10 things to do in Cardiff

love it!’s ANNABEL STEVENS paid a visit to Wales’s vibrant capital and found it bursting at the seams with interesting things to see and do…

1. CARDIFF BAY South of the city centre you’ll find a great mix of Cardiff attractions and events, coupled with great bars and shops that create a fabulous atmosphere. Full of options for all the family.

2. BUTE PARK A visit to Bute Park is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. You’ll find 130 acres of stunning landscaped gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle – a glorious sight in autumn. Easily accessible from the city centre.

3. THE CLINK Located in Cardiff prison, this restaurant offers a chance for prisoners to change their lives by working towards food and catering qualifications – plus the food is great!

4. CARDIFF CASTLE In the heart of the city you’ll find an impressive castle and an extraordinary Victorian Gothic fantasy palace. Visitors can take a tour of the building itself, the wartime shelters found within the walls, and the remains of the Roman wall that used to surround the castle.

5. BARRY ISLAND Any Gavin & Stacey fans will love a trip to Barry Island – just 30 minutes’ drive from central Cardiff and home to the Barry Island Pleasure Park. Spend a day walking the seafront and feasting on ice cream, candyfloss and fish and chips.

6. DR WHO Housed by the BBC Studios in Cardiff Bay, the Doctor Who Experience offers a unique and exciting insight into more than 50 years of adventures in space and time. A must-see for any fans of the iconic TV show. Adult tickets start at £14.

7. GHOST WALK With so many historical buildings in the city, it’s no wonder Cardiff is a great place to learn about ghosts and legends. Cardiff History offer a number of different tours of the city, including ghost tours of Llandaff and Cardiff Castle, all of which are run by local history enthusiasts.

8. MILLENNIUM CENTRE Wales’s national home of performing arts stages famous musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance – and a lot of it is free.

9. JACOB’S ANTIQUES This four-floor, red-brick building houses more than 50 stalls. Jacob’s sells second-hand and antique furniture, vintage clothes, books, military memorabilia and bric-a-brac. A definite Cardiff gem that’s not to be missed if you are into unique and vintage items. Open Thursday to Saturday.

10. CHIPPY ALLEY Not a tourist destination as such, but an iconic Cardiff landmark nonetheless! Caroline Street (to give it its proper name) is packed with privately-owned fast food outlets.