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The Perfect Cardiff Day Trip Itinerary

Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway with friends or to keep the kids entertained for a day, the Welsh capital is a front-runner for your day trip destination. Loud, lively and always out for a good time, Cardiff has a lot to offer visitors. From iconic historical landmarks to a bar and food scene that is hard to beat, there is plenty to keep you occupied for your visit.

Cardiff is rated as one of the best cities to visit in the UK, so why not arrange a tour of the most popular attractions in the city? Better yet, Cardiff is easily reached by train, car and most other public transport.

Here is what you can arrange to see during your day trip to Cardiff:

Cardiff Castle

The city’s crowning glory, Cardiff Castle is steeped in almost 2,000 years of incredible medieval history. You can book tickets to its main attractions, which range from its Norman Keep and Castle Apartments to the Roman remains and Chariot Corner.

It also offers access to the Public Square and you can stop off to enjoy a coffee at the onsite café or browse at the gift shop.

Lunch at Cardiff Market

Break up your sightseeing with a spot of lunch at Cardiff Market. A hub of good food, this historic Victorian market is located in the city’s Castle Quarter, so it’s just a short walk from the castle to the market.

Some of the best bites to eat at Cardiff Market include the delectable Neapolitan-style pizza from Pierogi, Keralan ‘Build Your Bowl’ dishes from Tukka Tuk and gluten-free arepas stuffed with chicken and avocado.

Castle Coth

Castle Coth, or ‘Red Castle’ is like a vision from a fairytale. Rising up out of the ancient beechwoods of Fforest, this 13th-century gothic castle is located just 20 minutes outside of Cardiff and is one of the many hidden gems of South Wales.

Filled with historical memorabilia, stories and images, this castle is a must-visit for any history buffs.

Cardiff Bay

Take a stroll along Cardiff Bay to catch scenes of the redbrick Pierhead Building and the Welsh Parliament. Offering some of the nicest views of the waterfront around, the Bay has a Ferris wheel that young children can enjoy and houses the unique Norwegian Church and Arts Centre.

You’ll find plenty of eateries and bars on the bay too and it is ideally located close to Cardiff Bay Station.

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