How to explore Cardiff in 24 hours
Croeso! On a whistle-stop visit to Wales' capital city? Cardiff has plenty to offer within the city centre, so you can cover a lot of ground in just one day. Here are a few ideas to get you going. Remember: if you’re experiencing Cardiff for the first time and fully plan on finding your epic, tell us about it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FindYourEpic.
St Mary's Street, Cardiff, Capital of Wales
Take in Cardiff Castle
Take an hour to explore the city's epic castle. It's nearly 2000 years old, but in the 19th century the interior had a lavish makeover by architect William Burges. The tour will take you to see the ornate decor, intricate carvings and rich colours that fuse together Arabian, Gothic and Mediterranean styles. For a fantastic view of the city and beyond, climb to the top of the keep.
A look inside Cardiff Castle, Cardiff by Wales on View
Enjoy the lungs of the city
Cardiff is gifted with sprawling green spaces. You can explore the beautiful Bute Park on foot; walk along the Taff, spot local wildlife or enjoy a picnic stop. It is part of the Taff Trail, a popular path between Cardiff Bay and Brecon, which brings in lots of cyclists. If you're keen to cycle, you can hire decent quality bikes from Pedal Power next to the park.
Fun in the park on the bikes, Cardiff, by Pedal Power
Time for a pint
Once you've finished exploring the parks, stop off in Y Mochyn Du to recharge. Translating from Welsh as 'The Black Pig', it's a pub that is popular with locals and visitors. Sip on a Welsh ale while taking in the hearty community atmosphere and the sound of Welsh being spoken.
Quench your thirst, Cardiff by Y Mochyn Du
Soak up local history
Yr Hen Lyfrgell, which translates into 'The Old Library', captures the history of Cardiff through stories, photographs, films and objects. Walk around the interactive exhibits then stop off in Bodlon, its gift shop full of Welsh goods. Some of the best buys include bars of Nom Nom chocolate made in West Wales and Melin Tregwynt Welsh wool blankets.
Yr Hen Lyfrgell, which translates into 'The Old Library', Cardiff by Amy Pay
Eat at Gareth Bale's Elevens
As if being a world famous footballer for Real Madrid and Wales wasn't enough, international star Gareth Bale has his own premium sports bar and restaurant in his home town. He partnered with Cardiff's biggest brewery, Brains, to bring local food and beer to the venue, which is directly opposite the Castle. Stop at Elevens for a pint of Brains and you may even catch a match on one of the sports screens!
Not just a world famous footballer, Cardiff, by Elevens Bar and Grill
Get musical at Spillers Records
Wales is the land of song, and Cardiff is home to the world's oldest record shop. Spillers Records opened in 1894, bringing records, live performances and a hub for musicians to mingle. It's moved a few times, but is now perched on the corner of Morgan Arcade. Pop in to rummage through racks of music history.
The world's oldest record shop, Cardiff
A cultural end to the day
To see the night out, you could relax at one of Cardiff's great music and arts venues, such as Chapter Arts Centre in Canton or Tramshed in Riverside. Or, if you fancy one more for the road, enjoy a pint in one of Cardiff's oldest city centre pubs, The City Arms, located opposite the stadium.
One of Cardiff's oldest city centre pubs, The City Arms, Cardiff by City Arms