Staying in the UK for a weekend break definitely has it’s perks! We don’t have the airport hassle, we get to roadtrip (one of our fave ways to travel) and we can combine our trips with seeing friends and family! Plus – the UK is beautiful and so many of us don’t make the most of these places that are right on our doorstep!
Cardiff, the Welsh capital, is accessible by car, bus and train – it’s a location that EVERYONE can visit! Located close to the M4 / M50 and with three easily accessible train stations, it’s the ideal spot for a weekend break, and only a two hour train journey from London!
Marcus and I have visited the welsh capital a few times before and want to give you a short guide including what we recommend doing / seeing whilst you’re there.
Where to stay
Cardiff is full of loads of lovely hotels and airbnbs. We’re lucky we have family in Cardiff that we’ve always been able to stay with but there’s plenty of accommodation options, including the Mercure and Jury’s Inn – both of which I’ve been to for work events and are equally as lovely.
Things to do
- Roath Park / Lake
- Game day @ the Principality Stadium / A visit to the Prince of Wales Pub (particularly when the rugby is on!)
- Brunch (at one of the many amazing brunch spots)
- Afternoon Tea @ The Chapel
Roath Park / Lake
Located in the heart of Cardiff, Roath park is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon, and is full of wildlife. The large lake situated within the park is the perfect place for an easy Sunday stroll, and in summer you can even hire boats to take out onto the lake. The park is the perfect piece of tranquility in the middle of a busy city.
The stadium is in the heart of Cardiff and is home to the Welsh rugby team. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to a Welsh game when you’re in the capital, it’s well worth the money! The stadium has a great atmosphere and is in close proximity to plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants. We had the opportunity to see the Autumn Internationals South Africa v Wales game in 2017 and it was SO much fun!! The stadium roof was closed which only helped to create an incredible atmosphere – Well worth the visit if you get the chance!
If you aren’t lucky enough to get tickets to a game at the stadium, we’d definitely recommend making a trip to the Prince of Wales Pub to watch the game – we think it’s one of the best pubs / bars in Cardiff on game day – the atmosphere is fab!!
Like most cities, there are plenty of brunch spots that should definitely be on your list. During our most recent visit, we went to The Stag and the food was unreal!! A breakfast spot that should not be missed! Dishes range from a full
english welsh breakfast, to a breakfast stack to granola and yoghurt. This cafe is quirky, cosy and cute and is one of our favourite brunching spots!
There are plenty of other brunch spots including Juno Lounge, Cosy Club and Early Bird. All of these are worth a visit if you have enough time!
On our most recent visit to Cardiff, my sister and I had been gifted an afternoon tea at The Chapel that we wanted to take full advantage of! The building itself is stunning – an old converted Chapel with beautiful high ceilings and amazing features!
The castle is located right in the centre and cannot be missed. It looks so beautiful (like most things) when the sun is shining. There are tours you can do around the castle that are informative and go into more details of the history of the castle.
There are a variety of different tours ranging from the full castle tour, to a house or clock tower tours. These vary in price from £3.35 for the House Tour to £13 for a Castle ticket.
But there’s more..!
These are just some of the things we got up to / saw when last visiting Cardiff. There’s plenty more to do / see including Barry Island, Cardiff Bay, The Valleys and of course the infamous nightlife!
We’re currently in the Peak District – another weekend break close to home – and can’t wait to share what we get up to in a fortnights time!
Adios for now,
Love Char & Mar xxx