While it might not automatically leap to the top of the pile when drawing up a mental list of dream day trip destinations, Cardiff has a whole host of enjoyable activities on offer. Whether you’re after a day of culture or something altogether more raucous, there are plenty of options available to you. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
1. Eat Cardiff’s favourite snacks
Cardiff offers a range of local delicacies that you would be mad to miss. Take a wander along Cardiff Bay and sample the delights held within Fabulous Welshcakes, a shop specialising in the traditional Welsh snack. If you’re looking for something meatier, look no further than Clarks’ Pies, which have been synonymous with the city since 1912.
2. Enjoy local history
Wales is famous for its spectacular castles, and Cardiff is home to two fine examples. Cardiff Castle, situated in the heart of the city centre, is steeped in 2,000 years of history, while Castell Coch is a spectacular 19th Century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a 13th Century structure on the outskirts of the city.
3. Take in some culture
Cardiff museums offer something for everyone, regardless of age. Kids of all ages will have a blast at Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, which offers eye-popping exhibitions, a science theatre and a stunning planetarium. The National Museum Cardiff is also a fantastic option, offering displays covering art, archaeology, natural history and geology. The city centre’s beautiful Old Library is currently playing host to The Cardiff Story, a series of exhibitions demonstrating the story of how Cardiff came to be how it is today.
4. Undergo retail therapy
Cardiff is sixth in the UK’s retail rankings, with its expanded St David’s shopping centre currently the third busiest mall in the UK. When you throw the Victorian arcades into the mix, with their fill of quirky, independent shops, you’ve got a shopaholic’s dream. Be sure to bring plenty of spending money!
5. Get sporty
If you’re a fan of sport, you’re spoilt for choice in Cardiff. One option is to take in a game or take part at the famous Millennium Stadium, which plays host to everything from rugby to speedway. Alternatives include football and rugby at Cardiff City Stadium, cricket at SWALEC Stadium, ice hockey at Cardiff Arena or athletics at Cardiff International Sports Stadium – plus many more! The city will also host Olympic football in 2012.
Whatever you’re into, Cardiff has more than enough on offer to pack out an exciting day out or weekend break. And with plenty of online deals to be had, hotels in Cardiff are available at entirely reasonable prices, making it an inexpensive destination.