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The Best Free Days Out in Cardiff

The festive season is always full of partying and excess, but the month-long hangover that is January quickly brings everything back to reality. Not only are you back in the office, but the aftermath of the expenses of a solid month of buying and boozing are bound to bring you down to earth with a bump.

Looking ahead with an empty wallet it might seem as if you’ve got no way to combat the January Blues. Fortunately, the only thing that’s blue in Cardiff are The Bluebirds, and the city has plenty of things to nurse you back to happiness - without spending a penny.

Luckily, as your local removals company, we’ve been around the block enough times to know the very best spots yng Nghaerdydd. So why not take your pick from our roundup below and plan yourself a free day out - tidy!

Enjoy the Victorian Atmosphere of Roath Park

If you prefer your architecture to be of the 19th Century persuasion, then you should spend a day taking in the timeless beauty of Roath Park. The Victorians were known for their spectacular gardens; and with its beautiful floral displays, a Victorian glasshouse with tropical plants and terrapins, and native Welsh wildlife - Roath Park is no different.

If you’re feeling more active, you can easily hire out a pedalo or rowing boat for an extra fee, or rent one of the tennis courts for a few hours.

Located in the centre of Cardiff, Roath Park is easily accessible by walking, bus, or car.

Roath Park

Walk the Bute Park & Arboretum

Cardiff also provides easy access to one of the largest parks in Wales, Bute Park. It’s completely free and well-suited for a daytime stroll for both adults and little kids with a fitness trail for adults or a Woodland Play Trail for children. You can even follow a 14 point QR code trail with your mobile, to get a fully guided tour of everything the park has to offer.

This park is also ideal for playing Attenborough and introducing kids to the wide variety of plants and wildlife that call Wales their home, including herons, otters, woodpeckers, and damselflies.

Bute Park & Arbortum

Check Out Cardiff’s Galleries

Wales has always been a nation proud of its roots in storytelling and myth, and the countries capital is quickly becoming a national hub of creative activity. 

Why not centre your day out around some of Cardiff’s most unique, and largest art collections, from homegrown talent to international art stars. The Cardiff MADE Art Gallery, the National Museum and Art Gallery and Chapter Arts all offer something unique and unmissable. 

From the over five hundred-year-old collection of fine art and historical artefacts at the National Museum; to works from some of Cardiff’s youngest and most innovative modern artists at MADE; or the consistently exciting programme of international and arts films at Chapter. You can spend the day soaking up the culture and beauty of Cardiff without leaving a 2-mile radius.

Go Back In Time At St. Fagans

To learn more about Welsh history and culture, you can visit St. Fagans National Museum of History.

Spend the day wandering through the history of Wales. Take in a lesson in a traditional Welsh school house, spot the differences as you pass through the thresholds of Welsh homes from the 1930’s to the 1970’s and taste some freshly baked bara brith on the village square.

And if that’s not enough, you can check out the collection traditional Welsh art and tapestries, make your own pot and even learn about building your own eco-house. Check out the website prior to your visit to see if there are any special events in the programme.

St. Fagans National Museum of History

See the Centre of Welsh Politics

The meeting point of the National Assembly for Wales, the Senedd is not just the centre of Welsh politics but a building of beautiful architecture. Check out the modernist construction of wood and glass and take in the sights of Cardiff Bay afterwards. Including the nearby Millenium Centre.

National Assembly for Wales

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (National Assembly for Wales 3  Uploaded by tm) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Spot the Wildlife At Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve

The parts of the canal seen in this location are the only parts left from the original Glamorganshire Canal of 1790. Take a stroll along the edge of the canal and enjoy the native wildlife such as mallards, coots, moorhens, and kingfishers. Facilities include a conservation centre, bird hides, and the Taff Trail.

Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve

George Tod [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Escape at Cardiff Central Library

Even though we all want to escape to somewhere sunny in January, sometimes a lack of budget, and energy, make that difficult. But that doesn’t mean you can’t let your mind wander to places it’s never been, all from the comfort of Cardiff Central Library.

Although this might not have been your first choice for a day out, having a little you time and letting your mind wander can be a great way to refresh.

Open from 9AM to 5:30PM from Monday to Saturday, the Library also offers a children’s area and regular rhyme time and story sessions for kids under 6 - so you can relax by the beach, or take a quick trip to New York, knowing your child is in safe hands.

Cardiff Central Library

John Lord [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Take in the Beauty of the Vale of Glamorgan

While it’s technically not part of Cardiff, this county borough is located close enough (it is situated immediately to the west of Cardiff) that it would be a mistake not to include it.

Known for its natural beauty, the Glamorgan Heritage Coast offers breathtaking views from the coastal path, access to some of Wales’ beautiful beaches, as well as wooded valleys, and small towns.

Vale of Glamorgan

If you’re looking to exercise off some of those Christmas cheese boards, why not cycle or run the path. If you’re a surfer head to Southerndown Beach for some great breaks.

With our top picks, there’s no reason to let the January blues get you down. Instead, get out there and enjoy all Cardiff has to offer.

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