As the capital city of Wales, you might expect Cardiff to be a bustling city. However, it is often overlooked as a perfect weekend destination — and that is a mistake, we think, that needs rectifying. Here is just a taste of the myriad of eclectic activities that can be enjoyed over the course of a weekend in Cardiff. If the weather is nice, go to Signor Valentino to eat some unforgettable food outside.
Overlooking Mermaid Cove, this refined Italian eatery serves up authentic dishes that are made fresh in their open-air kitchen. Whether you are going full-on for the three-course banquet, or simply nibbling antipasti to accompany the wine, the views from the ground-floor balcony transport you to the Italian Riviera. A true local favourite, the Daffodil is the sort of pub you will never want to leave. With its modern but cosy interior, comfortable seats, and a genuine fireplace, it is the ideal spot to kick back, grab a pint — or any other tipple — with. Their tempting menu uses ingredients sourced proudly from local suppliers.
From brunch, sandwiches, and hearty snacks, to afternoon tea, there is a tasty dish to please every appetite — at all times of the day. Cardiff Castle, located proudly at the centre of the city, is an absolute must-see attraction for those visiting the Welsh capital. Originally built by Romans, the 2000-year-old keep has been used for centuries, from the Normans through the numerous medieval aristocrats that called it home.
Filled with history and filled with thrilling seasonal attractions, Cardiff Castle has something for everyone and one of the most popular things to do in Cardiff. There are guided tours of the stunning interiors, for those really wanting to experience the fascinating history of the castle. Or, if you prefer something a bit more contemporary, you can delve into the ghostly atmosphere on Halloween, with their famous underground movie nights. The castle is even home to an ice rink during the Christmas season, so you can get into the festive spirit. The Millennium Centre, in Cardiff, is the home of performing arts, with a National Orchestra and Opera, Dance Theatre, and Literature companies.
Featuring West End shows as well as stand-up comedy, there is truly something for everyone. If you are interested in popping in, there are daily performances in the foyer for free, as well as tours – plus bars and restaurants for whetting your whistle after the performance. It is worth visiting from the outside too; the stunning exterior was featured on both Torchwood and Doctor Who!. . Voted as the #1 Things To Do In Cardiff, the Welsh games are a day out like no other. Grab some friends and join us for a day of crazy, Welsh-themed games that will leave everybody stitched together.
Whether it is challenging your mates to one-on-one duffin’ daffyds, or racing your partners dressed as huge dragons in drunken dragons, nine hilarity-filled activities ensure an unforgettable day for all. Do not forget to have the event organizer snap photos and videos of your games for posterity (or bragging rights!). If you want to venture a bit further afield, try West Country Games, which offers a similarly energetic and fun day out in Bristol. From Welly Wagging to the Vicky Pollard handbag, this fantastically themed west country game offers some of the best things to do in Bristol for groups of all sizes. With all that is going on in the world at the moment, who does not need some TLC?.
Luckily, St Davids hotel in Cardiff has just the cure. The centrally located five-star hotel is a small piece of paradise in our hectic world, offering exquisite food and dream-inducing beds that make the ideal overnight rest. Voco, the hotels luxe spa, offers an extensive array of treatments and relaxation facilities, from bubbling water beds to saunas and steam rooms.
Make it a day, and book yourself into treatment (with organic Ishga seaweed skincare products), then enjoy a soothing soak, then replenish yourself with lunch at the Spas restaurant. You will walk away feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy all that Cardiff has to offer.