Architectural Jewels of Cardiff, Cardiff

Old and new architecture beautifully combine together to create that unique and vibrant landscape of Cardiff. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the city's most prominent landmark buildings such as the University building, City Hall, Millennium Stadium and many others.
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Architectural Jewels of Cardiff Map

Guide Name: Architectural Jewels of Cardiff
Guide Location: Wales » Cardiff (See other walking tours in Cardiff)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: Nick
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Cardiff University

1) Cardiff University

Cardiff University is a research university located in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff. It received its Royal charter in 1883 and is a member of the Russell Group of Universities. The university is consistently recognised as providing high quality research-based university education in Wales. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, almost 60 per cent of all research at Cardiff University was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent – 4 and 3 the top two categories of...   view more
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City Hall

2) City Hall (must see)

City Hall is a civic building in Cathays Park, Cardiff. Built of Portland stone, it became the fifth building to serve as Cardiff's centre of local government when it opened in October 1906. The competition to design a town hall and adjacent law courts for Cardiff was won in 1897 by the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. Construction was carried out by local builders, E. Turner and Sons. Cardiff received its city charter while construction was underway, in 1905. The building is an...   view more
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Cardiff Castle

3) Cardiff Castle (must see)

Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort in the Castle Quarter of Cardiff. In 1947, the Bute South Wales estates having all been sold, the castle, and surrounding park, was gifted to the City of Cardiff by the fifth Marquis. It is now a popular tourist attraction, and houses a regimental museum in addition to the ruins of the old castle and the Victorian reconstruction. It sits in the expansive...   view more
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Millennium Stadium

4) Millennium Stadium (must see)

The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales, located in Cardiff. It is the home of the Wales national rugby union team and also frequently stages games of 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...   view more
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The Old Library

5) The Old Library (must see)

The Old Library is located at the northern end of The Hayes. Declared a public holiday, it was opened on 31 May 1882 by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Alfred Thomas as the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art, which included an art gallery. A competition was held to choose a design for the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art. The winning design was by architects James, Seward and Thomas, erected for just over £9,000. The Schools of Science and Art...   view more
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Central Library

6) Central Library

Cardiff Central Library is the main library in the city centre of Cardiff. Four buildings have been named as such, with the newest building opening on 14 March 2009 and officially being opened a few months later on 18 June 2009 by the Manic Street Preachers. The first Cardiff library was opened in 1861 as the Cardiff Free Library, later expanded and known as the Cardiff Free Library, Museum and Schools for Science and Art.The present day Central Library building is located on The Hayes, cornered...   view more
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St. Mary's Church

7) St. Mary's Church

St. Mary the Virgin Church is a deconsecrated and ruined church in the parish of Caerau with Ely, Cardiff. It was built in the thirteenth century and closed for the last time in 1973. The ruins of St. Mary’s Church stand on the site of a Celtic hill fort on a natural plateau at the Caerau end of a hill range extending from Leckwith to Caerau.

The church is first mentioned in the Taxatio Ecclesiasticus of Pope Nicholas IV in 1291 and was probably built in 1260. Since then it has undergone...   view more
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The Coal Exchange

8) The Coal Exchange (must see)

The Coal Exchange is a live music venue in Cardiff, originally used a market floor for trading in coal. Situated in Cardiff Bay, near The Point, it is used extensively for live music and other events on the Cardiff music scene. It has a capacity of 1,000. Before the Coal Exchange was built in Mount Stuart Square, the area was a residential square with a central garden. It was taken over by commerce as the city grew in prosperity. Coal merchants used to chalk up the changing prices of coal on...   view more
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Pierhead Building

9) Pierhead Building

The Pierhead Building stands as one of the city of Cardiff's most familiar landmarks and was built in 1897 as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company. The clock on the building is unofficially known as the "Baby Big Ben" or the "Big Ben of Wales", and also serves as a Welsh history museum. The Pierhead Building is part of the estate of the National Assembly for Wales, which also includes the Senedd and Ty Hywel. It was a replacement for the headquarters of the Bute...   view more
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Senedd

10) Senedd (must see)

The Senedd, also known as the National Assembly building, houses the debating chamber and three committee rooms for the National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff. The 5,308 square metres Senedd building was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 1 March 2006 and the total cost was £69.6 million. The Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers won an international architectural design competition to design the building. It was designed to be sustainable with use of renewable technologies and be energy...   view more
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Walking Tours in Cardiff, Wales

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cardiff is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour Around Cathays Park

Walking Tour Around Cathays Park

Cathays Park, also known as Cardiff Civic Centre, is the core of the Welsh Capital city. Central park area of Alexandra Gardens park is surrounded by late 19th century's stunning construction including Cardiff City Hall, Temple of Peace, Cardiff University and National Museum of Wales. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beloved landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Cardiff Daily Life Tour

Cardiff Daily Life Tour

Cardiff is a vibrant and diverse city with a strong British tradition and community feel. Take this self-guided walking tour to feel the local lifestyle and explore the city's most frequently visited places such as Central Market, Queen Street and Gorsedd Gardens.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The capital of Wales Cardiff is an exciting tourist destination, rich in historic sights and places to visit. The city center and Cardiff Bay area are particularly popular with visitors for the number of cultural locations contained - museums, theaters, art centers and more. Take this self-guided tour and have a great time exploring key attractions of Cardiff.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Cardiff Shopping Tour

Cardiff Shopping Tour

The coal-mining capital of Britain, Cardiff offers an exciting shopping opportunity in many state-of-the-art shopping centres like St.David's or Capitol. Along with modern shopping arcades, the busy Cardiff streets are packed with lovely, small specialty shops and galleries. Take this walking tour to discover some of Cardiff's best shopping spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Religious Tour in Cardiff

Religious Tour in Cardiff

The long and rich history of Wales is reflected by the presence of beautiful religious buildings. Cathedrals and churches had always dominated the architectural landscape of Britain. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beautiful places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Museums and Galleries Walk in Cardiff

Museums and Galleries Walk in Cardiff

The capital of Wales Cardiff offers a unique cultural experience for art lovers and people who are passionate about archaeology and history. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the fascinating world of Wales National Museum, glorious expressions of Welsh Soldier military museum and many lovely visual art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km