48 hours might not sound like a lot of time to spend in a city, but if you know exactly how to spend your time, you’ll maximize it! Since we’re the experts, we’ve outlined the perfect way to spend 48 hours in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, including all the best sightseeing spots there is to see.
A bright and early start to the day, head to Cardiff Bay for some breakfast or brunch. Cardiff Bay is Europe’s largest waterfront development hosting a great variety of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. Bill’s restaurant is an ideal spot to fuel your day with both traditional and continental options. Even if you don’t get some breakfast at Cardiff Bay, you could always head back later in the evening to enjoy the bars.
Once fueled with a hearty breakfast, Cardiff Castle has to be the first sightseeing spot on your agenda. Wales is known for its many castles, but Cardiff Castle is definitely the most fascinating. Located in the city centre, it’s hard to miss. Visitors can explore the castle at their own pace with an audio guide for £14.50 and see the fairy-tale Castle Apartments, climb to the top of the Norman Keep and visit the Firing Line.
Next stop, Bute Park. You won’t have to travel too far to get here as it’s located directly behind Cardiff Castle and is a short walk from the city’s main high streets. Bute Park is 130 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle, perfect for a stroll or cycle on a sunny day.
Tour the arcades
Not only is Cardiff a city of castles and culture, it’s a city of arcades too. Seven Victorian and Edwardian arcades can be found in the heart of the city, each with a collection of independent stores. Whether it’s for some afternoon shopping or a light lunch any one of the seven arcades offers a unique experience.
Catch a show at the Millennium Centre
Wales Millennium Centre is the international performing arts centre for Wales, located in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Shows take place at the centre throughout the year, like musicals, concerts and comedian performances. Catching a show at the Millennium Centre is a great way to spend an evening in Cardiff and witness the local talents.
Otherwise known as the Principality Stadium, the Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales and home to the Wales national rugby union team. Take a guided tour around the stadium and see the home dressing room, press conference suite, players tunnel, VIP suites, and President’s Box. Whether you’re a fan of sports or not, this is a great experience for all.
Cardiff Central Market
No city break would be complete without a trip to a market. The Victorian indoor market is set in the heart of the city where it has occupied the same site for over 100 years. Here, you’ll find a great variety of products ranging from traditional Welsh cuisine and street food, to vintage clothing and second-hand records.
The National Museum Cardiff
Art, science and historic artefacts – you’ll find it all in the National Museum of Cardiff. With free entry, there’s no reason not to visit the museum. On the first floor, discover a collection of Wales’ national art, with paintings, drawing, sculptures and ceramics. Or learn about space and time in the Evolution of Wales gallery, where you can see real meteorites, moon rock, dinosaurs and woolly mammoths!
See Cardiff from a different point of view on a sightseeing tour along the bay. Cardiff Cruises offer a relaxing experience with panoramic views over Cardiff Bay and an on-board commentary which sheds light on the region’s colourful history. You’ll pass landmarks like the Barrage and its lock gates, the Old Docks, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh Assembly and the Wetlands Nature Reserve.
Wander around Mermaid Quay shops and restaurants
Finally, end your trip with a wander around Mermaid Quay. With more than 30 restaurants, cafes and bars serving cuisine from all around the world, you’re sure to find a nice spot for a meal or evening drinks. Or, if you’re in need of some last minute shopping, there’s some beautiful traditional boutiques here too.
You can spend 48 hours in Cardiff (or more if you wish) with our Southern Cities of Wales package. Not only does this package allow you to spend time in the capital, you’ll get to explore Newport, Swansea and St. David’s too.
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