Looking for your next city break?!? Look nor further than a staycation in Cardiff Wales! Cardiff the vibrant capital of Wales full of history, character & charm & just one click away.
Cardiff has plenty to offer families, couples & solo travelers from Castles right through to waters sports here’s our top 10 activities to keep you entertained in Cardiff.
Here we countdown our top 10 attractions for your staycation in Cardiff Wales…..Have any attractions / activities you think we should add to the list? Leave a comment below & share with us your favourites.
10. City Of Arcades
Our city is home to a selection of Edwardian & Victorian arcades ranging from Duke Street Arcade to the ever popular High Street Arcade. Inside the arcades is a fantastic collection of independent retailers from book stores to record stores & some of the most renowned new venues for food & drink. Cardiff’s oldest record store Spillers can be found in the Morgan Arcade, which dates back to 1894 & it has a superb collection of CD’s Vinyls & memorabilia it is definitely one to check out.
9. Cardiff Library
A stunning modern building right in Cardiff’s town centre situated in the heart of the Hayes, Cardiff library boasts fantastic facilities. From children’s area on a secure level with computers available, Books, DVDs, Cd’s & more. There are regular activities & story time sessions available for Children these change seasonally but there is always something going on in Cardiff’s library. Within the library is a grand piano that can be rented out so some days you may hear an accomplished pianist practicing within the facility.
8. Roath Park & Arboretum
A beautiful open space right in the heart of Cardiff. There’s plenty for families to do from taking out rowing boats & pedalos to taking a stroll through the lush green flower gardens. Standing proud at the forefront of the lake is the ever popular landmark the light house which was constructed in the lake containing a scale model of the Terra Nova ship as a memorial to Captain Scott who sailed to the Antartic from Cardiff in 1910. The lake is home to some fantastic wildlife such as ducks, swans & even herons which can be seen throughout your walk around the lake. Neighbouring parks include Roath Park recreation ground which features outdoor tennis courts, lovely greenery & plants as well as football pitches & local children’s play areas.
7. Pierhead Building Cardiff Bay
Nicknamed the ‘Big Ben of Cardiff’ as it has a clockface that resembles the London landmark. The Pierhead building is home to a number of films & archives exploring Welsh history & has space for public events & speeches organised by the National Assembly. This Grade I listed building, features fantastic architecture with a French gothic theme Gargoyles, friezes & hexagonal chimney’s are some of the quirky features of this iconic building.
6. Cardiff Bay Barrage
A firm favourite with many is walking across the barrage not only can you see beautiful boats & yachts coming in & out of the bay it’s a fantastic way to spend time strolling & taking in the beautiful views that Cardiff Bay & Penarth have to offer. When walking through the barrage, be sure to check out the 10 meter long crocodile which was installed to mark the 100 year birth of Roald Dahl. Adidas have also opened an outdoor gym/activity centre, which can also be found towards the Bay end of the barrage walk. Perfect for getting the family fit!
5. St Fagans National History Museum
Step back in time & see Wales historic past come to life with this fantastic open air museum. St Fagans is a living museum you will see people craftspeople practicing skills & selling their wares. St Fagans is one of Europes leading open air museums & Wales most popular heritage attraction.
4. Penarth Pier
Take a lovely afternoon stroll across Penarth Pier, it’s an absolutely lovely art deco building that has been welcoming tourists since 1898 & has stunning sea views, an array of shops, cafes & restaurants. Our top tip, why not go to Penarth Pier late evening & enjoy fish & chips on the pier whilst watching the sunset there’s plenty of benches & the views are just stunning.
3. Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail
Dig out those walking boots, it’s time to go out & enjoy the woods! Yes, that’s right Castell Coch has an absolutely fantastic sculpture trail right in the heart of it’s woodlands. In 2018, certain sculptures were replaced as they had been damaged by the elements & have now been replaced with new sculptures of animals that used to roam the Welsh woodlands. It’s roughly 1.5 miles long & on you walk around you will be able to see horses in the neighbouring fields as well as Castell Coch it’s self.
2. Bute Park & Arboretum
Our slice of green heaven right in the heart of Cardiff’s city centre & is one of the largest parks in Wales. Featuring an historic animal wall, in which families can see sculptures of lions, hyenas & apes. Fancy getting fit? There’s a fitness trail for adults as well as a woodland trail for kids all located near the summer house cafe. There’s an interactive QR Trail, where you will need to download an app this trail takes you across 14 points of interests across the park making it an enjoyable interactive family experience. There’s numerous plants & wildlife within the park & breath taking views of the Castle & city greenery.
1. Cardiff Castle
Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales. The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort. Cardiff Castle is one of Wales top attractions &brings in tourists from around the globe be sure to check out the gold leaf ceiling room it’s a must on every travellers list.
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