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Things to do in Cardiff in autumn

4 October 2023
Autumn leaves on Senghennydd Road
Autumn leaves on Senghennydd Road

Autumn can be a really special time. With the air getting more crisp and the colour of the leaves changing comes a new academic year. For those new to Cardiff University and looking for cute autumn activities to do with your new flatmates or returning students looking for some inspiration on what to do around the city, you’re in the right place. Here are some of my favourite things to do in Cardiff in autumn.

Go for a walk around Bute Park to see the autumn leaves 

Used as the setting for Central Park in New York in season 3 episode 4 of Doctor Who, Bute Park is the perfect idyllic location to romanticise an autumn walk. Notice the change in the colour of the trees and take in the cool air as a relaxing break from the hecticness of your busy university schedule. To add to this, why not dress up in a cute autumn outfit to really make the most of your walk?

Try a chai latte (or pumpkin spice latte) 

Autumn walks

On your walk or as a special morning treat, try going to a nice coffee shop and trying a warming chai latte (my personal preference). This is the perfect way to relax while taking a break from your workload – or recover from the night before. It’s official – the iced coffee season is over so warm up with a flavourful hot coffee to help you get ready for the day.

Checkout expeditions at the National Museum 

The National Museum Cardiff, located opposite Gorsedd Gardens off Park Place, is a gem for Cardiff University students to enjoy looking at its recent exhibits. This is the perfect place to pop into, for free, and enjoy a rainy afternoon admiring the art or discovering the natural history of Wales.

Go shopping for cosy homeware

Charity shops, HomeSense, or an IKEA run, homeware shopping is the best, especially in autumn. This is the perfect time to get cosy at university and settle down for the winter. Luckily, we have access to an abundance of walkable shopping areas across the city, so why not make a day of it? As far as I’m concerned, exploring your favourite shops for winter goodies like blankets, PJs and candles is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend an autumn day.

Cosy movie night

Who doesn’t love a movie night? Either light a candle and snuggle under a blanket in your accommodation with your favourite Meg Ryan movie or venture to the cinema on a chilly evening and see what’s on there. On the other hand, I love making a night of it, going to Everyman and enjoying a new movie with a meal, and potentially finishing the evening with a stroll around the bay while wrapped up in a warm coat.