My City Guide: Cardiff

Welcome to the first post in my new series ‘My City Guide’ where I’ll be telling you my favourite things to do in different cities I’ve visited. As it’s St. David’s Day, I’m going to kick the series off with Things To Do In Cardiff. I’ve been going to Cardiff my whole life because I live about a 20-minute drive from the Capital. I love Cardiff and I feel so lucky to live so close to a city that has so much to do. This post will be a little different to the rest of the cities I cover in this series because I’m so familiar with it whereas in my other posts I’ll just be telling you things I’ve done in each city that were fun. To make this a little easier, I’ve split everything up into categories.

Things To Do In Cardiff

Entertainment

If you’re a fan of musicals then the Millennium Centre is the place for you! I’ve seen so many shows in the Millennium and it’s such a beautiful theatre! If you prefer plays then the New Theatre may be better for you. It has lots of plays as well as musicals throughout the year and a pantomime at Christmas. It’s quite a bit smaller than the Millennium but again, it’s a lovely theatre.

Wales Millennium Centre

The Millennium Centre

For music fans, the Motorpoint Arena is where to be for live music. Some of the biggest artists in the world have been to this arena but they also have comedians and sporting events throughout the year. If you prefer something a bit smaller then St David’s Hall have numerous orchestra performances throughout the year as well as singers, comedians and dancers.

Shopping

Cardiff is perfect for all you shopaholics! There are loads of shopping arcades as well as a few streets filled with shops. We have all the regular shops you get in most cities like Primark, New Look, Next, River Island etc but in the smaller arcades we have cute little shops and cafes that I’m pretty sure aren’t part of chains and they’re just so sweet.

Food

One of my favourite cafes in Cardiff is located in Cardiff Bay and it’s called The Deck. I’ve only been there a couple of times but I love it. They have the nicest cakes ever and one of the best afternoon teas. You can read more about The Deck in my review here.

In one of the shopping centres, there’s an entire section full of restaurants like TGI Fridays, Nandos, Pizza Express, Yo Sushi and loads more so you will be spoiled for choice!

For The Kids

There are so many things to do in Cardiff with the kids! In the summer, the place to be is the Cardiff Bay beach. In the picture you can see below, that whole space (which is bigger than it actually looks in the picture) is filled with fairground rides and a beach. They have a little fenced off area with sand, deck chairs and a little pool so you have the fun of the beach but you don’t have to worry about the kids in the sea.

Cardiff Bay

Because we’re talking about Wales, it’s probably more likely that you’ll get rain and if this happens, you can take the kids to Techniquest. It’s this huge centre filled with science-y activities that are so much fun and the kids won’t realise they’re learning or doing anything educational. Aside from all of those activities, they have a planetarium where they do shows like Star Tour which is about the planets and constellations. I used to love going to Techniquest when I was younger. I think it’s where I went on my first ever school trip at the age of 5!

Techniquest

Me and my friend Abigail at Techniquest a couple of years ago

Things To See

Cardiff has a museum and it has free entry to lots of exhibits including dinosaurs and the art gallery. The best thing is you can go to whichever sections you want, you don’t go in one door and have to go around the entire museum, you can just choose the things that interest you.

Like many cities, Cardiff has an Open Top Bus to show you the sights of the city. Now, I haven’t actually done this but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for so long, when we go away, we always use the open top bus to see a new city but we haven’t done it in our own city!

The final thing on my list of things to do in Cardiff is Cardiff Castle. It’s one of the landmarks of Cardiff and it’s where the open top bus starts so you could do both! The prices for entry to the castle vary depending on age etc but the standard adult ticket is £12.50 (see the full price list here) and with that ticket, you have access to The Castle Grounds, Castle Apartments, the Norman Keep, Wartime Tunnels, Interpretation Centre, Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier and you get a Free Audio Guide (subject to availability). Personally, I don’t think that’s a bad price for what you get.

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

I hope you enjoyed this first post of My City Guide my list of things to do in Cardiff! I haven’t decided how often I’ll be posting these yet or which day but I will be looking for guest posters so if you’ve been to a city or you just want to write about your local city and you want to tell us what you recommend doing in that city, please email me at emsworld.blog1@gmail.com, I’d love to hear from you!

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