Week end getaway: Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the tenth largest city in the United Kingdom. The city is Wales’ chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay at Night

Cardiff Bay at Night

Only 3h10 from London by bus with ticket starting at £5.50 single way, Cardiff is definitely a place to go. With departure every 50 min approx. from Victoria Coach Station direct to Cardiff Coach station, step into the hear of Wales. Culture, education, entertainment, party, and much more than you can imagine. Plan your journey on National Express.

Accommodation in Youth Hostel is very affordable starting at around £10 per night per person.

The city has much to offer, event and attractions, adventure or family, cultural or natural, you will definitely find your taste in Cardiff.

Cardiff Fashion Week

Starting October 20th, The Cardiff Fashion Week is worth a visit. Cardiff’s St David’s Centre will host a weekend of free catwalk shows as the climax of the city’s first Fashion Week from 20 to 28 October. Home fashion will be prominent, with sponsor Redrow’s interior design consultant Sian Jenkins staging a home décor makeover at Cardiff’s leading department store, John Lewis. At Boots from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 there will be prizes and free gifts as Benefit, Clarins, Clinique and Elizabeth Arden all stage special promotions and charity events. Debenhams keep the classy feel going with Champagne High Tea on Thursday 25, linked to beauty and skincare demonstrations. The WM, the quarterly womens magazine, hosts a gala show and cocktail evening, also on Thursday, at the Kuku Club at the Park Plaza Hotel.

Cardiff Fashion Week

Cardiff Fashion Week

Outdoors Adventure

Autumn is the perfect time to explore the beautiful South Wales countryside and with some great walking trails and country parks, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Take in the stunning autumal views when the leaves change with a trip to Dare Valley Country Park, St Fagans National History Museum, Bute Park & Aboretum or Llancaiach Fawr Manor. The Taff Trail is 55 miles of walking and cycling path between the stunning Brecon Beacons and Cardiff Bay. The trail takes you through the heart of Cardiff alongside the river and past Castell Coch (stunning in autumn!) and on towards Pontypridd. Or, discover the regions’s history by visting some of our iconic castles. Within the local area you’ll find Cardiff Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch and Fonmon Castle which includes beautiful gardens. If it’s action you’re after, Taff Valley Quad Bike and Activity Centre can offer fun for all the family with archery, laser clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or gorge walking! Or, you might want to try paintballing at Taskforce Paintball…ideal for both adults and juniors wanting an exciting and exhilarating day out. Go Ape is also a fantastic option for those who can handle 3 hours of tree top adventure, including giant swings, zip wires, ropes and ladders! After all that exertion you’ll need to refuel, so take a look through our list of cosy pubs. And for more outdoor activity ideas click here.

Halloween and Bonfire Night

If you’ve not made any plans yet for Halloween or bonfire night, here are a few great suggestions! Bute Park will be hosting its 32nd ever popular Sparks in the Park fireworks display with food, live entertainment and plenty to keep the whole family entertained. If you’re keen to start the celebrations a bit earlier, then join the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama situated just minutes away, for a traditional Fireworks Concert that will certainly leave you sparkling! The majestic Caerphilly Castle will also play host to its free annual Fireworks Display – another spectacular exhibit suitable for the whole family.

Cardiff Castle (student £9.50)

In the heart of the capital city is Cardiff Castle, a truly remarkable site with a history that spans over 2000 years. Roman soldiers slept here, noble knights held court here, and the Bute family, with extraordinary wealth and vision, transformed the Castle into a romantic Victorian fantasy. ‘Eccentric genius’ architect William Burges was given free rein to create the amazingly lavish and opulent interiors; each breathtaking room rich with murals, stained glass, gilding and superb craftsmanship. Recent developments include the opening of the Wartime Shelters, an evocative re-creation of a bygone era when the Castle’s tunnels were used as a place of refuge during the Second World War air raids.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle

Dr. Who Experience (£15)

This interactive journey takes you and the Doctor on a spectacular adventure though time and space. Step though a crack in time and help the Doctor, armed with his Sonic Screwdriver to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest monsters seen on screen including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans.  Featuring exclusive filmed sequences with Matt Smith and packed with amazing special effects, this multi-sensory experience is fun for the family and fans alike.

Dr. Who Experience

Dr. Who Experience

National Museum Cardiff (Free)

Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, today the National Museum Cardiff houses Wales’s national art, natural history, archaeology and geology collections, as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions. If you want to stand and stare, there’s plenty to please your eye – from Impressionist paintings to gigantic dinosaurs. For exploring you can pick up a range of gallery trails to guide you around the Museum. The Art collection at the new National Museum of Art, within the same building, is one of Europe’s finest. See five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe’s best collections of Impressionist works. In the Natural History galleries make sure you visit the new Marine gallery, where you can see the world’s largest Leatherback Turtle and the huge skeleton of a Humpback Whale. In the Evolution of Wales gallery find out more about the Big Bang 4600 million years ago and how our planet was formed. The museum has something to offer everyone and has a regular programme of events and activities.

National Museum Cardiff

National Museum Cardiff

And of course Cardiff is full of bars & pubs, nightclub & live music venue, restaurants…

Cheers!!!

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