48 Hours in Cardiff

Cardiff – a historical and cultural city that has so much to offer. With countless attractions, it’s no wonder that over 18 million people visit the capital each year. Although fully experiencing Cardiff in 48 hours seems pretty much impossible, you can certainly give it one heck of a try! Here’s what you must do to make the most out of your stay. No matter the weather, this city has you covered! 

The First 24: Exploring the centre

The best way to start the day is with a stomach full of content. Head to one of the many quirky arcades in the centre for a spot of brunch. We’d recommend the mouth-watering breakfast burrito from Uncommon Ground, tucked away in Royal Arcade. This independent, gourmet coffee bar and roastery also boasts a great cuppa – perfect for all you coffee lovers!

Once your belly is full and you’ve had your morning coffee fix, stroll over to St David’s shopping centre and Queen’s Arcade for a little retail therapy. With a vast choice of high street brands and independent shops, you can spend hours spoiling yourself. There are even two courses of adventure mini-golf in St David’s if you fancy a break from all the shopping.

As you probably know, all that retail therapy will have your stomach grumbling again in no time. Now, take yourself to Madame Fromage in Castle Arcade. This cheese store houses 150 kinds of cheese from Artisan and award-winning farmhouse producers. It’s a favourite among locals and a must if you’re as much of a cheese lover as us! 

For your afternoon, why not spend it delving into Cardiff’s history? Take an hour to visit the epic Cardiff Castle – something not to be missed! The iconic site is nearly 2000 years old but had a grand interior makeover during the 19th century by architect William Burges. As you tour the castle, you’ll note intricate carvings and brilliantly rich colours that make for a spectacular Arabian, Gothic and Mediterranean style. What’s more, if you climb to the top of the keep you’ll get a superb view of the city. Be sure to check what’s on at the castle before you plan your trip to make sure you don’t miss any of the action-packed events, shows and entertainment hosted there.

Once you’re done, you can walk alongside the Animal Wall and behind the castle to Bute Park. Whether you decide to sit down on the grass and relax or follow the path until you hit the River Taff, Bute Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in Cardiff and worth every minute of exploring.

After a long day, you will probably want to chill out in your serviced apartment and cook your own meal – or even call on Deliveroo if you’re feeling a little lazy. However, if you fancy staying out to wine and dine, Bar 44 on Westgate Street has great flavour-filled tapas and vino. If you’re still thirsty after this, you can enjoy the rest of your night in one of Cardiff’s many bars.

The Last 24: Cardiff Bay and beyond

On your second day, we recommend visiting Cardiff Bay. The bay has many great attractions and is only 10 minutes by train from the city centre. However, if you’ve got time to kill, you can easily walk or rent a nextbike

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a spray-filled speed boat trip around the bay or get the adrenaline pumping at Cardiff’s International White Water Centre. Otherwise, just stroll around Mermaid Quay and soak up the atmosphere. There’s everything from bars, restaurants, ice-cream and coffee shops, amusements and a cinema – all with a stunning water view. You could even spend a couple of hours watching a theatrical show at Wales Millennium Centre. If you’re really feeling up for stretching those legs, then a walk along the Cardiff Bay Barrage wouldn’t go amiss! 

If you’re willing to venture a little outside of the centre and bay of Cardiff, another great way to spend your afternoon is at St Fagan’s National Museum of History – one of Wales’ most popular heritage attractions. And, it’s free! St Fagan’s is most famous for its historical buildings from different periods which have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland since 1948. You can also engage in traditional crafts and activities, and explore the gardens. As St Fagan’s is an open-air museum, it’s of course weather dependent. So, if it’s raining and you still want an educational afternoon, check out the National Museum Cardiff instead. 

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And of course, Jolly old Saint Nick will be making his annual visit. There be stalls filled with sweet Christmas treats and a delicious sounding marshmallow fire pit.

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Cardiffs Parks and spaces make it one of the greenest cities in the UK, this time of year can produce some of the most breathtaking days of the year. The orange and browns of the trees and the frosty glow of the trail in the morning is something to not be missed. 

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Fforest Fawr & Castell Coch

There are three heritage trails to choose from, a Sculpture Trail with wood carvings along the route, old mining caves and Castle Coch for touring.

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The trail leads from the Cardiff Bay to the St Fagans and is about 7 miles along the Ely River. Much of the trail is free of traffic and open to cyclists and walkers alike.

The famous Pont y Werin Bridge offers convenient access to the Ely Trail and the road leads to the riverbank of Grangemoor Park, passing the impressive Sports Village of Cardiff along the short stretch of the road.

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Follow Bwlch Road before a sharp right turn joins Landwade Close from the east. From there, from a path behind houses on Landwade Close, you can follow again the traffic-free trail. The route winds through Glan Ely Woods and finishes at the St Fagans National History Museum.

 

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From the iconic Cardiff Castle in middle of Cardiff to the formidable Castell Coch, the Cambrian Way begins on the banks of the Taff River. 

Walking through the amazing woods of Fawr and Ganol Forest, for about 9.5 miles.

After leaving Castle Cardiff, you have a lovely view of the Taff River, before going on to the beautiful Canal Glamorgan. The area is a sanctuary for wildlife and lets you forget that in a big contemporary community, you’re only surrounded by nature.

From the river, go to Castell Coch, the fairy tale and the surrounding forests. 

This will take you to the Rhymney Ridgeway Walk and the Thornhill Path A469. From here you can enjoy the Travelers Rest Pub hospitality before taking the bus back to the centre of Cardiff.

The Cambrian Way includes many biodiversity areas, a sanctuary for Otters and other animals on the lovely Bute Park and the River Taff, while Glamorgan Canal is excellent for wild oxen, herons and the chance to see a KingFisher. Forestry Fawr is also a forest with many designations for nature protection. 

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