Cardiff – What to See and Do

Cardiff Big Weekend

Cardiff Big Weekend

From the annual Cardiff Big Weekend – a free three-day summer festival with live music, stalls and fairground rides – to the Welsh University Boat Race which comes to Cardiff every two years, a variety of events give the the city a great atmoshphere and are sure to capture your imagination. The city comes alive for music performances and sporting events, and its events and festivals fill every month so you’ll be sure to find something to do on your visit.

Read our guide to things to do in Cardiff, and schedule your visit to coincide with your favourite event. Whether you like live shows, workshops, stalls or demonstrations, you’re sure to find Cardiff accommodation that puts you at the heart of the action.



Vibrant and lively, Cardiff is a city that’s never short of things to do. Annual events and festivals are guaranteed to draw in the crowds, and in any month the city’s entertainment venues host live shows and performances that attract visitors from all over the world.

Cardiff hosts a Children’s Literature Festival, the Welsh Proms and the Sparks in the Park annual fireworks event, which is the biggest and best in Wales, as well as St. David’s Day Parade which brings the whole country together and offers tourists the chance to soak up the Welsh atmosphere.

Schedule your visit between mid-November and early January, and enjoy Cardiff as a Winter Wonderland. Fairground rides and an open-air ice rink let you get into the festive spirit, and Cardiff has a bright and busy traditional Christmas market a well as spectacular New Year celebrations. Use our site to find out more about the festivals and events happening in Cardiff, and to find accommodation for your visit to the capital. Whether you’re visiting to sample the city’s food and drink, to enjoy the attractions, to celebrate an occasion or to enjoy a lengthy shopping trip, you’ll find Cardiff places to stay that completely suit your needs.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.