It’s been quite a while since we ticked another city off on our UK cities checklist, almost a year to be exact! If you don’t know what the UK cities checklist challenge is and want to know more, click here.

You can also see the cities we’ve already visited here

We visited Cardiff a few weeks ago on our way down to Bluestone in Pembrokeshire. It would have been a five and a half hour drive for us, so we decided stopping off for a night in Cardiff would be a great way to break the journey up. And as we’d never visited Cardiff before it gave us the perfect opportunity to explore a new city.

When we arrived in Cardiff we stopped off at Cardiff Bay for something to eat and a mooch around. It’s a lovely area full of restaurants, shops and is also home to the Millennium Centre. There was some sort of fair on while we were there so it was very busy, but we enjoyed browsing the stalls.

After that we drove into the city centre and checked into our hotel. We then walked over to the National Museum which was a short five minute walk from where we were staying. It’s free entry into the museum and there’s loads to see and do, the kids loved it.

That evening we ate at an Italian restaurant called Bellini’s, which was right around the corner from our hotel. The food was delicious and the service was excellent, I would definitely recommend trying it out if you’re in the area and love italian food.

The next morning, before we set off on the road again we headed to Cardiff Castle. There was much more to see and do here than I had anticipated. We explored the Norman Keep, North Gate, museum, battlement walk (the wartime shelters were really good!) and castle apartments. We really enjoyed visiting Cardiff Castle, the kids loved it and it was education too.

Have you ever been to Cardiff?

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