Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Ultimate Reasons Why You MUST Visit Cardiff

Cardiff - the capital of Wales, known for its love for Rugby, vibrant city centre and mixture of city and countryside. I visit Cardiff frequently as my sister lives there and I keep falling in love every time I visit.

Reaching Cardiff couldn’t be easier, it has easy transport links to Southampton, London and the North of England, so it couldn’t be easier to take a trip there!

It has a mixture of vibrant nightlife, history and day trips to nearby villages and towns. It is a city fit for everyone from girl trips to family weekend getaways. So if you don’t fancy spending tons of money going abroad or just want a last minute trip, check out my reasons below for visiting Cardiff!







1 - Sport



Cardiff is massive for sport-lovers for many sports including football and cricket, but known for their love for rugby. There have been FA Cup Finals, Rugby League Challenges held in their venues including the Millennium Stadium when people visit Cardiff. .

Due to the varying landscape in Cardiff, it is a haven for cyclists. Cycling up the rolling hills and through the quaint countryside villages is a nice break from the city centre and can be enjoyed if you fancy taking a spin around on your bike! Cricket is becoming more popular in the welsh capital, with one of the Ashes Matches being held in the Swalec Stadium. If you are a sports lover and want to watch a match, make sure to visit Cardiff.


2 - History



It’s not all nightlife, sport and shopping in Cardiff. The city is surrounded by culture and history, when I got off the coach I was right next to historical buildings. You don’t get a lot of that in the centre of Bournemouth!

Cardiff Castle is smack bang in the middle of the centre, a building that has been around for centuries and came into prominence in the 19th century it has many reasons to visit. As well as holding concerts and event amongst it’s grounds, during the summer season visitors often stroll across the gardens.

For those wanting to go into the castle, entry is £10 and there are options to do a ghost tour and see it at night! Something different to do when you go and visit Cardiff!  


3 - Countryside



Cardiff is more than just the city centre, there is an amazing countryside surrounding the area, which is a great escape from the hustle and bustle. Visit Garth Mountain for a nice hike with the family, surrounded by epic views and countryside cattle.

The walk is worth it when you get to the top!

Llandaff Village and Cathedral is another cute little place to visit when in Cardiff. The birthplace of Roald Dahl is a popular little trip when in the capital. Technically it is a city, but has a village vibe from the greenery and attractive little houses. So make sure to visit Cardiff and take advantage of its varying landscape.



4 - Nightlife


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I can’t lie, one of the best things I love about Cardiff is it’s nightlife. From the top clubs to independent concerts it really has a mixture suited to everyone. For a big night out consider going to Glam, Retro and Pulse.

For a chilled night in bars or pubs there are a variety including Dirty Martini, 10 Feet Tall and Buffalo. All completely different types of venues and have their own quirky style. That is the best thing about Cardiff, everything about it is stylish!



5 - Vintage Shops



I do love my high-street shops, and if you do too, Cardiff will be suited to your needs because they have a massive selection of shops and they are HUGE. My sister always has the most unique clothing and they always come from independent clothing stores, and Cardiff has plenty of shops like this.

Jacob’s Market, Hobos and Cardiff Fashion Quarter are just a few examples I can give of places to buy weird and wonderful creations!




6 - Food and Drink



As mentioned in previous blog posts and especially in my previous post How to Spend 48 Hours in Cardiff, I LOVE their food selection.

Cardiff is a massive city, so there are lots of restaurants to choose from. Again, as mentioned in my previous post Gin and Juice and Wahaca are my two favs in Cardiff. Gin and Juice is a, how can I explain it? I can’t it’s too difficult, in a good way, it is so unique. I would say vintage to a degree, but with a fashionable twist. All I know is that they have comfy and cute velvet seats, amazing bagels and awesome music. Just please go when you visit Cardiff.

Wahaca, of Wahaca, blows any other Mexican/Southern American Food Franchise out of the water. I have tasted this food in Spain and been made by friends from Mexico, and this food by far comes the closest to it.

The chicken and guacamole quesadillas and the churros with salted caramel sauce….I didn’t speak to my family whilst eating it because it was too good!



7 - TV Experience

Many TV shows have been filmed in Cardiff including Doctor Who, Sherlock and Torchwood. So it is no shock that many people go to these locations and take a nice selfie.

If you are anything like myself and are a massive fan of Gavin and Stacey, take a trip to Barry Island there are plenty of places that have been featured in the TV Series and would be amazing to visit!




8 - Day Trips



Being the capital of Wales, Cardiff has great transport links and has some great day trips on offer. There are two amazing national parks to explore: The Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia. Both popular for their mountainous treks and breath-taking views.  

You aren’t too far from the coast either, there is the Pembrokeshire Coastline, Swansea and Barry Island. It is easy to lose your track of time in these beautiful parts of Wales and Cardiff isn’t too far from any of these destinations so access is easy!




9 - Friendly People



I have always found the people of Cardiff so friendly, whether I have met them in Cardiff or anywhere in England. I didn’t notice it really until this year, I am older and more confident when speaking to people.

Whether it was meeting my sisters friends or the waiters in Wahaca, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. So when you decide to visit Cardiff, hospitality is something not to worry about because you will get a warm welcome!


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There we have it! My top 10 reasons to visit Cardiff for your next weekend trip, whether last minute or planned! The Welsh Capital is a stunning place to visit and spend with your friends and family.

Cardiff isn’t a one trick pony and has lots to offer, so Cardiff really is a place for anyone. I hope you enjoyed my post on reasons to visit Cardiff, I start my summer job tomorrow but that doesn’t mean I will be neglecting my blog!

I have the next few weeks to book my trip to Europe and will be updating you all on that! Hope everyone had a good week!

Mol xo

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