Did you know?
Roald Dahl grew up in Cardiff in a Norwegian family and was christened in the little Norwegian church in Cardiff Bay. Dahl’s semi-autobiographical book ‘Boy’ is set in Wales.
Where is it?
The vibrant city of Cardiff can be found on the south coast of Wales. It is a port city located where the River Taff meets the Severn Estuary.
What to do
A beautiful area of mature parkland within Cardiff’s city centre, Bute Park is the idyllic ‘Green Heart of the City’ and just a short walk from the city’s main high streets. Between the self-led trails and activities, the park also has a nationally-significant tree collection, education centre as well as not one but three cafes.
Widely regarded as one of the most successful regeneration projects in the United Kingdom, Cardiff Bay is the place to shop, eat and drink in Cardiff. With sight-seeing buses, open-boat Cardiff cruises and an Aquabus, the bay is ideal for visitors looking to get the most out of Cardiff. It’s also home to the wonderfully wacky Doctor Who Experience – an immersive extravaganza for all the Whovians out there!
The St. Fagans National History Museum
A museum worth a visiting is the St. Fagans National History Museum, rated #1 on TripAdvisor for best attraction in Cardiff. Showing how different life and culture was back in the day, it’s an enlightening experience topped off by quaint old fashioned sweet shop and interactive activities on hand. Take a picnic with you and sit down in one of the many lovely and grassy areas around the museum for a relaxing day out.
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What to eat
For amazing food in the heart of Cardiff, we say go for the highly rated and I Giardini di Sorrento, easy to find on City Road. For amazing homemade pasta dinners and superb post-meal coffees, this really is the place. We recommend the baked aubergine filled with mozarella & a tomato sauce for the veggies and for the carnivores? Go for the steak with peppercorn sauce or the succulent veal. Enjoy this rustic, quirky venue and experience a meal to remember!
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Where to stay
A 15 minute drive from Cardiff city centre, this spacious rental is the perfect family friendly getaway in near the big city. Situated in the pretty Welsh village of Taff’s Well, the nearby Taff Trail is great for walkers and cyclists of all kinds. There are also nearby museums and castles, and it’s a short drive to lovely sandy beaches. The property itself features a patio for al fresco dining and has a DVD player for cosy nights in. And there’s on-site parking!
Tempted by a last-minute visit? Wales has a lovely selection of cottages in all shapes and sizes. View them here…