We understand that sometimes you’ll want to get out of Cardiff. It might be that you feel you need a break, or it might be that you’ve got friends or family visiting and you’ve got no idea where to take them. Or, it might be that you and your partner are looking for a day out but you have no idea where to go. Well, we think we get what you’re after and here are some suggestions. Enjoy!
Cardiff Castle, Castle Street, CF10 3RB
The famous landmark of our city. You can spend a good hour exploring the different areas and enjoying the amazing views. In the summer, it’s lush just chilling out on the grounds.
Getting there: 5-10 minute walk from Cardiff Central or Queen Street Train station
Cost: Get yourself a key for £5
Llantwit Major, CF611SD (town centre) CF611RF (beach)
Gorgeous coastal walks and an 11th century, stunning Church.
Getting there: 40-minute drive or, if you don’t mind a lot of walking, 45-minute train from Cardiff Central
The Brecon Beacons
AMAZING walking. Be sure to plan your route before going using the “More Details” link below. Pen Y Fan is the most simple and most popular
Getting there: 1-hour drive from Cardiff Central
St Fagans, Cardiff, CF5 6XB
More than your average museum, walk through preserved 18th-century Welsh towns and get a feel for what life was like over the last two centuries.
Getting there: 15-minute drive or 25-minute bus from Cardiff Central
Cost: It’s free to get in but the car park costs £5. Notes and cards are not accepted.
Image credit: kacperiwaniakowicz
Llandaff Cathedral, Llandaff, Cardiff CF5 2LA
A gorgeous Cathedral nestled in the heart of Llandaff, a stone’s throw from the city centre and Cathays.
Getting there: 45-minute walk or 25-minute bus from Cardiff Central
Cardiff National Museum, Cathays Park, CF10 3NP
Well worth a visit, you can see how Wales has evolved over the last two million years.
Getting there: 10-minute walk from Cardiff Central or Queen Street
Cardiff Bay, CF105BZ
The largest waterfront development in Europe, Cardiff Bay buzzes with businesses, restaurants, bars and attractions.
Getting there: 3 minute train from Cardiff Queen Street or a 20 minute walk from Cardiff Central
Barry Island, Friars Road, Barry CF62 5TR
Made famous by BBC’s beloved Gavin and Stacey, Barry Island is the perfect place to spend a sunny day. Fairground rides and arcades which are all facing the sea and are super cheap.
Getting there: 30-minute train or 25-minute drive from Cardiff Central
Cost: Parking costs £2-£5. Then you pay per ride
Image credit: syfghndiah
Roath Park, Roath, Cardiff CF23 5PA
A student favourite in the summer, rent pedalos and enjoy the sunshine in this gorgeous spot.
Cost: Free but pedalo hire costs £6.50-£12
Getting there: 45 minute walk or 25 minute bus from Cardiff Central
Image credit: georginahume
We’re always going to be on the look out for new places to add to this list. If you know somewhere that students would love to explore, if they just knew it existed, then Tweet, Facebook, or Instagram us at @myunibasics