If you haven’t been to Cardiff yet, you’re missing out on a lot of fun! From ancient castles to modern architecture and the future as Doctor Who, Europe’s youngest capital has a significant cultural and historical mix. As for eating and drinking, with so many choices you’d be spoilt. The local ciders and beers are drinks to fall for! So, if you’re about to think of a weekend plan, here’s a perfect one to Cardiff.
Check into a classic Wales style hotel just across the city centre. Cathedral 73 is a stunning boutique hotel a refurbished version of the Victorian townhouse. Ask for any type, and there are a variety of stylish rooms ranging from small doubles to a suite with its kitchen. If you’re in to shed a few more and grab the luxury extras, you’d have a private chef and butler service; also you can get chauffeured into the town in a vintage Rolls Royce (wow!). The rooms cost approximately 150 Euros a night and if you’re on a budget that’s going to be a shake. But, a few Euros here and there is worth the place. Try your hands on the discount coupons given at https://www.dealvoucherz.com/; they have some fantastic hotel and restaurant coupons. Or you can try the Sleeperz Hotel Cardiff for cosy contemporary style rooms in the city centre with 50 Euros a night.
Once you’re settled, start your weekend party at Tiny Rebel Cardiff. Once a fire station is now turned into a bar run by a Tiny rebel, a craft brewing company based in Newport. They have the best burgers in the city and 15 own beers on tap for you. Tiny Rebel has won the International Beer Challenge UK Brewer of the Year in 2016. This little place has achieved a lot in a short time and wouldn’t let you down regarding fun and good drinks and food.
Start of another fresh day at the Cardiff’s Castle right at the heart of the city. Historically full, this place is an epitome of beauty. Cardiff’s Castle has been a Roman fort, Norman Castle, Victorian Gothic Mansion and Second World War Bomb Shelter. Entry to this place costs 12-15 Euros with a fair discount for students, children and seniors. YOu’d have fun at the 50 minutes guided tour in and around the ornate interiors. Be sure to climb up at the top to experience the beautiful panoramic view of the city.
A must have shop-stop is just across the street from the castle for you to grab the best of Cardiff’s memories. The Castle Arcade is a series of Victorian shopping arcades and a home to a tasty lunch spot- Madame Fromage. You can savour the traditional cawl; a soup made from lamb and tubers. Their specialty lies in the local cheese platter with 150 varieties on sale!
As you finish gulping your foodgasmic lunch, leave some room for the beautiful dessert served at Science Cream. They have the smoothest ice creams made out of liquid nitrogen mixed with the best quality seasonal ingredients to get you the tastiest scoop. Wale’s first such ice cream parlour with so many mouth-watering favours, Science Cream has is named one of the Top 10 UK Ice Cream Shops.
Halt at the National Museum of Cardiff next for a tour to history. Take the joy of two museums in one for free. The ground floor is home to the natural history of Wales from the Big Bang to the end of Last Ice Age. The first floor is full of Art filled with paintings, sculpture and ceramics from Wales and the world around.
Go for another dinner at the Potted Pig; a former bank vault now turned in a fine restaurant specialising in Italian food using local Welsh ingredients. They have a hugely impressive range of gins coming with a side of crispy pork scratchings. An excellent dining restaurant within a fair price with equally positive atmosphere and carefully selected ingredients for your platter; perfect dinner!
Complete your weekend with the Cardiff Sea Safaris to see the Bay from a different angle. The safari runs a few trips from Mermaid Quay on a high-speed inflatable RIB boat for 15 minutes. You can also opt for a one-hour coastal tour from Cardiff Barrage to the Bristol Channel out to the Flat Holm Island which would cost you slightly higher than the other.
These are a few best out of a lot more from the beautiful Cardiff, a place you’d want to visit again and again.