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Winter in Cardiff – A Complete Travel Guide

Planning a trip to Cardiff in winter? Don’t forget to bring your umbrella and coat!

Wales is known for its rubbish weather, but having lived in Cardiff for 8 years there are plenty of things to do in Cardiff no matter the weather.

How to get to Cardiff

You can reach Cardiff city center by train from virtually any location within the UK.

Great Western Railway operate regular trains to and from Cardiff Central. Ticket prices vary depending on the times of travel. Here are some of the time scales from major cities;
London – 2 hours
Swansea – 55 minutes
Bristol – 50 minutes
Birmingham – 2 hours
Manchester – 3 Hours 20 minutes

Check out the Great Western Railway website for more details on times and prices.

You can also get regular buses into Cardiff with National Express & Megabus

Getting around Cardiff in winter

There are many ways to get around this capital city depending on the weather.

Buses run every 10 minutes to most areas of Cardiff, for times please visit the Cardiff Bus website. Single fare tickets are £1.80, and for a day ticket it is £3.80. (Gives you unlimited travel for that day).

TIP – Cardiff Bus have an app, which tickets can be purchased and shown when travelling.

Uber & Ola are available 24/7 in Cardiff, all you have to do is download the app and away you go.

You know those bikes you’ve seen in London, where you can grab them in one location and then return it another for a small fee, well Next Bike is also a great way to get around the city, hassle free. Just download the app, and away you go.

Winter in Cardiff - A Complete Travel Guide

Things to do in winter


If its one thing Cardiff is great at, its cocktails bars. Here are some that I would recommend;

Dead Canary
A secret cocktail bar that is located in a numberless building on Barrack Lane, with very dark lighting and leather interior. Average cocktail is £9.

This great cocktail bar is situated in the center of the famous Womanby Street. From live jazz to late night DJs, this bar is a great all-rounder.

Happy hour: 2 cocktails for £12.
Sunday – Thursday ALL NIGHT, Friday & Saturday 4 – 10pm

Turtle Bay
This Caribbean restaurant is not recognized as a cocktail bar, but Turtle Bay has fantastic cocktails (and great food).

Happy hour: 2-4-1 daily until 7pm and again at 10pm till close.

TIP – When it’s not busy the staff free pour!

Here are a few others you should try out;
The Alchemist, PennyRoyal, Libertine, 10 Feet Tall & Lab 22

Winter in Cardiff - A Complete Travel Guide

Winter in Cardiff - A Complete Travel Guide

Afternoon Tea

A gift that’s more a gift, afternoon tea. There are several locations around Cardiff that do an amazing, afternoon tea and Chapel 1877 is on them.

Chapel 1877 is located on Churchill way and their afternoon tea is presented on a 3 tire stand with a number of different teas to choose from.

Vovo, St Davids Hotel is probably the most well-known place for afternoon tea and the most fanciest in my opinion. Not only do they offer the classic afternoon tea with cream cakes and sandwiches but they also have a Gentlemen’s afternoon tea with a glass of Reverend James Ale.

Everyman Cinema

With their newly opened location in Cardiff Bay, Everyman are bringing you a unique approach to your standard cinema journey with their offering of warm food and alcohol being brought to your seat.

Prices from £12 for a film viewing.

Street food

Cardiff is well known for the summer pop up food festivals, Sticky Fingers are bringing us street food all year round.

Sticky Fingers relocated last summer to a new venue in Roath, where it offers a range of food from burgers to Thai food. Currently on offer is Hoof, Brother Thai, The Bab Haus & Tukka Tuk.

TIP – Visit their Instagram page to keep up to date with the food stores that will be open.

Cardiff Pins

You can bowl, eat, escape room and play games all in one. Pins is a new company that has opened its door in Cardiff and is situated in the heart of the city center on The Hayes.

Cardiff pins offers packages for Hen, Stags and birthday. Please check out their website for bookings and more information.

Cardiff Devils

There really is no better feeling than going to watch ice hockey on a Saturday with a pint in one hand and a hot dog in the other. Check out their website for fixtures and prices.

Cardiff Market

When you walk in to Cardiff Market it’s like stepping back in time, but in a fantastic way! There are fresh meat and fish stalls, fresh veg stalls, cafés, vegan food stalls and so much more!

Winter in Cardiff - A Complete Travel Guide

Winter in Cardiff - A Complete Travel Guide

TIP – IF you head upstairs, head into Kelly’s Records. This store is the oldest second hand record store in the UK.

Musicals / Panto

There are many different locations for the performing arts all over Cardiff. Going to see a musical is a great night out.

Please take a look at these website to see their schedules;

Wales Millennium Centre, Sherman Theatre, New Theatre,Welsh National Opera, Chapter, The Gate

National Museum Cardiff

Cardiff National Museum is a great day out for not just families. There are always exhibitions running for all ages.

Currently Cardiff Museum is the home to Dippy the Dinosaur (originally at London’s Natural History Museum) during it’s tour of the UK.

Weather in Cardiff at winter

As you probably know the weather in Wales is not great, so when travelling to Cardiff please come prepared for cold, wet weather and sometimes snow.

There are loads of independents coffee shops that you can go in to get out of the cold.

Such as;
Hard Lines, Uncommon Ground, Little Man Coffee, Coffee Barker and the people over at Big Moose Coffee are doing amazing things.

Winter in Cardiff - A Complete Travel Guide

TIP – if the weather is bad, please check all transport websites to make sure they are all running on time.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Amanda Reimers

    Cardiff looks absolutely beautiful, thanks for the great info and tips.

    March 4, 2020 at 9:22 pm
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