Experience Welsh Culture in Cardiff

Experience Welsh Culture in Cardiff

Wales, a land of myth and legend, is steeped in a rich cultural tapestry that captivates visitors from around the globe. And where better to immerse yourself in the heart of Welsh culture than its vibrant capital city, Cardiff?

1. Delve into Welsh History 

Begin your journey through Welsh culture with a visit to Cardiff Castle, a majestic fortress with over 2,000 years of history etched into its walls. From Roman origins to gothic revival splendour, this iconic landmark offers guided tours that unravel the tales that have shaped Wales. 

Join Fogo's Free Walking Tours, where the knowledgeable guide takes you through the streets of Cardiff. Learn about the city's transformation from a small fort to a bustling maritime hub. The tours take place every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Continue the story by visiting the Museum of Cardiff (previously Cardiff Story Museum), which has free entry.

A visit to the National Museum Cardiff is a must for a more comprehensive exploration of Welsh history and culture. Housing an extensive collection of art, archaeology, and natural history, the museum offers a journey through the ages. Delve into the world of Welsh legends and folklore.

Discover the living history museum of St Fagans National Museum. Set within the grounds of a picturesque 16th-century manor house, this open-air museum offers a glimpse into Welsh life through the ages. Explore over 50 historic buildings, including traditional farmhouses, a medieval church, and a Victorian schoolhouse, each meticulously reconstructed to provide an immersive experience. 

Tucked away amidst lush greenery, Insole Court is a hidden gem that transports visitors to a bygone era. This elegant mansion, surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, offers a glimpse into the lives of Cardiff's affluent residents during the Victorian era. Fans of the National Trust will also enjoy visits to Dyffryn Gardens and Tredegar House, both on the outskirts of Cardiff.


Culture and Art in Cardiff

2. Experience Traditional Welsh Cuisine

No exploration of Welsh culture is complete without indulging in its delectable cuisine. Cardiff boasts a thriving culinary scene where traditional dishes are celebrated alongside innovative creations. Sample the iconic Welsh rarebit, a savoury delight of melted cheese and ale atop crusty bread, or a hearty bowl of cawl, a traditional Welsh stew brimming with seasonal vegetables and tender meat. 

Cardiff's food markets are a treasure trove of fresh, local produce and specialities. Visit the bustling stalls of Cardiff Market, where vendors have Welsh cheeses, freshly baked bread, freshly caught fish and gourmet treats. Here, you'll find some of the city's most exciting street food establishments, including Ffwrnes Pizza, Cardiff Bakestones and Smashed Burgers.

The Cardiff Farmers Markets are also exciting to visit. On Sundays, Riverside Market offers a selection of local eggs, jams and chutneys, organic meat and vegetables, fresh bread, pastries and cakes, cheese, coffee, and so much more. The other food markets are the Roath Market on Saturdays and Rhiwbina on Fridays.

One of the best ways to discover Welsh cuisine in Cardiff is on the Loving Welsh Food Tour. Led by passionate guides, this immersive experience takes you on a gastronomic adventure through Cardiff's vibrant food scene. Explore bustling markets, artisanal producers, and hidden gems, sampling various traditional Welsh delicacies along the way. From laverbread to a Clark's pie, each bite is infused with stories and traditions that bring the cuisine to life.

Indulge in a quintessentially Welsh experience with a Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea. Alongside dainty finger sandwiches, there are freshly baked bara brith, a traditional fruit loaf infused with spices and tea and Welsh cakes. Accompanied by a steaming pot of Welsh brew loose-leaf tea, afternoon tea offers a deliciously decadent way to experience the flavours of Wales.


Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea

3. Immerse Yourself in Welsh Music and Arts

Wales is known as the land of song. Music and the arts are integral components of Welsh culture. Welsh choirs are known for soul-stirring performances that transport you to another time.

Attend a performance at the Welsh National Opera and experience world-class entertainment. The orchestra tours the world, giving over 120 music and arts performances annually, with a repertoire of eight operas each year, to a combined audience of more than 150,000 people. Here in Cardiff, performances are predominately at the Wales Millennium Centre building, as well as St David's Hall and The New Theatre Cardiff – where you can also see the BBC National Orchestra and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

As for the live music scene, talented musicians across music genres entertain audiences nightly. From intimate acoustic sessions in the cosy pubs and city centre bars to iconic venues such as Clwb Ifor Bach, Tramshed, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff University Students' Union, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as concert venues like the Utilita Arena and Principality Stadium

One of Wales' most cherished cultural events, the Welsh Eisteddfod, is a celebration of music, poetry, and performance that dates back centuries. Held annually in various locations across Wales, the Eisteddfod brings together artists, musicians, and poets from across the country to compete and showcase their talents. This year, the Eisteddfod is in Pontypridd, less than a 30-minute drive from Cardiff. 

There are also regular festivals in Cardiff. St. David's Day is a vibrant celebration that pays homage to the patron saint of Wales. Observed annually on March 1st, this cultural extravaganza brings the city to life. The day is marked by lively parades, traditional music performances and traditional dress – however, these days, most prefer to wear their rugby shirt or a daffodil pinned to their lapel. 

4. Wander Through Quaint Villages and Breathtaking Landscapes

There's so much more to Cardiff than the city centre or the nightlife in Cardiff Bay. Escape the bustling city streets and embark on a journey through the picturesque villages, suburbs, and breathtaking landscapes that adorn the Welsh countryside. 

Just a stone's throw from the city centre lies the picturesque village of Llandaff, steeped in history and charm. Along the quaint streets are Georgian and Victorian buildings and landmarks such as Llandaff Cathedral. Along the banks of the River Taff is Gwaloed y Garth, a serene village surrounded by lush greenery. Lace up your walking shoes and scale Garth Mountain, supposedly the inspiration for the film The English Man Who Walked Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain, starring Hugh Grant.

If you follow the Taff Trail, you'll encounter a series of charming suburbs and communities. From Radyr to Tongwynlais, each suburb offers its own unique attractions and points of interest. Explore historic landmarks such as Castell Coch, a fairy-tale castle nestled amidst the ancient woodlands of Fforest Fawr.

From the capital city, it's also easy to explore more of South Wales: the Brecon Beacons' rugged beauty or the Gower Peninsula's serene shores. Stroll along the Wales Coast Path and discover the Cwmcarn Forest Drive or the surrounding areas of Newport, Caerphilly, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan. 


Cardiff Contemporary Villages

5. Welsh Language Workshops

In Cardiff, the Welsh language is not just a historical artefact but a living, breathing part of everyday life. While English is widely spoken, the Welsh language plays a significant role in the city's cultural landscape, from street signs and public announcements to local media and community events. 

Visitors to Cardiff can experience the richness of Welsh language and culture firsthand, whether by attending Welsh language workshops, exploring bilingual exhibitions in museums and galleries, or simply engaging with local Welsh speakers. 

Here are some basics to get you started:



Good morning

Good day

Good afternoon

Good night

How are you?

Cheers (bye)

Thank you very much



Good luck


Bore da

Dydd da

Prynhawn da

Nos da

Sut mae


Diolch yn fawr



Pob lwc


Bor-eh Dah

Dith Dah

Prihnown Dah

Nohs Dah

Sit Mael


Dee-ol[ch] Uhn Vaoor



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Welsh Culture in Cardiff

In Cardiff, the heartbeat of Welsh culture resonates in every corner. Whether you're a history enthusiast or a culinary connoisseur, Cardiff invites you to embark on a journey of discovery through the vibrant tapestry of Welsh culture. So, pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and prepare to experience the magic of Cardiff, where the past meets the present in a symphony of culture and tradition.

Bedrooms at Future Inn Cardiff Bay

Immerse Yourself in Culture at our Hotel in Cardiff

Future Inn Cardiff is an ideal base for the night, offering various-sized rooms that can sleep up to four adults, including our accessible bedrooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower facilities, a desk with workspace and a laptop safe. Room features include an iron and ironing board, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, bottled water and a flat-screen TV.

Perks include a hotel with free parking and electric car charging, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary robe and slippers in your room, plus home away from home services like our guest laundry room, ice buckets, and ice machine you can help yourself to. 

There is also free entry to Simply Gym at the Red Dragon Centre across from the hotel. You can also bring your bikes, as we are a cycle-friendly hotel.

Make a Reservation

Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 02920 487111 or email reservations.cardiff@futureinns.co.uk 

Future Inns Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, you get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem when you dine in the restaurant and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Welsh Cuisine Cardiff

Welsh Restaurant

Thomas Restaurant is ideal for fuelling up before exploring. The team serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A homemade Taste of Wales Afternoon Tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm or our set menu offers 3 courses for £25 daily between 5pm-10pm. A large selection of alcoholic and soft drinks is also available, including Welsh beer and spirits, wine by the glass or the bottle, plus 2 for £16 cocktails

Reservations can be made on 02920 487111 or thomas@futureinns.co.uk, or online: 

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