Proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955, this south coast port city has much to offer in the way of unpredictable weather, beautiful port-side vistas and, funnily enough, things to do. Seeing as the metropolitan area contains the best part of a third of the Welsh population if there’s anywhere worth visiting in Wales, Cardiff is it.
And if you’re thinking: “I spent all my money last weekend in Newcastle“, don’t worry. These great adventures aren’t just buckets of fun, they’re affordable as heck. Get on a train or plane or automobile or, if you’re lucky, step outside your door to soak in everything Cardiff has to offer.
1. Doctor Who Experience
A great day out for any aspiring Time Lords out there (but probably just a good day out for someone who has never seen the show). With behind-the-scenes tours and exhibitions, you can see for yourself the various costumes, creatures and props used through this show’s cohesive 53 year history.
2. Cardiff Castle
Especially worth a trip if the skies are clear, there is usually some event or activity going on in the grounds but if not, take your time to admire the beautiful gardens and how well preserved Victorian castle remains. There are also some wartime tunnels you can have some fun exploring.
3. Cardiff Bay Barrage
A perfect day out or for just spending a morning pottering up the coast. There’s a skate park, gym area, grassy area and telescopes to look across the water. It’s worth walking along the pier at the top end and see the boats go by. If you were looking for some first date inspiration – this is a 10/10 location.
4. Pierhead Building
Very much the statement building of Cardiff, the Pierhead Building was opened in 1897 as the HQ for the Bute Dock Company. These days it’s a free admission heritage spot where you can wonder about the place admiring the architecture and learning about the history of the docks!
5. Roath Park
It wouldn’t be an ‘affordable weekend adventures’ without some mention of a park. Surrounding a lake, Roath Park is rife in beautiful swans and ducks as well some cosy corners of foliage to curl up in on warm Spring afternoons and just let the world pass you by.