Top 5 Things To Do In Cardiff
From 1955, Cardiff was proclaimed as the capital city of Wales, located on the south coast where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary.
The revitalized city offers a fantastic range of unique attractions perfect for all the family, top class entertainment, and shopping with a difference. Everything in the centre is in close walking distance and thrives on its historic buildings and the Cardiff Bay entertainment centre to bring in the tourism.
Overflowing in rich, ancient and sporting history, Cardiff is renowned for its romantic setting and vibrant nightlife and culture.
Known to be the perfect holiday destination for large quantities of couples, groups, families and friends, Cardiff is a thriving city, approximately 2 hours by train or 3 hours by coach from London.
With so many things to see and do, you’re bound to have a fantastic time regardless of the weather. Cardiff Airport is located just 30 minutes from the city centre and is easy to locate via train, bus or coach. Travelling to and from Cardiff Airport by bus is super easy and convenient, with good transport connections. All bus and coach pick up and drop off points are situated in front of the terminal building.
Aside from all of the incredible shopping and restaurants to visit whilst in Cardiff, we believe your day is best spent exploring the surrounding sights. Take Cardiff Castle for example which is perfect for a family day out.
Open from 9am – 6pm most days, there are so many things to see and do whilst inside the four walls. From the 50 minute house tour led by an expert guide, to exploring the war time shelters and open air theatre, there is so much information to absorb that we guarantee you’ll leave feeling like a fountain of knowledge. The medieval castle and Victorian Gothic mansion is actually one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions and is a site of international significance. Not one to be missed, the castle is located high within beautiful parklands at the heart of the capital. Not forgetting that the castle’s walls conceal 2,000 years worth of history, every minute spent here is worth it. To read more on everything you must see whilst there, be sure to head over to the website for more tickets and prices. Don’t forget to pick up a keepsake from the gift shop afterwards.
Most people will know that the 74,000 seater Principality Stadium is home to the Welsh Rugby Team and is also one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. The Stadium is well established as a world class venue and has played home to major sporting bodies and music artists over the years.
It’s not wonder the atmosphere is deemed to be ‘electric’ during a visit here as you experience a gig for the very first time, or explore the magnificent features that makes Stadium one of the most impressive icons of modern Wales. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or want to see the stadium for what it is first hand, take a personalised tour as you experience what it would be like before the build up before the match in the Dragon’s Lair, Wales’ team dressing room. Or if you want to imagine the crowd roar as you walk down the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf, you can do it all here.
What’s more, guests can take in the incredible panoramic view of the pitch from the VIP hospitality suite, lifting the trophy to the skies like a sporting superstar in the President’s Box. An incredible experience to be had by people of all ages, book your trip beforehand to avoid missing out. For more information on stadium tours, visit the Stadium website here. Tours of the Principality Stadium are available throughout the week starting at just £12.50 for adults and £9 for children.
Large enough to even have its own website, Cardiff Bay offers heaps to do for people of all ages – including multiple eateries, boat trips and cultural attractions. Be sure to take a pit stop at the boardwalk at Mermaid Quay which plays host to a whole variety of lively bars, restaurants and amusements. Or if a boat trip is more your thing, you can hit the water in several different ways from Mermaid Quay to see the bay from the water. Be daring a jump on a high speed inflatable RIB boat, or you can easily splash around on the water on a pleasure boat or water taxi.
Or if nature is more your calling, head out to the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve which was first created on the site of a former salt marsh. The wetland reserve is home to offers fantastic shelter for breeding birds. Watch your step and walk carefully along the gravel to the St. David’s Hotel, that can be found at the west end area of the reserve. Once here, you will spot a long boardwalk with a viewing area, which is a great spot for bird watching. Best of all, it’s completely free. Find out more on Cardiff Bay via their website.
St. Fagans National Museum of History
Three cheers for the free entry to the museum, commonly referred to as ‘St Fagans’ after the village where it is located. It’s is a stunning, open-air museum, welcoming all the family to emerge themselves in the historical lifestyle, culture, and architecture of the Welsh people.
Priding itself as a most-visited heritage attraction, the new welcome in 2018 with the main building and Gweithdy will showcase its brand new sustainable building celebrating the skills of makers past and present. New galleries will open in the autumn.
St Fagans National Museum of History stands in the grounds of the glorious St Fagans Castle – a 16th-century manor house donated to the people of Wales by the Earl of Plymouth. History has seen that over the last fifty years or so, more than fifty of its original buildings from different locations in Wales and from different historical periods have been re-built in the 100-acre parkland. This is not an opportunity to be missed!
Labelled as a ‘rambling riverside beauty spot with an arboretum’, Bute Park the beautiful Victorian gardens, friary ruins and a cafe which brings people to this very spot. Located on North Road, the green-heart-of-the-city park offers a vast area of mature parkland within Cardiff city centre. Aside from the stunning wildlife, natural play opportunities for kids and award-winning horticulture, Bute Park prides itself on a nationally-significant tree collection.
If you’re looking to stretch your legs during your day out, there is the perfect opportunity to stroll down a variety of self-led trails that will guide you on certain activities and topics. There is so much to discover, so be at one with nature and add this to your list when visiting Cardiff Centre. Park opens at 7:30am and closes at 9:00pm daily. Get involved on their website.