Adventures in Cardiff

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!

Merthyr Mawer Sand Dunes, Bridgend

Stunning walks over the sand dunes, ending up at the coast. Great for fitness, too.

Getting there: 35/40 minute drive from Cardiff

Cost: The car park cost £2 for two hours 

Head to Cobbles for a quintessential welsh, countryside bite 

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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

Get a burger from Revs or tea and cake from Barkers afterwards

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Castle Coch, Tongwynlais, CF15 7JS 

A 19th-century old castle nestled in the forestry just outside of Cardiff.

Getting there: 30-minute drive or bus from Cardiff Central

Cost: £4.20 student price

Get pub grub at the Taffs Well Inn

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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

Get Pub grub from The Old White Hart or Old Swan Inn, or tea and cake from Wine Street Coffee

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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.

Get tea and cake from Gwalia Tea Rooms inside or pub grub from The Plymouth Arms

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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

Get pub grub from Maltsters or Heathcock, or enjoy tea and cake at Jaspers Tea Room

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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

Cost: Free

Head to 29 Park Place for a sit-down meal or Burrito Brothers for a grab and go

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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

Cost: Free

Have a look at our suggestions or the Cardiff Bay website

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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

Grab brunch from Whitmore and Jackson or a mezze heaven from Izmir Turkish Greek restaurant

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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

Enjoy something different at Chaiholics or lunch at Waterloo Tea

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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

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All images, unless otherwise specified, are taken from Flickr or taken by Teri May, whose fantastic blog you can find at acupoft