Cardiff, Cardiff Bay, Penarth, Millennium Stadium

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Cardiff’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc try Visit Cardiff or Visit Wales.

Cardiff’s Victorian Arcades: ‘Beautifully maintained and stylishly elegant’

Links to Cardiff attractions include:
Brewery Quarter
Cardiff Bay Barrage
Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Story
Castle Quarter Arcades
Central Market
Centenary Walk
City of Arcades
National Museum
Norwegian Church Arts Centre
St Fagan’s National History Museum

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“Cardiff calls itself a young city [and] promotes itself as a ‘cool, cosmopolitan capital’, an image at odds with the stuffier aspects of the heritage business. But when it declares, to emphasise its youth, that it was either a ‘small market town’ or ‘a fishing village’ in the 1300s, it is disingenuous. First, most places were either small market towns or villages in the 14th century. Second, Cardiff was a small market town (and a fishing village) with a substantial Norman castle attached.”
“A statue of Aneurin Bevan… in a disconcerting pose that suggests the founder of the NHS might jump off his plinth at any moment to berate those who neglect his creation.”
“Beneath the stand, leading up to the match, the club organised activities for kids. Roaming through the family groups was an unusual mascot in a spherical blue suit with prongs; it looked as if it might represent the flu bacteria sweeping the country. Youngsters were invited to hit it with an inflatable hammer, although a hypodermic loaded with vaccine would surely have been more effective.”
These are taken from the Cardiff chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To order a copy, email