Beaches 30 minutes from Cardiff

There are so many beaches only 30 minutes from Cardiff. I have taken some artistic licence, your travel time will depend on which side of the city you are travelling from, and of course the time of day you are driving. It may also take longer on public transport. If you are coming from North Cardiff it will be quicker to go west to areas such as Bridgend and Porthcawl. And from East of the city, it will be quicker to get to Penarth, Barry and Llantwit Major.

From the sandy beach at Rest Bay in Porthcawl, you can walk or cycle along the Coastal Path

Cardiff Series: The interesting history of Roath Park in Cardiff

Cardiff is my hometown, and I feel very passionately about its landmarks, history and culture. If you live or are from Cardiff, you would have driven past or visited Roath Park at some point. It is surrounded by huge Victorian houses and has always been an affluent part of the city, even if there are a few ‘dodgy’ streets nearby. Most people can say they have walked or jogged around the lake, or fed the birds – or in my case, chased by the birds. There have also been wedding proposals. It’s somewhere where you can watch your children or grandchildren play. You can hire a boat and float around the lake. Plus, the lighthouse, a memorial to the ill-fated Captain Scott, is one of the most Instagrammable locations in Cardiff.

Roath Park Lighthouse

Wales’ Only Thermal Spring in Taffs Well

Did you know that Wales’s only thermal spring is in Taffs Well? Neither did I, and I’ve lived in Cardiff all of my life! I have lived and worked nearby for a long time, and did not know of its existence. It was once a busy tourist hotspot, and now it is nearly forgotten. Can we get Taffs Well’s thermal spring back on the must-see map?

Taffs Well Park
The information sign is impossible to see if you are driving from Cardiff. Driving from Nantgarw the sign is visible (just), but not being a brown tourist sign not many people would think to stop and explore.

Cardiff Series: City of Arcades Day

Did you know that Cardiff is the City of Arcades? A little-known fact about Cardiff is that it has the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian, and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in Britain. These corridors wind through the centre of the Welsh capital, crammed with boutique shops, family-run cafes, independent bookstores, gelato bars, and hidden tea houses.

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The Castle Arcade runs opposite Cardiff Castle and features a beautiful gallery with a wooden second-floor balcony and footbridges. One of the longer of Cardiff’s famous Victorian arcades, it is also one of the city’s only two-level shopping arcades other than Cardiff Central Market.