Starting a holiday is one of the most exciting things you can possibly do. Wherever you’re visiting, you have a plethora of sites to visit, but indecision strikes over where to go first. Whether you’re visiting for a week, fortnight or even staying somewhere for a gap year, it can be difficult to keep yourself occupied if you’ve seen everything within the first couple of days. Luckily, you won’t have that problem when coming over to Cardiff. Whether you’re staying in Cardiff hotels or somewhere more permanent, you’ll have a lot to do in the Welsh capital.
Finding things to do in Cardiff and the rest of South Wales is easy, no matter how long you’re staying for. If you’re spending a weekend break staying in the Ibis hotel Cardiff gate or staying with a friend for a gap year, the whole area has enough parks, sporting venues, cultural hotspots, bars and restaurants to keep you entertained throughout your stay. If you’re a student on a gap year, then Cardiff has everything you could possibly want. As you would expect, Wales’s largest city has innumerate activities for everyone to do.
For sports fans, the Millennium Stadium is Wales’ national stadium. The 72,000 all-seater venue is home to the national rugby union team, as well as occasionally hosting the Welsh national football team. The stadium also hosts its fair share of pop concerts and the renowned Welsh National Opera. Elsewhere in the city, the Cardiff International Arena hosts live music and sporting events such as world title boxing matches.
If you’re looking to save money on visiting attractions, then Cardiff has many places where you don’t need to spend a penny to enjoy yourself. For students keen on learning, the National Museum and Art Gallery is free to enter, featuring exhibitions relating to both Wales and the rest of the world.
On a quiet weekday morning in the city centre, you may fancy going on a shopping trip. Cardiff is one of the best cities in the whole of the UK to shop, and has an eclectic mix of modern indoor shopping centres, Victorian arcades, markets and modern pedestrianized streets packed with international and local retailers.
During the day, it might be worth walking round one of Cardiff’s many parks. Bute Park and Roath Park are two of the city’s largest inner-city parks, and are an ideal place to spend a warm summer’s afternoon taking in views of the surrounding area. Another great way to spend an afternoon is going to one of the city’s many cinemas. There are multi-screen cinemas scattered around both the city centre and Cardiff Bay.
After an enjoyable and activity-packed day, you’ll want to end it perfectly, and there’s no better way than eating out at one of Cardiff’s many fine restaurants. The centre and suburbs are packed with eateries serving local and world cuisine, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of the city. However, the breathtakingly modern Cardiff Bay area is perhaps the perfect location to enjoy an evening meal. The Miller and Carter Restaurant and Bar, Signor Valentino’s and Bosphorus Turkish Restaurant are three of the best on offer.