A day and night out in Cardiff – Wales

When you start a holiday, you’re always eager to see as many sights as you can, but if you get too excited, you end up seeing them all, and if you’re holidaying over the course of a week or fortnight, you find yourself bored with a few days still to go. Fortunately, when visiting Cardiff, you won’t have that problem.

Visit Cardiff, Capital of Wales Photo: cardiffandco on Flickr

Visit Cardiff, Capital of Wales

Many people don’t have the time to go on a week-long break, but day and night breaks can be just as relaxing. You can take in plenty of sights, with time left to have a meal at one of the Welsh capital’s outstanding restaurants before retreating to one of those comfortable, welcoming Cardiff hotels for a great night’s sleep.

As you would expect from a capital city, Cardiff is jam packed with attractions. It has numerous parks, sporting and cultural venues, historical sites, top-class shops and eateries, all of which make the city a fantastic place to spend a weekend in.

Wales Millennium Centre Photo: cardiffandco of Flickr

Wales Millennium Centre

The Millenium Stadium, the home of the Welsh national rugby union team, is one of Europe’s largest purpose-built sporting venues. As well as hosting top-class sporting events, the stadium also hosts concerts for rock and pop groups, plus the amazing Welsh National Opera.

Cardiff plays host to Wales’ National Museum and Art Gallery, which puts on various exhibitions with relevance to both the local area and the wider world. Admission is free, so if you’re holidaying with children, this is an ideal place for the whole family to visit.

Shopping in St David's Photo: cardiffandco of Flickr

Shopping in St David’s

Parks are plentiful in Cardiff, and if you’re looking for a peaceful weekend, then a stroll through Bute Park on the edge of the city centre, or Roath Park, which lies within its leafy suburbs could be the answer. Cardiff has more parkland per capita than any other major city in the UK, so you’re spoilt for choice.

Other attractions of note include St. David’s Hall, which is one of the country’s best concert halls, the magnificent Cardiff Castle and the inspiring St. David’s Cathedral. Shopping in Cardiff is a joy, particularly around precincts such as St. David’s, Royal Arcade and the Capitol Centre.

Cardiff Castle Photo: cardiffandco of Flickr

Cardiff Castle

Once you’ve taken in all the sights, then why not cap off your day by having a meal at one of the many top-class restaurants in the breathtakingly modern Cardiff Bay area. Eateries such as Signor Valentino’s, Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant and Miller and Carter Restaurant and Bar offer flavours from South Wales and beyond, and are guaranteed to re-energise you after taking in all the sights of this wonderful, underrated city.

Eating out in Cardiff Photo: cardiffandco of Flickr

Eating out in Cardiff

When you’ve finished your meal, then you’re able to retreat to a quality hotel such as the Ibis Hotel Cardiff Gate and sleep soundly in a freshly-made bed knowing that you’ve had the best day break imaginable, and if there’s anywhere you didn’t see, you can always come back for another trip.

Photo Credits: All photos by cardiffandco

More Things to see in Wales

Walking In Wales – 10 Easy And Inspirational Day Walks
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A snowy break at Laswern Fawr holiday in the Brecon Beacons, Wales – video

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    February 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Love that image of eating outside, around the water’s edge. That looks fantastic.

    Cardiff Castle might have turned out a mess. After all it was a Norman site, tarted up and expanded in the 19th century in a neo-Gothic remake. But it turned out beautifully. The park is a delight, and the inside decorations are a delight also. I particularly admire the Arab Hall.

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    February 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Really like Wales, though I’ve not made it to Cardiff yet. Cardiff Castle looks fabulous. We’re going to Aberystwyth this summer for my oldest daughter’s graduation. Think we have to go south as well.
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    July 8, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Cardiff is really a perfect place for holidays. There are many amazing attractions to see there. A trip to cardiff is always full of enjoyment.

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      Heather Cowper
      July 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      @John Also Cardiff is the gateway to Wales, best place if you love the great outdoors

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