10 Things to do in Cardiff on a Budget
Planning a trip to Cardiff and need some inspiration? There are plenty of fun things to do in the beautiful Welsh capital - even if you’re on a budget. Boasting rich history, fun nightlife and natural beauty, the underrated capital should be on every travel lovers’ bucket list. With endless shopping, dining, bars and entertainment to enjoy, you’ll never run out of things to do. We’ve pulled together the top 10 things to do in Cardiff, so you don’t have to do the research yourself.
The National Museum of Cardiff
Culture vultures simply must lose an afternoon at the best museum in the city. Inside the National Museum of Cardiff you’ll find a plethora of world-class contemporary art, interesting new exhibitions, dinosaur history and First World War collections. See what’s on when you visit. Entry is free to the National Museum of Cardiff, an easy way to enjoy a few hours in the capital on a budget.
Right in the heart of the city, you will probably stumble upon the historic Cardiff castle. History buffs will be amazed at how much there is to see within the castle grounds, so it’s well worth the ticket price of £13 (£11.30 for students). Get a look at the remains of the Roman Wall, discover the underground War Time shelters from the Second World War and explore the fascinating Norman Keep. We recommend taking the House Tour for an addition £3.35 per person. This is a 50 minute guided tour through some of the castle’s most opulent rooms including the Nursery, the Winter Smoking room and the Roof Terrace. Open from 9am - 6pm, the castle is one of Cardiff’s best treasures.
Farmer’s Market on Sunday
Head to the Cardiff riverside for lunch and enjoy the mouth watering delicacies at the Riverside Real Food market every Sunday. Enjoy the fresh food that’s literally come straight off the farm, being sold under the sun on the banks of the River Taff. With all kinds of tasty treats on offer grown by local producers, you can feast on scotch eggs, baked goods, cheeses, gin, fresh vegetables, Asian cuisine, killer coffee, curry, spicy sauces - and of course, the local favourite Welsh Rarebit. Help the local businesses and spend some money on grub here.
Get on your bike and explore Cardiff on two wheels. The picturesque cycle routes are worth the bike rental cost. Our favourite cycle has to be the Taff Trail, a breathtaking and refreshing trip from Cardiff to Brecon. You don’t have to do the whole way (55 miles), and still benefit from some of the best views, green spaces and ride past Cardiff’s main sights. 16 miles is the ideal time we’d recommend to get the best Taff Trail experience.
If you’re not into cycling, you can walk some of the Taff Trail!
Watch a sports event or concert at the Principality Stadium
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium hostels massive sports events and music concerts. The venue has played to host to some of the biggest footballers and musicians in the planet, such as Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and Coldplay. If you have tickets to a gig or sports event at the Principality Stadium and you need a bed for the event, Nosda Hostel is just an 8 minute walk away.
Shop in the arcades
One of Cardiff’s best assets. For a spot of retail therapy, there’s nowhere else better to shop than the city’s Victorian arcades. The shopping arcades are always buzzing - especially in Christmas - offering a diverse selection of shops whether it’s homeware, confectionary, clothing or cards and gifts. Stop for a bite to eat in one of the restaurants or cafes lining the arcade.
Take a stroll in Bute Park
A place of tranquility and peace amidst the city buzz, Bute Park is beautiful spot by the river. In the heart of Cardiff, pack a picnic, find a nice spot and enjoy the fresh air, flora and water.
White Water Rafting
For the adrenaline junkies amongst you, get your thrills at Cardiff Bay where you can take part in heart pumping water sports - our favourite has got to be white water rafting. Even if you’re a beginner, this is such a fun experience and you’ll learn how to do turns and twists on the waves. A real challenge with your friends with lots of laughs.
This is where the adventure is at.
Go back in time
St Fagans National Museum of History is an open-air museum in Cardiff that has recreated how life would’ve been in the Celtic times. Admission is free - enter and you’ll feel like you’ve gone back in time. Over forty original buildings from different historical periods have been restored, you can even go inside some of them and see live workshops of craftsmen working. You can explore a farm, a school, a chapel and the magnificent St Fagans Castle and Gardens.
Article by Shereen Sagoo