There are plenty of things to do in Cardiff – or Caerdydd (the Welsh name of the city)! The capital city of Wales is indeed a great destination for runners – and not.
Bute Park in the heart of the city is a popular spot for runners. The park has over 130 acres of parkland, gardens, and wooded areas: there are plenty of trails and paths to explore. You can also enjoy stunning views of Cardiff Castle and the River Taff.
Check also the Taff Trail, a 55-mile path that runs from Cardiff Bay to the Brecon Beacons National Park. The trail follows the River Taff and passes through some of the most beautiful scenery in South Wales. You can choose to run a shorter section of the trail, or tackle the entire 55 miles over several days.
The Taff Trail is not just a great running route, it is also an excellent cycling route. You can rent a bike and explore the trail at your own pace, taking in the stunning scenery and stopping off at local attractions along the way. Beautiful!
There are many interesting things to do, with or without your running shoes laced up. Explore Cardiff Bay for example: the waterfront area with plenty of shops, restaurants, and attractions. You can walk along the waterfront, explore the barrage, and take in the views of the bay. The bay also has a 10k running route up to the Millennium Center, if you still have energy left 😉 .
A place to visit is definitely the beautiful Cardiff Castle in the heart of the city (top picture). You can take a guided tour of the castle, explore the grounds, and enjoy stunning views of the city from the castle’s battlements.
Wheather in Cardiff is not always nice, so it is better to be prepared for indoor activities. I recommend a visit to the National Museum Cardiff, with its collections of art, natural history, and archaeology, and learn about the history and culture of Wales.
And I couldn’t end a traveling tips post for Wales without mentioning rugby. If you are lucky to be there when a match is scheduled, you should consider attending a rugby match at the Principality Stadium the temple of the dragons and home of the Wales team in the famous “6 nations” tournament. Rugby is a huge part of Welsh culture, and attending a match at the Principality Stadium is a must-do experience for any sports fan.
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