For all you romantics out there, January in the capital city of Wales is the month when love is certainly in the air. The 25 January is St Dwynwen’s Day, when we honour our Welsh patron saint of lovers. It’s our very own version of St Valentine’s Day
If you are feeling the love, here is a handy list of the top 8 places in Cardiff to propose (NO PRESSURE!) no. 6 will have you giddy with love.
1. The Fairy Tale – Cardiff Castle
Take a private tour around Cardiff’s historic heart with an expert guide around some of the most romantic rooms, including the iconic Clock Tower. Finish at the beautiful Octagon Stairs – this is your cue to grab that engagement ring & pop that question. A glass of bubbles will be waiting for you to toast the happy occasion, and a bouquet of flowers to take home as a memento of your day. You can even design your own package to include one of the many romantic interiors of the castle.
2. The Dinner Date – Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in Hotel Indigo
Take a trip up to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Hotel Indigo’s romantic rooftop restaurant where you will experience a classic British menu with some truly delectable steaks, perfectly paired with tantalising cocktails.
The terrace area is the perfect place to get down on one knee or nip out for a breath of fresh air to calm your nerves before popping the question. Hotel Indigo Review
3. The Quirky One – The Clink Restaurant at HMP Cardiff
No ‘ball and chain’ gags here please, although the very name projects a keen sense of humour. This innovative dining experience that will challenge perceptions is staffed by prisoners working towards City & Guilds NVQs in Food Preparation, Food Service and Customer Service, leading to employment in the UK hospitality industry upon release. Since opening, the Restaurant has won several prestigious awards, including being named tenth best restaurant in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015 and receiving the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s 3 Star Award. It also champions the wealth of quality, fresh and organic produce available throughout Wales.
4. Tea for Two at Mansion House Cardiff
Where better to propose that at the resplendent Grade II listed building surrounded in over a century of history? Originally home to James Howell, founder of the famous department store in the city centre, the Mansion House offers unrivalled opulence and sanctuary for events that are a little more special like a secret proposal! The Mansion House provides a unique opportunity to indulge yourself and your guests in the luxury of a grand private house in the heart of our vibrant capital city.
5. Get roped into it – CIWW Air Trail
Are you brave enough to propose on the high ropes adventure trail at Cardiff International White Water? If your spouse to be is an adrenaline junkie, this is the spot for you. Be sure not to drop the ring as the Air Trail towers above the CIWW white water course.
6. Love is in The Air with Hover Helicopters
If the Air Trail is not quite high enough why not take to the skies from Cardiff Heliport.
Choose between 5-minute sightseeing flights above Cardiff Bay, 15 minute flights above the City and 30 minute flights up the coast. Passengers can enjoy a bird’s eye view of South Wales from 1,500ft, taking in landmarks such as the Millennium Centre, the Principality Stadium, Cardiff Castle and the Severn Crossings; the ultimate VIP sightseeing trip!
7. Treat him or her like a Queen- Principality Stadium Tour
Book a tour of this iconic stadium and produce the ring box in the President’s box. You can sit you your loved one in the actual seat the Queen perches on when watching a game.
You can then raise a trophy in a victorious pose in the area normally reserved for Royalty.
If you need to muster a bit of passion the Dragon’s Lair”, Wales’ home dressing room may be the place for you, hearing a recording of the roar of 74,500 fans as you walk down the players tunnel towards the hallowed turf should do the trick.
8. The One at Sea– Bay Island Voyages
No need to ‘go overboard’ with this one, simply jump on one of the Bay Island Voyages for an unforgettable experience. Take a RIB ride around the South Wales coast and take in the hidden gem, Flat Holm Island,
Getting to Cardiff By air, by road, by rail… and even by sea
Cardiff has direct rail links to many cities in the UK including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Southampton. The journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes.
Where to Stay
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious five-star hotel, cosy guest house, or accommodation with a difference, Cardiff has plenty of choice – and most hotels and B&Bs are only a short walk from the city’s visitor attractions, shops and train station. Choose waterfront views in Cardiff Bay, experience city living in the heart of Cardiff’s city-centre or relax in the beautiful Welsh countryside in a country hotel.