A weekend itinerary in South Wales

A weekend break in Cardiff offers all the delights of a city break, culture, sightseeing, shopping and top bars and restaurants, but there’s more to discover on the fringe of Cardiff too. Discover the attractions that are a short drive from the centre and you won’t be disappointed.

Day 1 - Morning: Cardiff

John Lewis and Library Buildings, Cardiff

John Lewis and Library Buildings, Cardiff by Gethin Sanger

It’s the perfect city break, this compact city offers a range of top hotels and restaurants in the city centre and nearby Cardiff Bay. Start your day by exploring our capital city. Cardiff shopping is excellent, offering a wide choice of shops from top brands like John Lewis, Cath Kidston and The White Company to individual boutiques, shops and deli’s housed in splendid Victorian and Edwardian arcades. There’s even a castle in the city centre and the beautiful Bute Park is right next door.  

Feeling hungry? Try the Potted Pig, a funky restaurant located in an underground bank vault, serving modern British cuisine with French and New York influences. Their menu often changes depending on what’s fresh and in season.  

Afternoon: Cardiff Bay

From left to right, the Pierhead Building, behind it is the Millennium Centre, then the Senedd and to the right you can see the Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay.

Iconic buildings, Cardiff Bay by Paula J James

Catch the water taxi to Cardiff Bay. The former docks area of the city has been transformed in recent years and is now a top attraction. Set around a large freshwater lake, enjoy a leisurely stroll across the barrage with some Fabulous Welsh Cakes (you can buy them hot and fresh off the griddle from their shop in the bay) past parliament buildings and the marina.

Feeling hungry? Head back to the bay for a relaxing drink and dinner at Ffresh. Featuring a menu with wonderful Welsh produce, enjoy a pre theatre dinner before catching a show at the impressive Wales Millennium Centre.

Day 2 - Morning: Llanerch Vineyard

Visit Llanerch Vineyard a unique and tranquil treasure nestling in 22 acres of beautiful countryside in the Glamorgan. If cooking is your thing take a cookery course at Angela Grey’s Cookery School which is based at the vineyard. Angela offers a range of cookery courses for beginners through to those who just want to enhance their skills in different areas (pre booking essential).  

Feeling hungry? At the Cariad Bistro sip a glass of the vineyard's Cariad Sparkling Blush, share a baked Perl Wen cheese and enjoy panoramic views over the vineyard.

Afternoon: Penderyn Distillery

Penderyn Whisky Casks, Penderyn Distillery, Brecon Beacons.

Penderyn Whisky Casks, Penderyn Distillery, Brecon Beacons by Delta Whiskey

Travel to the Brecon Beacons to visit Wales’ only whiskey distillery. The Penderyn Distillery Tour takes you through the history of Welsh single malt whiskey making in Wales and includes two tastings of Penderyn Whiskey. The tour aims to demonstrate the difference between the Welsh process and the distilling of Scottish, Irish and American whiskies.

Feeling hungry? The highly renowned Purple Poppadom is a smart and modern Indian restaurant. Chef Anand George does his own take on classic Indian dishes producing a fine dining experience.