Looking to explore and discover new places to visit in the New Year? You don’t need to travel far for new experiences in 2019. A place that needs to be explored this year is Cardiff. Not only is it one of the UK’s top city break destinations, Cardiff is filled with fantastic outdoor experiences that can help kick start your fitness routine in the New Year.

Taff Trail, Bute Park, Cardiff

Whether you’re looking for a walking experience or something a bit more thrill seeking on the water, this city has it all. Here are some of the perfect outdoor spaces to enjoy when visiting Cardiff in early 2019.


Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre & Cardiff Sailing Centre

Looking for something different on your next short break around the UK? Take time out and experience Cardiff Bay which has a wide range of water sport activities for people of all ages and skill levels.

Whether you’re new to water sports or have a general interest in it, experiencing something like this at Cardiff Bay should be on your bucket list for 2019.

You can enjoy sports such as Sailing, Rowing and Windsurfing, to name but a few, while the activity centre also provide lessons for RYA Powerboat and other shorebase courses.

With qualified experts on hand to help you every step of the way, why not step outside of your comfort zone at the Cardiff Bay Water Activity Centre this year.


Bute Park

Unique, spacious and lush are just a few of the superlatives to describe the greenery of Bute Park.  Located in the city centre, next to the iconic Cardiff Castle, Bute Park is one of the top outdoor attractions in the city of Cardiff.

This award winning attraction is the perfect place to come and enjoy peace and relaxation away from the city centre. Great for wildlife spotting, walks and history, it’s a place to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Bute Park is also a wonderful place to visit with its arboretum that’s home to 50 UK Champion Trees. The park also plays an important role in the event calendar hosting numerous shows throughout the year such as the RHS Show Cardiff.

Known fondly by locals as the Green Heart of Cardiff, Bute Park is just one of 330 public parks and gardens and has helped shape the city into what it is today and plays an important role for the local population.

Bute Park is a place to be discovered and on your next visit to Cardiff, experiencing this extensive parkland attraction should be part of your itinerary.


Fforest Fawr Circular Walk

Castell Coch, Fforest Fawr

Near to the mesmerising Gothic Castle of Castel Coch and just a short drive from the centre of Cardiff is the Fforest Fawr Circular Walk.  It’s great for the little ones who are keen for going on an adventure while visiting Cardiff.  The leisure trail is just under 2 miles long and takes you on a memorable journey through the forest at Fforest Fawr.

Keep an eye out for the animals on show here which are in sculpture form. They are scattered throughout the trail so get the kids to keep their eyes peeled. The sculptures depict animals that used to roam this Welsh forest, from the European Wolf to an original sculpture such as the Welsh Dragon.


Sully Island

One of the great things about Cardiff is it’s a city that has it all. From great shopping and dining options to a buzzing nightlife scene.  Not only that, it has the other fantastic places to discover nearby. Only a 30 minute drive from the centre is Sully Island. It’s really worth taking a day out and exploring one of the regions enchanting attractions.

From the hill at the end of the island that was said to have been a Viking look-out fort to a Victorian boat wreckage, Sully Island has history and character.

Dress warmly and wear footwear for exploring the rocky outposts.


Cardiff Cycle Tours

Learn, discover and meander your way around the city of Cardiff in a unique and fun way with Cardiff Cycle Tours. Not only is this a fantastic way to remain fit and healthy, your guide takes you on a tour all over the city from the green parks, to Cardiff Bay and the wetland areas. Cardiff being one of the flattest cities not only in the UK but Europe, cycling around is relatively pain free and a wonderful way to get to know the city and what it has to offer.

These are just some of the best outdoor activities to visit while in Cardiff that won’t break the bank. Experience this city in the New Year and enjoy all that it has to offer.


This guest article was created by Holly Paton who is a travel writer for the hotel deals website myhotelbreak.com

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