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How to Spend 3 Days in Cardiff

How to Spend 3 Days in Cardiff

Three days in Cardiff let you experience the best sights and sounds of the Welsh capital, as well as giving you time to explore further afield to Brecon Beacons, Barry Island, or even across the border to England. With that in mind, here’s how best to spend three days in Cardiff.

 

Day 1: Explore the City

There’s no need to rush on your first day in Cardiff. Get to grips with everything the city has to offer, including Cardiff Castle, by purchasing admission tickets in advance and arriving early in order to guarantee a hassle-free experience. Afterwards, discover Cardiff’s architectural highlights, such as City Hall and Cardiff University, on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which lets you explore the city at your own pace. Don’t miss the Victorian arcades—the ideal spot to grab lunch—or sprawling Bute Park, either. 

Skip the logistics of exploring Cardiff independently on a customizable, local-led city tour that can cover local cuisine or Doctor Who filming locations. Round out the day by taking a boat to Cardiff Bay, dining by the water, and catching a show at the Millennium Centre.  

 

Day 2: Take a Trip

On day two, go beyond Cardiff on a day trip to the nearby Brecon Beacons—where even novice hikers can summit the Pen y Fan hill in a few hours—or Barry Island, the home of fictional sitcom characters Stacey and Nessa from Gavin and Stacey. Here, enjoy amusement arcades, sandy shores, and fairground rides.

Alternatively, visit one of Cardiff’s lesser-explored neighborhoods, such as Grangetown or Pontcanna; both have plenty of quirky bakeries, coffee shops, and markets to explore. Down at Cardiff Bay, get your culture fix at the Norwegian Church Arts Centre or learn about Welsh life at The National Museum in St Fagans. If you’re a sports fan, you may prefer to catch a soccer or rugby match at Principality Stadium or watch cricket at the SWALEC.

 

Day 3: Cross the Border

Cardiff’s proximity to the border means visitors can easily cross into England for jaunts to either Bath or Bristol on a day trip. Admire Roman architecture and, of course, visit the historic baths in Bath, or go vintage shopping and visit art galleries in Bristol.

 

Alternatively, skip England in favor of nearby Welsh destinations such as the imposing Castle Coch; Caerphilly, home to one of Britain’s largest medieval fortresses; and Carmarthen, the legendary birthplace of Merlin. Day trips also transport you west along the coast by either train or private vehicle to Swansea, where you can stroll through The Mumbles, replete with eateries, beaches, and art galleries, or go further still until you reach the picturesque harbor town of Tenby. 

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City Sightseeing Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Cardiff Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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See all of Cardiff’s spectacular sights on a City Sightseeing hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the captivating Welsh capital. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this convenient sightseeing experience and disembark the distinctive double-decker bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. See cultural highlights like the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Castle and Techniquest and listen to informative audio commentary as you explore. Your sightseeing pass is valid for 24 hours after first use, giving you ample time to discover the city.
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  • 55 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.00
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$19.00
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Cardiff Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Cardiff Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Instead of a traditional tour of Cardiff, try a new travel concept that’s like having a local friend to show you around. Meet up with a Lokafyer guide for a private walking tour that’s designed just for you, starting with a pre-tour consultation by phone or chat. That means personalized tips, local travel advice, and recommendations that come from actually living in Cardiff.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.44
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$37.44
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: Doctor Who TV Locations and Tour of Cardiff

Private Tour: Doctor Who TV Locations and Tour of Cardiff

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Follow in the footsteps of daring Doctor Who on a sightseeing Private tour of Cardiff.. Experience the exciting locations of the series and gain fascinating insight into the secrets behind the eccentric time lord and his fabulous sidekick. Cruise past iconic landmarks like the Millennium Stadium and the National Museum of Cardiff and hear insider gossip from your Doctor Who enthusiast guide. Enjoy a stop to explore locations within Amy Pond’s fictional village of Leadworth and hear behind-the-scenes tales about former doctors like David Tennant, Matt Smith and Christopher Eccleston.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$541.54
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Cardiff Bay Boat Tour

Cardiff Bay Boat Tour

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Enjoy panoramic views over beautiful Cardiff Bay on this 1-hour boat tour. Hop aboard your sightseeing boat at Penarth barrage or Cardiff Bay, then cruise onto the waters as the on-board commentary sheds light on the region’s rich history. Along the way, learn of the regeneration which has shaped the bay we see today and take in top landmarks including the Barrage and its lock gates, the Old Docks, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Welsh Assembly and the Wetlands Nature Reserve. Perhaps alight at Mermaid Quay — Cardiff’s bustling shopping district.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.14
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Doctor Who Cardiff Walking Tour

Doctor Who Cardiff Walking Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of TV’s favourite Time Lord on this 2-hour Doctor Who walking tour of Cardiff. Visit memorable locations from the sci-fi drama series including Cardiff Castle and the National Museum of Wales, and spot recognizable sights like Rose Tyler’s workplace and the site of Danny Pinks death. Along the way, your guide will entertain you with fun Doctor Who facts and trivia and tell you insider stories and anecdotes about Doctor Who actors and filming locations.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.36
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Low Cost Private Arrival Transfer from Cardiff International Airport to Cardiff

Low Cost Private Arrival Transfer from Cardiff International Airport to Cardiff

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Low-cost private arrival transfer from Cardiff International Airport (CWL) to your hotel or private address in the centre of Cardiff.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.06
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$120.06
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