Top Cardiff attractions to escape the winter weather
Back in May we wrote a blog about the Top 10 free places to enjoy the sun in Cardiff. Now that we've arrived in November (with all the beautiful weather that brings!) it's safe to say that many of these places are a little too much on the exposed side. So in order to escape the rain, wind and snow that usually accompanies a winter in Cardiff, here are some of the best indoor attractions that can be found in Cardiff and further afield.
National Museum Cardiff
Why not escape the winter weather and learn a little about the history and evolution of Wales? The Cardiff National Museum has a beautiful collection of art as well as historic mementoes of Wales’ archaeology, geology and natural history collections. The museum also features a variety of exhibitions and events that range from a Cardiff Coffee Concert to a Grow Your Own Baby Bulb workshop. General admission is free but some events may have a cost and may need booking, so please check before you go.
Wales Millennium Centre / the New Theatre
If you’re into theatre plays why not catch one at the Wales Millennium Centre down in Cardiff Bay or the New Theatre in the City Centre? Both offer a wide range of plays for everyone’s tastes. Most shows require bookings and costs vary between performances so make sure you check their respective websites for more information.
The Red Dragon Centre
While the Red Dragon Centre may be home to the successful Capital FM radio station there is so much more waiting inside. The centre is perfect for Christmas parties as it features a huge ODEON cinema, Hollywood Bowl and Grosvenor G Casino. That’s not all, after the party you can unwind in a selection of restaurants including Chiquito and Bella Italia. Finally, the venue holds a Student Monday event which features discounts on tickets, meals and coffees etc. for students with a valid NUS card!
If you brought your car with you to university why not take a short drive north of Cardiff and visit Castell Coch? This 19th-century Gothic castle was built on 13th century foundations and is a great way to spend a few hours. During your visit you can learn more about the castle’s history and its rumoured ghostly inhabitants. The castle is open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and 11am-4pm on Sundays. Student tickets cost £3.40 with adult tickets at £4.50.
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Offering a wide range of live music, stand-up comedians, sporting events and other exciting shows, the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena is a major hub for Cardiff’s entertainment industry and a perfect way to spend an evening. The arena has seen many global superstars perform on its stage and there are plenty of things taking place before Christmas. Highlights include a live WWE performance and music from Thirty Seconds to Mars and Boyzone. Prices vary depending on the event so check the website for full details.
Tredegar House and Park
Although it’s not situated in Cardiff, if you’ve got a car then a trip around Tredegar House is a must. This 17th century mansion is one of Wales’ greatest architectural achievements and is beautifully constructed in red brick with 90 acres of breath taking parkland to explore. It’s also regularly used for filming by BBC Wales and such (remember Doctor Who’s ‘The Next Doctor’ episode?) While you can simply just take a wander around the house, it regularly hosts events, none more famous than their Christmas themed festivities which are guaranteed to get you in the festive mood. These events require bookings and the prices differ so please check their website for more.
We hope you enjoyed our selection of winter attractions, please get in touch and let us know if you’ve visited any or found other places to visit. Don’t forget that the winter period is a key period for students looking for next year’s accommodation, so don’t lose out, search through the properties we have available in Cathays, Roath and other Cardiff Areas today!