When the temperatures drop, there’s plenty to do indoors. Why not explore the St David’s Shopping Centre, the Victorian Arcades – or one of the museums during the day, before heading out for a meal or a gig in the evening?
The Welsh capital has so much to offer visitors, with many attractions and sights within walking distance of Cardiff Central station. History fans will love exploring the famous medieval Cardiff Castle, while culture vultures will find a visit to Chapter Arts Centre well worth their time. No matter what the reason for your visit, you’ll find plenty to enjoy, from walks along the waterfront to gigs, concerts and great food and drink.
There’s certainly no shortage of places to eat in Cardiff, no matter what your budget. And, as with most of Wales, there’s a growing reputation for fine dining. This is down to great local chefs, and even better local produce – Welsh lamb and beef, fresh seafood and organic vegetables. Head to the city’s Brewery Quarter for a range of great restaurants.
Wales is a country that loves sport and Cardiff is a genuine all-rounder. The city comes alive when the national rugby team plays, but it also hosts big cricket and football fixtures too – see if you can catch Cardiff City playing while you're in town.. And, if you’re a golf fan, you’ll probably know about Celtic Manor – just 20 minutes from Cardiff.
St Mary Street has a wide choice of bars, pubs and clubs all within walking distance of each other. For great cocktail and wine bars try Greyfriars Road or head to Cardiff Bay. If it’s people watching you’re after, Mill Lane – home to a number of bars, clubs and restaurants – is the perfect place. For a cultural night out, see what’s on at the Welsh National Opera
Cardiff is a shopaholic’s dream. You’ll find plenty of your favourite high street shops on Queen Street and the surrounding area – and in the St David’s Shopping Centre there are dozens more, all under one roof. If you're looking for a more unusual shopping experience, don’t miss the Victorian Arcades where you'll find unique boutiques, gift shops and cafés.
The local view:
“I'm SJ, I'm 23 and currently live in Cardiff. I moved here almost 3 years ago now and my favourite thing to do is explore the surrounding areas and valleys. There are so many walks, waterfalls, forests and mountains that South Wales has to offer and being out in nature is truly a wonderful experience! Of course, Cardiff is best loved by its visitors for its amazing shopping which, during the lead-up to Christmas, has the amazing German Christmas market and the sparkling Winter Wonderland for family fun.”