Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a diverse and multicultural city which brings people together, and celebrates uniqueness. A modern city that welcomes everyone, whatever their race, sexual orientation, age or ability. The change in legislation shows Wales to be a country that’s proud of its history and heritage – but one that’s brave enough to be forward-looking. This is certainly is true of Cardiff, whose medieval castle and historical centre complement the cutting-edge architecture of Cardiff Bay waterfront, and where the lively gay scene sits comfortably amidst the city’s primary shopping district.
Cardiff is a bilingual city where both English and Welsh are official languages. Both enjoy equal status under Welsh law and co-exist on road signs, tourist maps, restaurant menus and public toilet doors. Wales has taken a similar stance on gay marriage: in July 2013 England and Wales passed a law making it legal for gay men and lesbians to marry their chosen partners, with the first same-sex weddings taking place from 29 March 2014, demonstrating that Wales also speaks the languages of love and equality.
Welsh men are 100% beef, reared on a diet of rugby, choral singing and dragon-chasing: Wales is birthplace of gay rugby player Gareth Thomas, legendary singer Tom Jones, and film stars Richard Burton, Ioan Gruffudd and Matthew Rhys. Shirley Bassey and Catherine Zeta-Jones are also Welsh, proving the women are just as fiery. So what better place for an unforgettable gay holiday, wedding or honeymoon?
Like the city itself, Cardiff’s gay scene is small and compact – but with something for everyone. The main venues are focused around Charles Street and Churchill Way in the city centre, all within walking distance of each other.
The Gay Scene in Cardiff
OUT and about in Cardiff