With three department stores, including Debenhams and John Lewis, the St David’s Dewi Sant shopping centre is the perfect place to shop in Cardiff.
St David’s Dewi Sant, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AH, +44 (0)29 2036 7600