If you’re planning a romantic break, look no further than Cardiff.

Did you know
Cariadpronounced ka-ree-ad is Welsh for love
Cardiff is a stand-out visitor destination for starry-eyed couples. We not only celebrate Valentines Day, but have our own Welsh version! Perhaps you’ll be inspired to pop the question whilst you’re here!

Take a leaf out of a Romance Novel

Cardiff boasts more green space per person than any other UK city, so pack a picnic and set out for a romantic stroll in one of our award winning parks. Bute Park lies in the heart of the city centre with Cardiff Castle providing a spectacular backdrop. Running alongside the River Taff, the 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland means there is plenty of space to get down on one knee without being seen by the crowds.

If sipping on champagne and strawberries, surrounded by water and looking across at your lover appeals to you, try a boat trip on Roath Park Lake. Described as the jewel in Cardiff’s crown, Roath Park is situated just outside of the city centre and still retains its classic Victorian atmosphere and layout. Making it an ideal spot for this traditional pastime of yester-year.

A good love story has a fairy tale ending and where do fairy tales take place? Castles of course! So for a romantic day of sightseeing why not visit one of the city’s historic fortresses.

Castell Coch, meaning red castle, literally looks like the place where Rapunzel let down her long hair and if your fair maiden is worthy of glistening gold take a trip to the lavish Cardiff Castle right in the heart of the city centre. Tips for those aspiring knights in shining armour, walk the steps to the top of the Norman Keep for amazing views across the city. And Cardiff Castle have launched their new proposal package! No pressure.

Take your passion to the next level

If your loved one has a passion for art and culture we recommend Cardiff’s museums and galleries. You can take a walk hand-in-hand around the National Museum and Art Gallery which occupies the impressive civic building and boasts a magnificent collection of impressionist art by the likes of Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh, as well as work by the first great Welsh artists, including Richard Wilson.

If music be the food of love, play on. Famed for live music and comedy gigs in a wide range of genres and with venues across the city to suit all ages and tastes, Cardiff is one to get your toes tapping. From intimate sessions at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where aspiring musicians showcase their talents to tribute bands at the Globe and mainstream mega stars performing in front of thousands at the stadium or Motorpoint Arena, there really is something for everyone.

Shower your loved one with gifts

Check out some of the best places to dine on a first date in Cardiff
You’ve come to the right city! Cardiff is a hot spot for retail therapy. Cardiff is known as the City of Arcades for it’s Victorian and Edwardian Arcades. Then there’s award-winning St David’s Shopping Centre all within walking distance or each other, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Pick up a Welsh Love Spoon to remember your trip, this traditional Welsh craft is a wooden spoon decoratively carved with symbols of love that was traditionally presented as a gift of romantic intent.

Or if you’ve really got that loving feeling and a bit of bling is on the cards, check out one of the city’s many jewellery stores, from leading names to independent dealers selling one-off pieces. Jonathan David located in Morgan Arcade has been trading since 1896 and is Cardiff’s oldest jewellery store.

After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Get a room!

If you want to stay somewhere as special, then you won’t be disappointed with five-star Voico St David’s, providing beautiful accommodation with fantastic views of Mermaid Quay and Cardiff Bay Barrage and a spa which offers a wreath of treatments and facilities over-looking said views.

Cardiff city centre offers a range of accommodation from boutique to 4 star and serviced apartments, all within easy walking distance of the city’s top attractions. More on Where to Stay in Cardiff .

Getting to Cardiff


By Air

Cardiff Airport is 12 miles west of the city centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 of the M4. The airport has direct flights to over 50 destinations and connecting flights to over 800 destinations worldwide. Visit the Cardiff Wales airport website for details.

Airlines operating from Cardiff include KLM, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Vueling, Qatar Airways, and Ryanair.

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What is Cardiff to you?