Take in Cardiff Castle
Take an hour to explore the city's epic Cardiff 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.
Enjoy the green lungs of the city
Cardiff is gifted with sprawling green spaces. You can explore the expansive grounds of Bute Park on foot. It was gifted to the city by the 5th Marquess of Bute, and is named for the family who transformed the city during the Industrial Revolution. You can walk along the River Taff, which runs through the park, spot local wildlife, or enjoy a picnic stop. The park forms 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. Make sure to visit the Secret Garden Cafe - it's a wonderful cafe in the heart of the park, which uses local produce and creates wonderful vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Soak up local history
'The Old Library', hosts Museum of Cardiff - capturing 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, such as Melin Tregwynt Welsh wool blankets.
Get musical in the oldest record shop in the world
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.
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!