Exploring the Diff. Cardiff’s top creative and cultural attractions.

Cardiff is a city with a momentous cultural and creative sector that not only contributes to the fabric of urban life, but also contributes significantly to the city’s creative economy as a whole.   

The city has undergone significant regeneration in the past 30 years, and regeneration requires a vision which can look past the decay and see new creative potential. This in mind, here are a few of Cardiff’s best creative and cultural attractions, all of which are extremely accessible and affordable for everyone, and which have been borne out of that very vision.

Get creative at The Chapter Arts Centre

The Chapter Arts Centre  is a creative and cultural space based just outside of the city center, that presents and produces international and local art, live music, theatrical performances and films all within a unique and dynamic social space.

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The Centre is housed in a once deserted school building and has become a hub for art, creativity and innovation.

Entrance is free, but you may have to pay to see specific events – click here to find out what’s on.  However, if you are a student you can get some amazing discounts including concessionary prices on theatre and cinema tickets and 10% off in their café and bar, including alcoholic beverages!

Visit St Fagan’s National History Museum

Regeneration, restoration and culture go hand in hand at St Fagan’s which is the most visited heritage attraction in Wales. The open-air museum is like no other as it stands in the ground of St Fagan’s castle. Over the past 50 years buildings from all over Wales and from different eras have literally been moved and lovingly rebuilt and restored in the grounds. As you walk around and into these houses, shops, bakeries, blacksmiths, mill, churches (to name but a few) you get a glimpse into the lives and cultures of people in Wales over the ages – it’s a fascinating and captivating experience.

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This is a must for all ages – and again its totally free!

Visit Wales Millennium Centre

Cardiff Bay is home to the WMC, one of the UK’s top cultural attractions. The story of Cardiff Bay itself is inspirational -the once thriving docks which turned Cardiff from one of the smallest towns in Wales to the largest, fell into dereliction in the 1980’s with the decline of the coal industry. But, fortunately for us the City had vision and saw the creative potential in the area despite the decay.

Today there are many cultural attractions at Cardiff bay –Techniquest , Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, but perhaps most iconic is the Wales Millennium Centre,  the national home for the performing arts which stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance.

 

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At the very heart of the centre is the creative learning and community engagement programme which ensures that everybody from all ages and abilities and from all walks of life are both enabled and encouraged to participate in the creative arts.

The Centre also offers a number of free performances, check out what’s coming up by clicking here

Visit Cardiff’s Story Museum

The Cardiff story museum is a great choice if you are a new visitor to the City as it offers an overview to the city’s history through creative and interactive displays, using real stories from the people who have worked and lived in Cardiff over the past century to truly bring history to life! This museum is itself housed in one of Cardiff’s most historic buildings, The Old Library- another inspiring tale! Oh, and its free entry!

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It was difficult to pick just a handful of places to highlight as there are just so many creative and cultural activities on offer in Cardiff. They are all part of what makes this beautiful and cultural City so attractive to the ever-emerging creative classes in our society.

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