The Safest Cities For Women to Travel Alone in Europe

There has never been a better time than now to be a solo female traveler looking to explore Europe. Cities are becoming safer, female-friendly hotels are popping up and it is getting easier to meet other solo female travelers around the world. Here are 20 safe European cities for female solo travelers.

20. Vienna, Austria

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Austria is ranked number 4 on the Global Peace Index, making it an excellent and safe country for female solo travelers to visit. Vienna, the capital of Austria has earned the name of “city with the highest quality of life” several years in a row.

Vienna is full of stunning architecture, music, and history. There are plenty of museums to visit, such as Sigmund Freud’s house. This museum will help you understand why Vienna is known as the “city of dreams”.  You may also want to make a stop at Prater park to see the iconic Riesenrad Ferris wheel landmark. Finally, be sure to head to a local restaurant and try authentic Austrian food such as Wiener Schnitzel (a thin, breaded, pan-fried veal cutlet), Sachertorte (chocolate torte), or an Apfelstrudel (apple strudel).

19. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Between the breathtaking landscapes, ancient castles, and rich history, Scotland has a lot to offer. Scotland, a region of the United Kingdom ranks 45 on the Global Peace Index and is considered safe for female solo travelers. There is so much to do and see in Edinburg, the capital of Scotland. To begin, if you visit in August, there is a month-long arts festival called Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This festival offers theatrical performances, comedy shows, and many other activities that would be perfect for a female solo traveler, especially if you’re hoping to meet new people.

Moreover, consider taking a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle and take in the medieval architecture. After visiting the castle, be sure to head to Calton Hill which is a high point in the city that allows you to catch a full view of Edinburgh. Finish your day at a local pub and indulge in authentic food while meeting the locals.

18. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin, Germany’s capital is home to 3.5 million residents. Berlin is rich in history and full of culture and would be an excellent place to explore on your own. There are many restaurants, markets, and cafes in Berlin that will make you feel comfortable dining alone.

Discover what this city has to offer by taking a free walking tour, use the bike-sharing program, or hop on public transportation. Be sure to check out the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall.

17. Bruges, Belgium

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If you are a solo female traveler looking to immerse yourself in a fairy tale this would be the city to visit. Straight off a postcard, the city of Bruges is loaded with cobblestone streets, historic houses, and canals. It is here where you will be inspired to take long strolls throughout the streets and enjoy Belgian pints of beer by street-side cafes while people watching.

This city is extremely safe, for all travelers and welcomes visitors, especially in the summertime when it becomes peak travel season. There is a range of good hotels along with budget hostels that will meet any traveler’s budget, and English is widely understood throughout. Female travelers will feel safe as locals are willing to lend a hand if needed and are more than happy to give advice on where to go, what to see, and where to grab the next pint of beer.

16. Santorini, Greece

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If you want to see jaw-dropping scenery, be sure to add Santorini, Greece to your travel wish list. The emerald Mediterranean Sea is enough to take your breath away, but also the picturesque white villas are a sight to see too. Many people travel to Santorini with a partner or friend but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel there solo.

With friendly locals and an affordable bus system, you’ll be able to navigate your way across the city.

15. Paris, France

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Paris, France is known as the city of love. So it may seem ironic that one would travel there alone. However, exploring this beautiful city alone means that you don’t have to abide by anyone else’s opinions or plans. Further, exploring this city is easy and best to do either on foot or by taking the metro.

There are so many amazing things to see and do in Paris, France. Be sure to check out the iconic Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Arc de Triomphe. You should also enjoy a bottle of wine and a baguette all to yourself during your stay too.

14. London, England

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London, England is an excellent destination for solo female travels. Traveling through this city is easy from the amazing public transportation system to the remarkable hostels, hotels, and Airbnb’s. Not to mention English is their first language in this city of England.

During your stay, be sure to visit Buckingham Palace, take a tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and visit one of the many museums London has to offer. You should also dine at a local pub to indulge in traditional British food such as fish and chips, or a Toad in the hole. Further, dining at a pub will also help you meet the locals as well as other solo travelers too.

13. Oslo, Norway

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Oslo is a dream for female solo travelers, alas a bit expensive at times. It is Norway’s largest city and a great cultural city destination that is overflowing with things to see and do. Female solo travelers will feel safe no matter where they stay but may feel some extra comfort if they choose to stay on the women-only floor of the 130-year old Grand Hotel. Here they will find rooms stacked with books, magazines, a yoga mat, toiletries, and a female room-service menu, without the room service charge!

Wandering around the Vigeland Sculpture Park, which is 80 acres and feature 212 bronze and granite sculptures, you are sure to meet other solo travelers who will become quick friends. Head out to one of the many vibrant nightclubs or theaters with new-found travel friends for an unforgettable experience.

12. Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland is a very safe country. According to the Global Peace Index, Ireland ranks number 12 in the world. Further, as a female solo traveler, you will feel comfortable dining alone and you may even run into another solo traveler during your stay.

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is laden with historic buildings including the captivating Dublin Castle. Some other great places to see are the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Museum of Ireland, and other must-see historic Attractions in Dublin.

11. Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal is a wonderful place for female solo travelers. To begin, there are many safe and affordable hostels to stay in where you will meet many other solo travelers too. Secondly, Portugal ranks 3rd on the Global Peace Index.

Lisbon is full of rugged yet wonderful architecture and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Consider having a beach day all to yourself, or explore the Castelo de S. Jorge or the Jerónimos Monastery. Exploring this beautiful city is easy and can be done either by public transportation, on foot, or on a bike.

10. Stockholm, Sweden

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Built over 14 islands and connected by over 50 bridges this lovely cosmopolitan city is home to more than two million people. It is known for its gorgeous modern architecture, friendly people, and captivating waterways. Women are treated equally like men here and solo female travelers will face no issues in terms of harassment, drink spiking, or pickpocketing.

There is a slew of budget hostels throughout the city that are both affordable and safe, and a great way to connect with other travelers. This is a great city to experience Nordic culture in its modern and multicultural avatar, as well as dine on delightful local food. English is widely spoken here, and the locals are often teased for speaking a mix of Swedish and English-nicknamed Swinglish. Women will have no trouble finding people to talk to, tours to take and culture to experience here in Stockholm.

9. Cardiff, Wales

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Cardiff is the capital and largest city of Wales. This city is also considered one of Britain’s safer cities and for that reason, it is Wales’s most popular tourist destination. Along with being a safe city, Cardiff is full of culture, has many captivating castles and if you meet the locals they’ll surely share some of their ancient Welsh legends.

Further, students make up about 10% of Cardiff’s population which means younger female solo travelers will surely be well taken care of. There are many things to see and do in Cardiff. During your stay be sure to check out the National Museu, Cardiff Bay, and Cardiff Castle.

8. Helsinki, Finland

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The capital of Finland is one of the best cities for female solo travelers, thanks to its friendly locals, its reputation for being safe and beautiful. This walkable city is loaded with lovely parks, free city events, music, and shopping. Solo travelers will delight in the 20th-century architecture, the Helsinki Cathedral and the National Museum of Finland, which are always, home to other visitors.

One of the best things to do when you first get into the city is to take a walking tour, in order to fully appreciate the city’s cultural heritage, then move on to the shopping and dining. One cannot travel here without taking a dip in the Yrjönkatu Indoor Swimming Pool, (the oldest pool) built-in 1928. Recently renovated to house three pools and wonderful saunas, this is where women meet after work and have a sauna and swim followed by a drink, all done without any clothes on.

7. Prague, Czech Republic

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Immerse yourself in the alluring culture of the Czech Republic by visiting its capital, Prague. There is an abundance of things to see and do in the wonderful city of Prague.

Prague is not only a beautiful place to visit but the country, the Czech Republic ranks in the top 10 of the Global Peace Index. Consider meeting other solo travelers by taking a walking tour, or keep to yourself and explore one of their many museums, or even check out a show at the State Opera.

6. Copenhagen, Denmark

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The capital of Denmark is a vibrant and colorful city, which still manages to maintain a small-town feeling. New meets old in this fairytale-like city that features ancient buildings and towering glass and steel skyscrapers. Many of the state-run museums in this city are free admission, making it easy to save on spending and you can’t miss out on visiting the world’s oldest amusement park- Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park.

This city offers a unique experience that is perfect for female solo travelers called ‘Meet the Danes.’ This service arranges home-dinners with a Danish family or a single woman and her friend. Expect a traditional Danish meal and plenty of conversation with your new-found friends. Don’t miss the goddess Gefjun fountain that depicts the mythology of Denmark’s creation and magic within the Norse religion.

5. Barcelona, Spain

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Barcelona, Spain is known for its captivating architecture and art and would be a great destination for female solo travelers. For starters, the public transportation system is excellent. You’ll have the option of taking a bus, metro, trains, or trams, however, you will also be able to see a lot of the attractions on foot too. While Barcelona is generally safe, it’s always important to still take precautions such as keeping your personal belongings close by to prevent pickpocketing and don’t flash around money or expensive belongings.

During your stay be sure to check out the Sagrada Familia church, designed by Antoni Gaudi, and the Picasso Museum.

4. Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich is an extremely safe city and therefore traveling alone as a female here is also incredibly safe, and downright breathtaking. Snow-capped Alps loom in the background, museums and art galleries line the streets and the nightlife is something to speak of. Female travelers will find no shortage of shopping to do here, cobblers, tailors, metalsmiths, candle makers, jewelry makers, and watchmakers fill the streets.

Choices of accommodations are endless here and if you feel nervous at all in this city we suggest heading over to Lady’s First Design Hotel, which was built especially for female travelers. The ancient center is the perfect place to stroll through the winding lanes and look up to the tall church steeples, stopping for coffee at sidewalk cafes. Further, Zuri-West is where to find the hottest nightlife in the city, just in case you are looking to meet new friends that want to dance the night away.

3. Sorento, Italy

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Sorento is a coastal town located in the southwestern part of Italy. This charming town faces the Bay of Naples on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Be sure to make your way to Piazzo Tasso, a central square in Sorrento that offers plenty of restaurants and shopping. Here you can try their famous Gelato, or drink a cup of delicious coffee.

Not only is there a lot to see and do in Sorento, but it’s also a popular vacation spot for Europeans. This means that you’ll hear a lot of English in both the restaurants and in the streets of Sorento which will only make traveling by yourself even easier. Further, you’ll find that it is easy to navigate around the town which will only add to a stress-free experience.

2. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam received the nickname “Venice of the North” because it has many beautiful canals. This charming city has something for every type of female traveler. Whether you enjoy history, are a party animal, or prefer to simply take in the scenic view, Amsterdam has it all.

According to the Global Peace Index, the Netherlands ranks in the top 20 in the world.  There is plenty to see and do in Amsterdam and you will most likely run into other solo travelers too.

1. Reykjavik, Iceland

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It has been rated as the number one safest country for women to travel to alone and Iceland has been beckoning female solo travelers for as long as it can remember. This is the ultimate travel adventure for the traveler who loves the outdoors. Think glacier hiking in the Pingvellir National Park, skiing at Blafjoll, and Viking horse riding at Thingvellir.

If you aren’t the outdoorsy type, don’t worry there is plenty for you to do here including the chance to relax and de-stress in one of the many thermal pools and spas across the city. If you’re lucky you may even get to witness the famous Aurora Borealis. This city happens to be famously expensive though and we highly suggest staying at a hostel instead of a hotel to save money. This city is notoriously safe, even at night and as a female solo traveler, make sure you put Reykjavik on your bucket list.

7 Beautiful and Underrated Cities in the UK

The UK is brimming with cities full of medieval architecture, breathtaking cathedrals, lively green spaces and fascinating history. Indeed most people flock to the cities of London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool where they fight crowds of tourists and visit overrated attractions. The secret of visiting the UK is to find the hidden gems, the underrated, the beautiful and the closely guarded. From England to Scotland to Ireland, we have discovered 7 of these cities, who offer a slew of incredible attractions and beautiful buildings.

7. Lincoln, England

Back in the day this city was actually a pretty big deal, in fact it housed the world’s tallest cathedral for over 250 years, along with a castle, two universities and plenty more attractions. Visitors will want to pay a visit to the incredible cathedrals as it boasts amazing stained glass windows, an interior full of intricate carvings in stone and wood, and the ruins of the Bishop’s Old Palace beside it. It is here where you will find 14th and 15th century medieval buildings as well as the oldest bridge in England to have houses built upon it. Don’t miss out of ‘Steep Hill’, a street full of small independent shops. Lincoln is also home to one of the only four surviving copes of Magna Carta, dating back to the 13th century and visitors here should plan a trup to Lincoln Castle and discover a piece of human history.

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6. Cardiff, Wales

It is one of the most pleasant cities in the UK, boasting a magnificient castle, innovative architecture and great people. This Welsh capital once started as a Roman fort and since the 11th century the Cardiff Castle has held court where the fort once stood. It has not been considered a pretty city by any means in the past but times are changing and major regeneration projects have been occurring over the past decade. Think a brand new performing center, a revamped waterfront and a 74,000 seat stadium; just to name a few. The free National Museum Cardiff should absolutely be on your list of things to do in this city, as well as attend one of the infamous rugby matches. Markets, awesome dining options, impressive accommodations await visitors to this city which is becoming more beautiful as time goes on.

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5. Sheffield, England

This city isn’t known for its castles, souped up riverside docks, cobbled streets or typical tourist attractions, but there is a lot to Sheffield that makes it both unique and fun to visit. Plan on arriving here by train where you are greeted by a stunning waterfall just outside the station. Visitors will want to head to the Winter Garden-the largest urban glass house in Europe-home to over 2,000 plants from around the world. There also happens to be more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens throughout the city, giving this city the highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe. Did we mention that it is also home to the world’s oldest football club? Throw in the medieval Anglican cathedral, two theatres, a slew of restaurants and pubs and some of the friendliest people in the north and you have yourself one pretty epic city.

Sheffield, England

4. Belfast, Ireland

It has been avoided, forgotten and underrated for the better part of half a century. But this city is slowly making a new name for itself as it reinvents itself with award-winning architecture, a vibrant restaurant scene and lovely locals. This small and walkable city encourages visitors to stroll through its beautiful botanic gardens and the cobbled Cathedral Quarter that teams with restaurants, pubs and arts venues. Visitors will not want to miss a visit to the Metropolitan Arts Centre which is a shining star in terms of stunning architecture, an asymentrical tower of brick and volcanic stone that houses seven stories of high-ceilinged galleries and unique reading nooks. Massive regenerations projects have improved the old dockyards, Victoria Square and the waterfront, which boasts some of the most impressive nightlife in the UK.

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3. Chester, England

This city is more than 2,000 years old which means plenty of history, culture and architecture await visitors here. Chester boasts the more complete city walls in the country, the largest undiscovered ampitheatre in the UK and a slew of breathtaking medieval buildings. It is easy to walk around this city as the Roman grid pattern of streets have survived the years, and trust us you will want to walk in order to take in the historic towers and gates that adourn the Roman walls. Chester Cathedral is located in the heart of the city and deserves a visit, as does the beautiful River Dee, Roodee Racecourse and the pretty Grosvenor Park. Hit up the independent galleries and boutiques, dine on local Cheshire produce and stay in anything from a luxury hotel to a quaint cabin in this beautiful, yet highly underrated English city.

Chester, England

2. Nottingham, England

It is best known as the home of Robin Hood, but that is about it and tourists tend to skip by this charming English town. The men in tights are long gone in this city and instead you will find a castle, which sits atop a labyrinth of ancient tunnels, England’s oldest inn- Ye Olde Trip to Jeruslaem- which is built into a cliff face and is said to have a chair that makes any woman pregnant, and much more. Visitors will want to head to the Galleries of Justice Museum where you can explore the gruesome history of crime and punishment. Or how about the City of Caves, where you will descend far below street level and discover just a few of the 500 man-made sandstone caves that date back to medieval times. Beautiful buildings include Wollaton Hall, Newstead Abbey and Nottingham Castle.

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1. Stirling, Scotland

Stirling is Scotland’s heritage capital, a place where the Wars of Independence were fought and won and where for three centuries monarchs ruled in regal splendor. This cobbled old town in much quieter than Edinburgh and offers much in the way of history, architecture, culture and attractions. Visitors will find themselves winding their way up to the dominant castle which offers an incredible view for miles. Keep your eye out for the Wallace Monument, a Victoria Gothic creation that was made to honour the legendary freedom fighter of Braveheart fame, and looks so gothic it deserves at least a a few circling bats. Take a ghost walk, visit the museum and gallery, go whisky tasting or hang with the monkeys at the safari park. Whatever you do though, don’t miss exploring the Old Town and the picturesque path that encircles it.

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10 Things to See and Do in Cardiff

Cardiff, the largest and capital city of Wales, is the chief commercial center of the country. It is the most popular tourist destination in Wales and in 2011, Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world as an alternative tourist destination by National Geographic. It was named a city in 1905 and declared the capital of Wales in 1955. There are several sporting venues in Cardiff and the city was awarded the European City of Sport in 2009 because of its role in hosting major international sporting events and was awarded it again in 2014. Cardiff is divided into several communities with several of them having their own community council while the rest fall under the jurisdiction of Cardiff City Council. There are many popular destinations in Cardiff as well as other hidden treasures you’ll want to check out while there.

10. Cardiff Bay

Created by the Cardiff Barrage, Cardiff Bay is located in south Cardiff and is one of the most successful regeneration projects in the United Kingdom. It is supplied by two rivers forming a 500-acre (2.0 km 2) freshwater lake. It used to be tidal with access to the sea being limited to a couple of hours each side of high water, but now three locks offer 24 hour access. The mudflats at the mouths of the River Taff and River Ely were inundated with loss of habitat for wading birds, but The Barrage provided several new habitats for freshwater species with the wetlands to the south of Hamadryad Park. There are some interesting and beautiful buildings located in the area, like St. David’s Hotel, The Pierhead Building, The Senedd, Wales Millennium Centre, Norwegian Church, Craft in the Bay, Techniquest, Roald Dahl Plass, Mermaid Quay and The Tube visitor’s centre. The water-based attractions include Cardiff Bay Wetland Reserve, Cardiff Waterbus, Cardiff Bay Barrage, Lightship 2000, Queen Alexandra Dock, Cardiff International Pool, Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff Sailing Centre, Cardiff Yacht Club and Cardiff City Rowing Club. There is lots to see and do here while enjoying the pristine waters all around you.

Cardiff Bay

9. St. Fagans National History Museum

St. Fagans National History Museum, named after the village it is located in, is an open-air museum in Cardiff recalling the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of Welsh people. It is part of the National Museum of Wales. It consists of more than 40 buildings from a variety of locations in Wales and sits on the grounds of St. Fagans Castle, an Elizabethan manor house. The buildings include a nonconformist chapel, a village schoolhouse, a Toll road toll booth, a cockpit and a tannery. Some of the items on display there include traditional crafts with a working blacksmith forge, a pottery, a weaver, miller, clog maker, two working water mills, one flour mill and one wool mill. There is also a small working farm on the site which focuses on preservation of Welsh native breeds of livestock. You can even purchase produce from the bakery and flour mill there. What a great way to step back in time and experience how people lived and worked many years ago.

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Photo by: Visit Cardiff

8. Castell Coch

Castell Coch (Welsh for Red Castle), is a Gothic Revival castle built in the 19th century above the village of Tongwynlais in South Wales. The original castle was left in ruins and in 1848, John Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, inherited the castle. He hired a contractor to rebuild the castle “as a country residence for occasional occupation in the summer” using the ancient remains as a basis for the design. The castle was rarely used and in 1950, his grandson placed it into the care of the state. It is now controlled by Cadw, the Welsh heritage agency. The castle occupies a woodland area on the slopes above the village of Tongwynlais and the River Taff. The historian Charles Kightly, referred to the castle’s architecture as “the crowning glory of the Gothic Revival”. The outside of the building consists of three circular towers – the Keep, the Kitchen Tower and the Well Tower. Inside, you’ll find a magnificent banquet hall, an octagonal drawing room occupying two floors, the Lord’s and Lady’s Bedrooms and many other rooms you’ll want to explore. It is a work of art.

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7. Doctor Who Experience

The Doctor Who Experience is an attraction housed close to BBC Studios in a special facility offering a unique and sometimes frightening journey into the fifty years of adventure in space and time with this popular Sci-fi show. There are two distinct “experiences” offered – The Interactive Experience and The Exhibition Hall. During specific times of the year, admission can also include a Walking Tour or The TARDIS Tour. With the Interactive Experience, visitors get to go on a real live adventure with the doctor. The adventure begins at the Gallifrey Museum to the heart of TARDIS and will have to save the universe from the threat at hand. Once you survive that adventure, you can journey straight through to The Exhibition Hall. While you recover from your adventure, you can see and experience the world’s most extensive collection of props and artifacts from Doctor Who. You will get to see costumes that were used back in 1963 up to present day. Whether or not you are a fan of the show, it offers a fun and interesting adventure.

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Photo by: Elliot Brown via Flickr

6. Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre

Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre is located just outside of Cardiff city center on M4. The facility can accommodate people of all ages who would like to climb, starting at under seven to adult. Whether you are an accomplished climber or a newbie, Boulders has something to offer. Private climbing lessons are offered to newcomers giving them an intensive 80 minute lesson until they are ready to have a go at it. If you have young children and would rather not have them climb a rock wall, the center has an area called Soft Play in Pebbles. The area allows younger children (usually under seven years old) the chance to climb in a safe area with plenty of cargo nets and large holes big enough for them to crawl through. They also host birthday parties in the Soft Play area where children can play for 90 minutes and then enjoy a nice meal in the party room. Overall, it’s a fantastic family fun center offering great physical exercise in a safe environment.

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Photo by: Visit Cardiff

5. Cardiff International White Water

Cardiff International White Water is an Olympic-standard white water rafting center at Cardiff International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay. Opened in March of 2010, the center is the first on-demand white water center in the U.K. It offers on-demand whitewater rafting, canoeing and a flat-water pond for warm-up and training purposes. They also offer off-site surfing and gorge walking. Designed for international and Olympic use, the International Canoe Federation’s World Cup of 2012 was held there. The course consisted of 23 gates for the final race arranged with seven upstream, six downstream with eddies, a set of three flush gates forming a zig-zag and 13 through 15 gates having all of their poles arranged in a straight line evenly spaced for the racers to slalom through. The 250-meter hairpin shaped course, holds about 10 cubic meters of water per second when used for recreational use, but can hold up to 16 cubic meters per second when used for international competition. If you would like a little adventure but have never had the chance to whitewater raft before, this place is where you want to go, their lessons can prepare you for the fun.

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4. Chapter Arts Centre

Opened in 1971, Chapter Arts Centre, often referred to as Chapter, is a multi-art form arts center located in Cardiff which hosts films, plays, performances art and live music. It also includes a free art gallery, cafe and bars with over 60 workplaces for a variety of purposes including training courses. The films shown here include mainstream Hollywood productions as well as an array of foreign and independent films on a regular basis. The center consists of gallery spaces, two film theaters, two theaters, two bars, a cafe, shops, and several spaces for hire and ongoing art production, resident artists and more. The variety of films and art offered at the center is incredible. You can visit here several times a year and never tire of it because is has such eclectic offerings. You can see films like Carry On Screaming!, Rosewater, Timbuktu, Far From The Madding Crowd and more. The art exhibits include Richard Woods: Inclosure Acts, and Bad Bricks currently. Performances like The Ted Bundy Project and Miramar can be attended now as well. Be sure to check out what is currently going on at the center when you plan your travels. It offers something for every taste.

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Photo by: Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff via Wikimedia Commons

3. Llandaff Cathedral

An Anglican Cathedral in Cardiff, the Llandaff Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Llandaff, who is the head of the Church in Wales Diocese of Llandaff. The building, built in the 12th century was dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and three Welsh saints: Dubricius, Teilo, and Oudoceus. The Cathedral also serves as a parish church with the Dean being the Vicar of the Parish of Llandaff. The church is located close to the bank of the River Taff and much of the area is now a conservation area. Despite being surrounded by the city of Cardiff, the area is very tranquil and unspoiled. The building is breathtakingly beautiful inside and out with its magnificent architecture. The stained glass windows are a vision and the general atmosphere is tranquil. You can spend a lot of time just taking in the beautiful decor and relaxing atmosphere. Lose yourself in the peace all around you.

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Photo by: Visit Cardiff

2. Wales Millennium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre is an arts center located in Cardiff covering a total area of 4.7 acres (1.9 ha) and has hosted performances of opera, ballet, dance, comedy and musicals. The center consists of one large theater and two smaller halls with shops, bars and restaurants. It is home to the national orchestra and opera, dance, theater, and literature companies totaling eight art organizations in residence, as well as the Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre. The Donald Gordon Theatre, which is the main theater, seats 1,897, while the BBC Hoddinott Hall can accommodate 350 and the Weston Studio Theatre seats 250. You can take a guided backstage tour, eat and drink at “ffresh”, Bar One, Crema Coffee Shop, Hufen ice cream parlour and the theater bars. If you’d like to take in a free show, you can go to the Glanfa Stage. They have full listings at “What’s On” of upcoming events, free talks and other activities. The free art exhibitions are incredible to see and you can visit the gift shop for a souvenir before leaving. Milipwt’s Den is a free and fun place for your children to explore as well. A great place for the entire family.

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1. Cardiff Castle

Touted as one of the leading heritage attractions in Wales, Cardiff Castle is located in the parklands at the heart of the city and is considered a site of international significance with its 2000 year history. Roman Fort established around the end of the 50s AD and The Norman Keep are located at Cardiff. The Norman Keep was built reusing the same site of the Roman Fort. The Bute family was responsible for turning Cardiff into the world’s greatest coal exporting port. You can take a house tour of the castle through the exquisitely decorated rooms such as the Winter Smoking Room, The Nursery, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and The Roof Top Garden. Visiting the Castle Apartments is an opportunity to see the rich fairy tale apartments decorated with ornate murals, gilding and elaborate wood carvings, stained glass and marble created by art-architect, William Burges for the 3rd Marquess of Bute. Also found within the castle walls are tunnels which were used as air-raid shelters during the Second World War. You’ll want to visit the Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier commemorating 300 years of history including the Battle of Waterloo 1815. It offers an incredible story of the history of Cardiff.

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