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Top 10 things to do in Cardiff over Christmas

Kate, Student Intern, shares her top ten things to go in Cardiff over Christmas…

In Cardiff over Christmas and stuck for things to do? Look no further! This blog is your essential student guide for all the things to do in Cardiff over the Christmas break.



1. Christmas Market

Seeing as it’s Christmas the first thing you need to do is head over to one of the UK’s best Christmas markets – Cardiff’s (read our Christmas Markets blog post for others). There is plenty to keep your eyes occupied even if you can’t afford to splash out on hundreds of glittery Christmas ornaments. Grab yourself a classic Christmas market hotdog or a warm brownie, have a wander around the wooden huts full of hand crafted goodies and bask in the festive atmosphere.


2. Winter Wonderland

Sticking with the Christmas theme, the Cardiff Winter Wonderland never fails to disappoint (even if like me you definitely can’t ice skate!) There are plenty of whacky activities to fill your time and you may even get your hands on a massive stuffed toy to become your house mascot.


3. Cardiff Castle

Another treasure of Cardiff is its famous Castle, which is decorated all Christmassy right now, so it’s worth a look even if you don’t go in! Also something pretty cool is the fact that as a Cardiff resident you are entitled to a key to the castle. For £5 you can get free entry into the castle for 3 whole years with a range of other bonuses! Get yours here.



4. Llandaff Cathedral

Take a nice stroll through Bute Park to Llandaf Cathedral. The walk along the river is beautiful enough without the breath taking Cathedral that completes the walk. This is a peaceful trip out and completely free!


5. National Museum Cardiff

This wonderful building full of culture and history is completely free to access and promises hours of entertainment. There really is no excuse for not visiting the Museum during your time at Cardiff University, as it’s right next door and free – a word that every student loves to hear.


6. Barry Island

Wrap up warm for this one! It may not be the height of summer but you can never say no to a trip to Barry Island. It only costs £3.35 with a railcard! Just make sure to go early so that you aren’t left travelling in the dark. Collect your spare change as the arcades here are some of the best in South Wales. The chances of bagging yourself a key ring you never knew you needed in your life is too appealing I know! And while you’re there indulge in the seaside classic of fish and chips.

barry island


7. Penarth

Want a seaside escape? Well Penarth is one place where calm meets ocean. The long stretch of pebble beach offers a break from Cardiff. For only £2.50 with a railcard it is cheap and easy to access from Cathays station! Don’t forget to bring some pennies for the old fashioned sweet shop on the Pier.


8. Roath and Bute park

These beautiful parks are completely free and right on your doorstep! They offer a breath of fresh air from the city life and in Roath there are plenty of cute ducks to feed. Just remember that the parks shut earlier in the winter so make sure this is an early excursion.

bute park


9. St Fagans

St Fagans is one place which has something for everyone! If you’re into cute animals or historic manor houses, then this is the place for you! Easily accessible by bus for £3.50! This area for of cultural history is a place not to be missed in your time here.


10. Cardiff Bay

Don’t want to travel too far but bored of the city centre? Go and check out this newly developed area of Cardiff that used to be a world famous industrial centre. There are plenty of things to keep you entertained down in the Bay from boat rides and water taxis to the doctor who exhibition or just the wide variety of restaurants to treat yourself in! Cardiff Bay is easily accessible by bus or train.


Watch our video, ‘ Places to Go Around Cardiff for Under £5’


Getting Support

I hope these help keep you entertained throughout the Christmas holidays! If you need any advice or help over the break please don’t hesitate to contact Student Support, who are open until  2.30pm on Friday 23rd December.


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Best wishes

Kate, Student Intern

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