You did it! You booked on the Cardiff Triathlon. Only problem is, you’re not local and you’re travelling to Cardiff for the event weekend and you’re wondering what to do with the rest of your time while you’re here. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered!
We’ve put together the ideal itinerary for triathletes and their supporters over the weekend. A balance of adrenaline fuelled sporting activities, must see tourist attractions, beautiful scenery and local Welsh heritage and culture that will have you coming back for more.
Morning – Start Your Day The Right Way.
Whether you’re just landing in Cardiff that morning or travelled down that night before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You’ll need your energy so make sure you make the most of the hotel breakfast buffet or any number of eateries in locale – we’ve got loads lined up for you!
Kicking off the day is a tour of Cardiff Castle, one of Cardiff’s most iconic and popular landmarks and tourist attraction. It’s steeped with rich history and has tales of hauntings. Behind the walls you’ll find a secret rooftop garden, a Norman keep, wartime shelters, ‘Firing Line’ military museum and beautifully restored rooms.
Entry and tours (1hr) cost £16 for an adult and £12 for a Child.
Lunchtime – Park Life
Cardiff has a range of stunning outdoor spaces and parks, ideal for a relaxing stroll. Bute Park is perfectly located just a 2 minute walk from Cardiff Castle’s main gate and is one of the largest urban parks in Wales. It’s incredibly peaceful, so much so it’s easy to forget that you are in the middle of a city!
Afternoon – All Aboard!
We’re off to Cardiff Bay! The water bus, the Princess Katherine, will whisk you away from Bute Park to Cardiff Bay. The boat goes direct from Bute Park to the Bay taking in the sights of the Principality Stadium, Brains Brewery, the River Taff and Cardiff Bay (Costs £4 per person and takes 25 minutes)
Registration for the Cardiff Triathlon will be open in the Pier Head Building from 2pm in the afternoon so make you call in a pick up your race pack for the main event. The SportPursuit Always Aim High Event Shop will be on site too so you can pick up some last minute kit or take advantage of the incredible deals on offer. There will a range of partners and suppliers in the event expo giving you access to some incredible deals on kit – stick around and take a look.
As well as the fast, flat, & friendly Cardiff Triathlon, the Bay has loads of sporting and adventure activities to get stuck into. The International Sports Village is just a short Nextbike, bus, taxi, or Uber trip away with Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) nearby. CIWW is an exhilarating, adventure facility that caters for thrill-seekers of all ages and abilities and offers a wide range of water sports courses. Navigate the choppy waves of the white water rafting course with up to 6 friends; try out the gnarly ‘indoor wave’ simulated surf machine; or perhaps canoeing and kayaking is more up your street? If you’re more of a land bird Cardiff International White Water also offer an ‘Air Trail’ and a ‘Climbing Wall’.
If you’d prefer a little bit of R&R, a short stroll from CIWW is The International pool. Take full advantage of the sauna, steam and spa and you will leave feeling revitalized and rejuvenated. The facility also offers an impressive 50m Olympic swimming pool, and for those of you with little-ones there is also a leisure pool with fun twisting slides, toys, inflatables and floats.
Evening – Enjoy the delights of Cardiff Cuisine and an early night before the big day!
Cardiff bay and the surrounding areas have a wide range of amazing restaurants that cater for all tastes. Whether you’re a vegan, pesectarian or carnivore there’s something for everyone at Cardiff Bay from a J.D Weatherspoons, Bills, Bella Itallia, Nandos,Wagamama’s, a newly opened Cosy Club and many more including fantastic independents such as Moshk and Duchess of Dheli. you will want to fuel up before the big day so make sure to get your healthy calories in!
Evening – Time to catch some Zzz’s
Now it’s off to bed with you so you can be fresh and ready on the start line for the Cardiff Triathlon!
Morning – Triathlon Time
Make sure you’re in Cardiff Bay early to take in all the atmosphere of the main event – The Cardiff Triathlon. The SportPursuit Always Aim High Events Shop will be open for last minute buys and the crowds will be gathering to cheer on the participants.
After you’ve crossed the finish line or cheered your loved one home, there’s still plenty on offer in Cardiff. Most importantly you need to be fed, you’ve all earned it!
Afternoon – Fuel Up!
Here’s a pro-tip for you – head into the suburbs for lunch before you head off home. Check out Roath or Pontcanna. These areas are the stylish leafy suburbs of Cardiff with beautiful Victorian architecture. They’re home to some of the best, hidden gem independent eateries and restaurants Cardiff has to offer.
In Roath, you’ve got Juno Lounge, this cosy and quirky restaurant is bursting with colour and flair and even has its own rooftop terrace.
In Pontcanna, we recommend the Pontcanna Inn. One of Cardiff’s newest pub-restaurants and a short stroll from the city centre, its burst onto the food scene with a bang. The food is hearty, homely and delicious; just what you need.