Cardiff in the Spring is not just about the daffodils (although we have plenty of those too).

Cardiff is a fantastic destination for a Spring weekend break, the journey time from London Paddington to Cardiff is just over 2 hours and leaves every 30 minutes so you can spend even more time exploring the huge range of unique attractions, activities and events on offer.

Getting To Cardiff

Spring Events

RHS Flower Show Cardiff comes to Cardiff 13 – 15 April

As the first major RHS Flower show of the year, the Cardiff show comes at the ideal time to stock up on ‘must-haves’ for the gardening season ahead. Trade stands throughout the showground and a craft fair full of curios offers an enjoyable shopping experience while the farmers market is the place to find a bounty of culinary treats.

If you have little book worms, a great time for a weekend visit would be 21 – 29 April to experience the city whilst it hosts the Cardiff Children’s Literature Festival.

Spread over two weekends, the festival celebrates the very best in contemporary children’s books; with amazing tales and performances featuring a cast of wonderful characters it’s ideal for all those who love children’s literature. A host of renowned authors and illustrators will be making their words and pictures come to life in iconic venues across the city including City Hall , Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Story giving you the opportunity to combine entertaining the children with sightseeing!

Spring Shopping

Cardiff boasts a combination of designer brands, high street names as well as more individual and independent shops in charming Edwardian and Victorian arcades and ultra-modern shopping centres.

Spring Eats

With so much to see and do in Cardiff, you may wish to just grab a burger, if so head to The Grazing Shed, their Super Tidy Burgers are special, made from the heart, using only the finest quality locally sourced Welsh ingredients.

Or, if you want the complete Welsh experience whilst enjoying a bite to eat visit Yr Hen Lyfrgell, located in the heart of the city this is Cardiff’s first Welsh Cultural Centre. A unique opportunity to celebrate, practice and hear the Welsh language in an iconic building at the heart of our capital city.

The Bodlon shop on the ground floor sells the best Welsh gifts, homeware, books and cards to take home after your visit.

Spring in Cardiff Bay

Staying for the weekend will allow you to explore more than just the city centre; Cardiff Bay is a must and only a stone’s throw away but if little legs are feeling tired, regular trains run from Cardiff’s Queen Street station to Cardiff Bay on a whistle stop 4 minute journey.

A fun way to travel in style is by water taxi which operates throughout the year from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay (Approximately 25mins) departing: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 1.30pm 2.30pm 3.30pm 4.30pm

Don’t worry if you miss one, it will be a great excuse to stop off at Pettigrew Tea Rooms located at the main entrance to Bute Park in the heart of Cardiff City centre. This proudly independent restaurant is open seven days of the week for breakfast, lunch, Afternoon Tea and dinner events throughout the year.

When you arrive in Cardiff Bay you will find a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre and the Red Dragon Centre both ideal for all the family.

You won’t want to miss out on all that Cardiff Bay has to offer. From Mermaid Quay waterfront shopping and leisure that includes restaurants, bars, cafes and shops to our very own Croc in the Dock! The perfect free attraction for literature fans!

No trip to the Bay would be complete without a visit to the iconic Wales Millennium Centre where you can see a show or learn more about the history of Tiger Bay; what makes it such an interesting place and how residents lived and spent their time.

Why not stay a little longer?

Or why not extend your holiday for a break to the green green grass of home? Welsh home that is. From Cardiff you are never too far from lush countryside or mountains. Go North of Cardiff and you will find Caerphilly Mountain or head up to Brecon and climb the epic Pen-Y-Fan!  Whether it’s the hustle and bustle city life Cardiff has to offer or the outdoor adventure you’re after. Wales has it all. Check out Visit Wales for top tips for Family breaks away.

For more ideas visit our 36 Hours in Cardiff post