Free Things to Do in Cardiff

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  • Ernie H
    Cardiff, UK1,589 contributions
    Stays fresh for re-visits. When the sun is shining a visit makes for a great day out, usually you stumble across something that you haven't seen before. Apart from the old buildings here, include the "Castle" and grounds as well as the exhibit galleries in the entry building.

    And there's the Vulcan. Used to drink in there 40 years ago so please finish it soon and get the beer flowing again, it served a cracking Dark and SA. Makes you feel old though when a favoured boozer is an exhibit. But, as a Cardiff lad it's pleasing to see that it still exists.

    There are quite a few picnic tables dotted around so usually find one or there is a restaurant, a chippy and a cafe on site.
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • greygoose20
    East Preston, UK191 contributions
    Never been here before, although I have been to Cardiff many times before. Bars, places eat and easy parking. Got to be a must for locals and visitors.
    Written April 29, 2022
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  • Yasmin M
    Plymouth, UK34 contributions
    It was a great experience full of natural wonders of the world and art galleries . Great information was included close by and there was clear signs of where to go to .
    Written April 15, 2022
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  • Emily P
    2 contributions
    An idyllic area just off the city centre. Lovely to come here on a Saturday with the kids - it's always clean and tidy!
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • Andrew T
    Basingstoke, UK38 contributions
    This is a lovely place to walk along the banks of the River Taff. It is by Cardiff Castle at the heart of the city and yet seems to g on forever.
    Written February 14, 2022
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    We previously took a water taxi ride to look at the reclaimed land that formed the Cardiff Bay barrage.

    This time we walked around the area. It is stunning to see how this area has been transformed but it is better to explore it by boat.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • zunzazun
    Canmore, Canada218 contributions
    Nice walk through the forest for all ages and fitness levels. An abundance of trails, the kids favourite being the gruffalo trail with intrinsic sculptures hidden throughout the forest.
    Written May 18, 2021
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  • Gillian C
    4 contributions
    Great architecture, thousands of years old.
    And if the choir is practising, you are treated to a wee bit of heaven. I'm not religious but I can confirm that it is a stunning visit.
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • greygoose20
    East Preston, UK191 contributions
    Great place to go for a walk and enjoy the evening lights. Grab some food along the way and meet family and friends
    Written April 29, 2022
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  • Gillian C
    4 contributions
    Beautiful buildings, great gardens. Super small events.
    Well worth a relaxed visit.
    Nice tearoom too!
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Alexander Jones
    Colerne, UK529 contributions
    A wonderful walk through a really nice space. The informational boards on the history of the area are really interesting too!
    Written April 14, 2022
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  • _elainehindson
    Kent, UK228 contributions
    If you love a traditional market, you’ll love wandering around here. Great produce, (meat, fish, fruit and veg, cheese, baked goods), with friendly stall holders and places to eat. Make sure to buy some delicious Welsh cakes from the Welsh Bakestones stall.
    Written November 19, 2021
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  • Duncan M
    Cardiff, UK10 contributions
    A beautiful park for anyone of all ages. The kiosk called Mamma's place sell hot food and all kinds of drinks on one side and a wide range range of ice creams on the other side. The prices are so reasonable considering you are just outside the city and exceptionally clean. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Well done
    Written August 15, 2021
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  • PrestonGuild
    United Kingdom54,328 contributions
    The red brick Pierhead Building is such a contrast with the more modern Cardiff Bay.

    In one sense it is a meeting of new and old Cardiff Bay.
    Written January 30, 2022
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  • Kathryn B
    Swansea, UK189 contributions
    The weather conditions were far from ideal on our visit here and to nearby St Lythans, but it did not have an impact on our visit. The first thing you will notice is the chamber's isolation in the field in which it sits. As with nearby Old Beaupre Castle, this isolation gives a sense of discovery, a sense of finding the place for the first time, which is a unique but pleasant feeling. The chamber itself doesn't stand tall like some others but is large in the ground it covers, with a 40 long ton capstone being the most impressive feature, among the largest in Britain. It is possible to stand inside the chamber but with the water that collects in there either wearing wellies or standing in the small dry corner are the only options available for those who wish to do so. The smaller Bronze Age pit is also an interesting feature but is far less impressive and the remaining earthworks give a view into what the site looked like 6000 years ago when it was built. A small car park is available but no other facilities are here. It must be noted that in wet weather, upon entering through the gate, turn left and walk down that path rather than straight up, that way you save getting wet shoes like we did. Overall, an impressive 6000 year old monument that makes for a peaceful half hour.
    Written May 23, 2021
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