8 Best Things To Do in Cardiff For Fun Weekend Breaks

Looking for some things to do in Cardiff? I have been to Cardiff, Wales a number of times. Let me help you in choosing the best Cardiff attractions and guide you on what to do in this Welsh city.

Wales is known for its beautiful countryside landscapes, rugged beaches and charming coastal towns. So without a doubt, it’s a famous destination for British holidaymakers for a short weekend break.

Cardiff is the capital of Wales, one of the four kingdoms in the UK. The city has been known for its rich history and academic excellence.  Before we share the list of what to do in Cardiff, let’s begin first with how to get here and its history.

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Best Things To Do in Cardiff For Fun Weekend Breaks

1. Cardiff Castle

Address: Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB

Cardiff Castle is a massive stone fortress that dates back to 50AD and it is truly a remarkable place. Visiting this castle is definitely one of the best things to do in Cardiff if you’re a history geek. Rebuilt in the 1800s, it is now a fairytale castle perched at the heart of the city.

Best things to do in Cardiff: Visit the Cardiff castle by the High St.
Best things to do in Cardiff: Visit the Cardiff castle by the High St.

Cardiff castle’s history began in Roman times and then was passed on to the Normans. It was then passed on to various families who took over the lordship of Cardiff.

Cardiff Castle
Best things to do in Cardiff, Wales: Visit the Cardiff Castle

Your visit to Cardiff cannot complete without visiting Cardiff castle. You can buy tickets to get into the impressive Castle Apartments, exhibits, Battlement Walk, bomb shelters used in World War II, and a Norman keep. For the House Tour, you may have to pay extra to access the amazing rooftop garden, along with other private rooms. Join this guided tour around Cardiff Castle to fully enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the castle.

2. Enjoy various Cardiff museums

The Welsh capital is well known for various museums. Apart from endless options for shopping, with lots of activities and things to do in Cardiff it also houses a range of interesting museums that will pique your interests.

 St. Fagan National Museum – It is an open-air museum, which greets visitors across 40 different doorways. One of the unique tourist attractions in the UK, St. Fagan National Museum is a range of buildings (including a chapel, homes, a school, and a farm) in different historical styles. Here, you can get through the past from one door to another and get inspiration from the traditional crafts of Wales. Entry is free here.

National Museum of Cardiff – Visiting the National Museum of Cardiff is one of the best activities in Cardiff, especially when the weather is not so friendly. Located next to Cathays Park, the National Museum exhibits a  large collection of natural history, contemporary charm, and the exciting Evolution of Wales Galleries. Also, look for the dinosaur skeletons that once lived in Wales around 2 million years ago and the woolly mammoth.

Techniquest – If you have a curious mind, Techniquest is the hands-on science museum for you. You may not see signs like ‘Please don’t touch the exhibit’. Have a super exciting day out to learn things, which do not have to be boring. It is definitely one of the best places to see in Cardiff.

3. Cardiff Bay

Head towards Cardiff Bay and visit the largest waterfront development in Europe where you can get breathtaking views of iconic landmarks like the Norwegian Church and Pierhead, along with Wetlands Nature Reserve and the old docks. You can take the guided boat tours that are available regularly from Penarth Barrage and Mermaid Quay and it lasts up to 45 minutes.

Cardiff Bay
Best things to do in Cardiff, Wales: Visit the Cardiff Bay

Visit the Craft in the Bay after cruising, which is a well-known exhibition of work by craft makers in Wales. You can also visit the regular workshops over there. Enjoy the beauty of Cardiff bay by joining this guided tour.

4. Visit the Wales Millennium Centre

Address: Bute Pl, Cardiff CF10 5AL

The Millenium Centre is a venue, which hosts comedians, huge bands, and theatre shows and has a capacity of 2500 guests. This venue is made completely of metal, wood, glass, and slate sourced in the country in 2004.

Millennium centre cardiff
Best things to do in Cardiff, Wales: Visit the Wales Millenium Centre

You can expect to see contemporary dance, opera, and the big rock, pop, and international musicians in any week. You can also get discounts at the restaurant, café, and bar, exclusive seats, and money off tickets if you are a member. Explore various tourist attractions by joining this tour with a local guide or the Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus.

5. Visit Castell Coch

Address: Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JS

Castell Coch is a Gothic Revival castle that dates back 19th century built in South Wales. It is one of the most beautiful castles across Cardiff. It was built in the Victorian Era but it has the feel of the Middle Age, which seems it has come from a fairy tale.

Castel Coch in Cardiff
Best things to do in Cardiff, Wales: Visit the Castell Coch
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It is a bit outside the limits of the city and it will definitely be seen if you visit here by car. Thanks to the High Victorian interiors and the external facades of Castell Coch, a historian, David McLees, has described it as one of the legendary Victorian victories of architectural composition.

Based on the studies by George Clark, an antiquarian in the 19th century, the exterior is quite authentic and Burges adapted its three stone towers to present a beautiful silhouette, which is closer to the European castles on the mainland.

6. Enjoy Cardiff nightlife

For party lovers and nightlife enthusiasts, there are so many bars and pubs in Cardiff, which are the open whole night. It is one of the great activities in Cardiff!

Whether looking for a sophisticated evening while enjoying Champagne or partying hard by night, you can definitely find something for everyone. Small bars and pubs have taken their place with their own styles and personalities. They have stunning artwork, beautiful décor, and a whole range of fresh cocktails and delicious drinks. 

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7. Chapter Art Centre

Address: Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Chapter Art Centre is one of the most dynamic and largest art centres in Europe with theatres, cinemas, studios, exhibition spaces, café, more than 60 cultural workspaces, and award-winning bars.

The chapter is globally renowned for innovation, excellence, and collaboration. You can also catch the ever-changing programme of films, performances, and exhibitions from across the world. The art centre is open 7 days a week and entry is free.

8. Roath Park

Address: Lake Rd W, Cardiff CF23 5PA

Roath Park stands beautifully in an ideal location at the heart of the bustling capital city. The park still holds the classic atmosphere of Victorian Park where both visitors and local residents can have a great time at leisure in several pursuits. Roath Park has plenty of horticultural and historic interests, with diverse environs in the park. Roath Park is land donated to the city by the Marquess of Bute in 1887.

Roath Lake Scott Memorial in Cardiff
Best things to do in Cardiff, Wales: Visit Roath Park

Initially, the work was based on creating a lake from the marshland area. A lighthouse was built in the lake having the scale model of a ship ‘Terra Nova’ as a Captain Scott memorial who sailed from Cardiff to the Antarctic in the year 1910.

Today, the atmosphere of the park still holds the Victorian charm and it is renowned as a Conservation Area to protect these qualities. The park is known to have different types of habitats, which appeal to a huge range of wildlife. It serves as a vital habitat for breeding and wintering birds like herons, cormorants, and mallards.

If you are looking for a travel itinerary read more of Best UK Travel Itinerary for 2 Weeks. I hope that these best things to do in Cardiff will help you plan your weekend breaks.

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8 Best Things To Do in Cardiff For Fun Weekend Breaks

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ryazan Tristram

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Ryazan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She also has more than 10 years of work experience gained from working in the hotel and travel sectors in Asia and Europe. Her work has been featured and published on Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Discovery Channel, World Travel Guide, MSN, CNBC, GMA, Daily Mail UK, Lonely Planet and many more. She is currently living in the UK as a dual citizen (British – Filipina). Join her in travelling around the UK and beyond with a mission to promote sustainable tourism and share travel guides, travel tips, foodies, history and culture.

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