Europe On trend in Cardiff By Mike Dunphy / June 17, 2015 Share 1 Cardiff Castle offers panoramic views of the city. -- In stark contrast to the peaceful Welsh countryside, Cardiff finds itself now at the cutting edge in culture, design and hipsterdom thanks to the "renaissance" of past years. This is seen most strikingly in the formerly derelict port, which has transformed into a thriving tourist and entertainment center with shopping, dining, a new 1,900-seat theater, the restored terracotta Pierhead Building and perhaps the city's most popular attraction: the Doctor Who Experience. Of old Cardiff, the castle tour remains ever compelling for its storytelling and atypical Victorian designs plus its panoramic views of the city from atop the Norman keep. The castle is also well within walking distance of other worthy stops like the National Museum and Art Gallery (free), Bute Park and the Victorian Cardiff Central Market.