Fun things to do in Cardiff for £5.60 or less!

Did you know that as of December 17th the toll to enter Wales from England via the Severn Bridge is set to be scrapped? To mark this historic day where visitors can now enter Wales free of charge, Visit Cardiff have come up with a list of 17 things you can do in the Welsh Capital with the £5.60 you’ve saved by not having to pay the car toll.

From heritage sites and free tours to boat rides and much more – there’s so much to do in the ‘diff you’ll be spoilt for choice!


1.       Experience life as an Astronaut

Tim Peake
Until 10th Feb

See the spacecraft that brought British astronaut Tim Peake back to Earth from the International Space Station at the National Museum Wales’ latest exhibition. The exhibition is free or check out the VR experience for just 40p more than the old toll at £6!



2.      Get festive at Winter Wonderland’s Sur La Piste bar 


Until 6th Jan

Celebrate Christmas in style and head to the beautifully decorated wooden chalet at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland. Enjoy a mulled wine or a hot chocolate for under £5.60 and catch up with friends and family.



3.      Wales’ most popular heritage attraction – St Fagan’s National Museum of History


Explore Welsh history and heritage like never before as you walk through reconstructed buildings from different locations and eras of history. Treat yourself to a light bite and a drink at one of the 4 on-site restaurants and tea rooms for under £5.60 – or spend it all in the old fashioned sweet shop like we would!



4.      ATTENTION ALL Film Fanatics!

Cardiff Independent Film Festival


Now we’ve got your attention, did you know that Cardiff has some of the cheapest cinema screenings in the UK? It’s one of the many little things that we love about the ‘diff.



5.     Crate diggers strike gold!

£5.60 & under

Cardiff is well known for its music scene and its record stores. Spillers Records located in the Morgan Arcade may well be the oldest record shop in the world, but Kelly’s Records at Cardiff Market is the best place to root around for rare 1st pressings and second hand 7” singles. You’re bound to find some absolute gems for less than £5.60!



6.      Let them eat (Welsh) cake!


If you’re visiting Wales you simply have to try some Welsh cakes – Bakestones located at Cardiff Market make the tastiest Welsh cakes in the city, and you can mix and match 10 different flavours for just a fraction of the cost of the toll at £2.90 – Lush!


7.      Iechyd da!

£5.60 & under

Grab a pint of Cardiff brew for less than £5. Over the past year, Cardiff has become a craft ale capital with hoppy hipster hangout spots popping up within walking distance of one another. Try some of our faves: Tiny Rebel, Beelzebub’s, & Zero Degrees!



8.      Experiment at Lab 22

weekdays before 8PM
weekends before 6PM

Lab 22 is one of Cardiff’s trendiest cocktail bars. All of its drinks are inspired by scientific experimentation and are fun and innovative. You can sample one of their fantastic cocktails for just £5 if you visit before 8pm on a weekday and 6pm on a weekend – a perfect place to rest and enjoy a drink.



9.      Sanctuary in the City 


One of Cardiff’s best kept secrets is Roath Park Conservatory. It’s a wonder to behold with exotic plants, flowers and even terrapins. This hidden gem is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and find tranquillity. You can even feed the Koi Karp for an extra 50p.


10.  Dine like a local


MCR you can keep your curry mile, we’ve got the infamous CHIPPY LANE!
Visited by everyone from the South African rugby team to Snoop Dogg, Caroline Street as it’s formally known is the place to dine like a local.
Sample one of Cardiff’s finest delicacies, chicken curry off-the-bone and chips from ‘Dorothy’s’.

Top Tip: Order a ‘half and half’ for the authentic Welsh dining experience. Perfect after an evening on the town.


11.  Move over Boris Bikes, Nextbikes are in town!

£2 & under

Want to see beautiful vistas and take in the fresh sea air? Rent a Nextbike and go for a ride along the Cardiff Bay Trail, passing public art, coffee shops and fantastic views along your way.



12.  Still want moor?


If you’ve been to Cardiff before and not hopped on one of our water buses which take you between Bute Park and Cardiff Bay then what are you waiting for?



13.   Step back in time at Insole Court

Insole Court

Insole Court

Free – £5

Discover local history at Insole Court, where you can explore the beautiful grounds and most of the mansion free of charge, however for just £5 you can get a guided tour and experience a new permanent audio-visual exhibition, ‘This House is a Stage’. This brings the rooms to life and follows the fascinating story of the Insole family as they climb the social ladder.



14.       Sticky Fingers

£5.60 & Under


Cardiff’s Street food scene rivals that of any other city with its award winning vendors. Sticky Fingers is the latest venture from the scene, a permanent street food hall in the Brewery Quarter and the perfect place to try some fab finger food and a couple of pints of Brains.



15. Whose coat’s that jacket?


Cardiff has some amazing vintage clothing establishments but Flamingos Vintage in the Capitol Shopping Centre provides banging clothes at a budget. You pay by weight, meaning you could leave with a couple of groovy shirts or t shirts for this price.



16. A tour of Y Senedd – National Assembly for Wales

You have to take a free tour of this unique landmark, which is both architecturally and culturally significant. The home of Welsh devolution is a must for anyone who wants to find out about Welsh culture and politics.
With a lovely café inside why not treat yourself to a coffee and a cake for £4


17. Get Jazzy with it!


At the world renowned RWCMD every week at 5.30pm on a Friday you can attend the ‘Amser Jazz Time’ jazz club free of charge. Featuring two bands each week, it draws on some of Wales’ most exciting musicians. The event is free to enter so why not relax and listen to music with a nice glass of wine for £5.60