Stuff to do in Cardiff and Vale, Wales

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5 Things We Thought Were Good and Would Suggest Other People Tried Out

This is not a “Top 10” list or even a “Best Things To Do” list because a) we were on a tight budget so didn’t do lots of the great things in the area (check out CardiffMummySays for ideas), b) we didn’t have a car very often so were a bit more limited and c) it’s not 10 because I couldn’t be bothered. Really crushing this blogging lark. So it is a kind of list of things we like to do when we come back to the Cardiff/Vale area or new things we found this time that we thought were pretty fun.

Hence,

5 Things We Thought Were Good and Would Suggest Other People Tried Out

In reverse order to make it more…fun, exciting, suspenseful…?

5. Bishop’s Palace, Llandaff

A new find for us, the Bishop’s Palace Llandaff is a beautiful little garden built in the ruins of the fortified palace of the Bishop’s of Llandaff. The garden is filled with scented plants and very climbable (or dance around-able) mulberry trees. There is a little plaque with some history information too. You can also wander down into Llandaff itself (visit The Heathcock pub if you can) or around to Llandaff Cathedral.

4. Insole Court

Another new one for us this year, this mansion house and grounds opened to the public in 2016 as a result of community support and fundraising. We only found out about it because the Bite food festival was hosted there. There is a fantastic café, The Potting Shed, but also plenty of space for picnics. You can visit some of the house itself. There are also lots of smaller events and activities on, like concerts, plant sales and even a book club. You can find out more on their website.

3. National Museum Cardiff

Considering it rains a whole lot in Cardiff, the fact that the other four places on this list are basically outdoor activities, seems a bit daft. So I have included our rainy day go to, Cardiff Museum. Entry to most of the museum is free, so you can always do what we do and just pop in for half an hour and look at the dinosaur bit before it gets busy! Which I think is what most of the parents in Cardiff probably do on really wet days?! Their bison is also named Bertie! They do have some great exhibits as well, which are worth looking out for and special events on for kids and grown ups.

2. St Fagans, National Museum of Welsh History

An institution, St Fagans opened in 1948 and people who went there as children are now taking their children and grandchildren for days out filled with Welsh History! Brilliantly, you still only pay a fiver to park your car and then entrance is free. Basically it is a giant museum with re-creations and re-built buildings and houses showing how people have lived in Wales throughout the years. There are some awesome picnic spots and we like to go and visit the pigs at the farm, where they have a haycart named Thomas Morgan.

1  Llantwit Major Beach

This is always my favourite thing to do when we are back. It is not a beach in the usual soft sandy sense, more rocky and rugged, but wow is it beautiful. Dramatic cliffs, fascinating rock pools, fossil hunting, a café selling chips and ice cream, sheep or horses in the fields next to it…perfect! Whether the tide is in or out, it’s sunny or dramatically stormy, this place is always a great trip. We usually pick up fish and chips from Llantwit village before finishing the drive down to the beach and eating them there. You should definitely do this! Don’t forget you should get curry sauce on the side to make it properly Welsh. Lush!

I also want to include a shout out to our airbnb in Roath, Cardiff. It was a big, family home which meant we could move right in for the month and feel at home, plus the decor was fabulous. We picked somewhere fairly central, near bus routes and walkable to shops and right by some amazing parks. The family made us feel so welcome. There was a box of goodies for our arrival, toiletries in the bathroom and flowers in the kitchen. The owners were really quick to respond (like when we couldn’t work the washing machine) and were generally amazing. It really was the best way to see the area. The property isn’t on airbnb again at the moment, but I do have contact details so if anyone is interested let me know and I might be able to put you in touch.

 

 

https://museum.wales/stfagans/

https://museum.wales/cardiff/

https://www.insolecourt.org

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