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Cardiff’s Best Spots to Unwind

Sometimes, when uni work stress gets too much, we all want a place where we can escape the madness and impending deadlines, and just take a breather. Cardiff has a number of spots where you can do this, and I am here to tell you about the very best ones.

Bute Park

Known as the largest park in Cardiff, Bute is not short of space to hide away from people. A bigger bonus is the fact that it is located right next to the Talybont halls of residences where many people stay in their first year. Grab a book or some headphones, and take a wander alongside the river.

Come summer, the park will be bustling with BBQ’s, cider and footballs. However, come winter, the park makes for the ultimate snowball fight arena.

Roath Park

Roath is the place to be if you want both peace and quiet, and to be surrounded by a stunning landscape. As a renowned Victorian park, people are drawn to the area as it is full of both historic and horticultural interest. The lake also makes for that perfect Instagram shot and is so peaceful you won’t even remember you are in a city.


National Museum Cardiff

Slap bang in the middle of the university buildings, the National Museum Cardiff is one of the best places to immerse yourself into an entirely different time and space. Even better, it is completely free! With everything from art collections to dinosaur remains, you will be marvelling for hours at its expansive array of artefacts. The museum also puts on a number of special exhibitions throughout the year which aren’t to be missed.

Cardiff Bay

Not only is it by the sea, but the place is bustling with restaurants and cafes to suit every taste. Taking a stroll alongside the breezy bay will see your stresses seep away in no time. This can then be wrapped up with a nice coffee, allowing you to people-watch to your heart’s content. The famous Millennium Centre is also located right nearby so it is well worth trying to catch a show if you can!

Cardiff Castle

Iconic and beautiful, going to the castle is a must when you are living in Cardiff. With a huge green space, it is the perfect place to chill out with friends. By paying just £6.50, you are given unlimited access to the castle for three years thanks to the Cardiff Key. These are only issued to those living and working in Cardiff which includes students studying at the university. It’s a steal!


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