Things to do in Wales

Sat on the front desk of our hostel typing away, the third guest today asks me: "What is there to do in Cardiff and Wales?". I look blankly back at them. I'm stumped like when you are at a party and someone yells from across the room "Chuck us a song on!". My brain refuses to think of a song (any song) and I feel inadequate. So I have compiled a list of things to do here, not only as a personal reference but also for our guests and customers alike.

The first chunk was easy, Grace who formerly worked here has done a lot of the leg work and I'll keep adding to it as ideas come to me! 

Be sure to send me any ideas you have or experiences worth listing here ! 

Enjoy!

 

1. Skydive over the Gower in Swansea

If parachuting from as high as 12,000 ft isn't thrilling enough, you'll get to see the beautiful Gower Peninsula in all of it's might.

How much is it and when can you go?

A tandem jump is £230 and is weather dependent.

skydiveswansea.co.uk

How can I get here?

You can catch a National Express Coach from Sophia Gardens to Swansea and take the 118 Bus toward Rhossili until Fairwood Airport. Then it’s a short 5 minute walk to the centre.

 

2. Go on a coasteering adventure

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Pioneered in Wales, coasteering is a blend of rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and cliff-jumping for the ultimate aquatic adventure. Yet en route you’ll discover wildlife and beautiful scenery too.

How much is it and when can you go?

Prices start at around £30 and run throughout the year.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/watersports/coasteering/locations-operators

How do I get here?

There are many different locations to coasteer in Wales, from Gower, to St Davids, all along the west coast and beyond. Just ask us to point you to the area you want to discover! St Davids and West Wales are accessible via trains from Cardiff central. You may have to catch a bus at the other end just to get a little closer to your goal.  To get to the Gower there are trains from Cardiff Central to Swansea and then a bus (several and varying).

 

3. Paddleboard or Kayak in West Wales

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The intricate Welsh coastlines could have been designed for the perfect paddling experience – they're that good.

How much is it and when can you go?

Lessons start at around £60 and run throughout the year.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/watersports/canoeing-kayaking

How do I get here?

St Davids and West Wales are accessible via trains from Cardiff central. You may have to catch a bus at the other end just to get a little closer to your goal. 

 

4. Ride the rapids

http://i4.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10716716.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Ben-salter.jpgYou can choose to white water raft among the picturesque scenery of places like Bala or in the convenience of the inner city at the capital's International White Water Centre, CIWW.

How much is it and when can you go?

Prices start at around £50 and available throughout the year.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/watersports/white-water-rafting/whitewater-locations

How do I get here?

We have our very own centre in Cardiff:

Public transport: Catch the Barry or Bridgend trains from Cardiff Central and alight at Cogan Train Station. Then walk across Pont y Werin bridge to Cardiff International Sports Village.

Hop on board the Cardiff Bus service 7 (nearest stop: Canal Street by Cardiff central Library) or 9 (nearest stop:  Tudor Street). They run frequently from the City Centre and Cardiff Bay. For timetables visit www.traveline-cymru.info

If you’d like to try rafting with a little more nature, just ask us to point you in the right direction!

 

5. Conquer a Welsh castle

http://i1.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10716728.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Steve-slater.jpgRaglan castle

There are more than 600 castles in Wales - more per square mile than anywhere else in the world.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free to see though some may charge for entry and available throughout the year.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/attractions/castles-heritage/is-wales-the-castle-capital-of-the-world

We have our own Cardiff Castle a 3 minute walk from NosDa or beautiful Caerphilly castle is a 20 minute train ride away. There are many more which can be easily found via public transport.

6. Become a Roman in Caerleon

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Delve into Roman history at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, where an outpost of the Roman Empire was established in AD75.

How much is it and when can you go? Free throughout the year.

More info: museumwales.ac.uk/roman

How do I get here?
Get a train from Cardiff Central as far as Newport and then a bus (27, 29B)

 

7. Take a walk in waterfall country

http://i2.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10717255.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/JS44022797.jpgFour falls trail, Brecon Beacons

Get your wellies ready and enjoy the movement and colour of Brecon Beacons National Park's many beautiful waterfalls.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free all year round.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-hiking/waterfall-country

How do I get here?

Hop on the T4 bus from Cardiff (nearest stop: Castle Street, right next to the castle)!

8. Step inside the Doctor's TARDIS in Cardiff Bay

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Did you know Doctor Who is filmed in Wales? Fans of the show, or Whovians as they're affectionately named, can enjoy a huge array of Doctor Who activities at the Doctor Who Experience.

How much is it and when can you go?

General admission starts at £14 for adults and available all year round.

More info: doctorwho.tv/events/doctor­who­experience

How do I get here?

A 40 minute walk from NosDa or no. 6 (nearest stop: Wyndham arcade on St Marys Street),7 (nearest stop: Canal Street by Cardiff central Library) or 8 bus (nearest stop:  Tudor Street)!

9. Take the ultimate literary adventure at Hay Festival

http://i3.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10717300.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/JS64205035.jpgBill Clinton called Hay Festival the "Woodstock of the mind" and is where you can enjoy the work of poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians as well as novelists and environmentalists.

How much is it and when can you go?

Tickets range from £5 - £19 per gig and takes place between Thursday May 26 and Sunday June 5.

More info: hayfestival.com

How do I get here?

Hay-On-Wye is best by car but it’s not impossible by public transport. You can catch a train to Hereford from Cardiff Central and then the 39 or 39B bus.

 

10. Cycle the Celtic Trail

The epic 220-mile cycle route is a must for any cycling enthusiast where your backdrop is the wonderful Welsh landscape, including the Pembrokeshire coast, the rural beauty of Carmarthenshire and the gorgeous hills of the Valleys.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/biking/cycling/the-celtic-trail

How do I get here:

Anywhere along the South coast, you can start by taking a bike along the River Taff (just outside) down to Cardiff Bay.

You can rent a bike from Pol right here at NosDa ! http://www.cardiffcycletours.com/

11. Battle the burn of Velothon Wales

18,000 riders will roll across South Wales in spring for the some 86-mile, closed-road cycling sportive where those taking part can enjoy some stunning scenery and fundraise for a good cause.

How much is it and when can you go?

Entries are £65 and takes place on Sunday, May 22.

More info: velothon-wales.co.uk

How do I get here?

It changes from year to year but most routes start and end in Cardiff!

 

http://i3.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10717731.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/JS10297231.jpg12. Eat a meal in prison

The Clink at Cardiff Prison came out top out of 946 restaurants in Cardiff on TripAdvisor in 2015.

How much is it and when can you go?
A Sunday Lunch costs £15.95 and is open all year round.

More info: theclinkcharity.org/the-clink-restaurants/cardiff-wales

How do I get here?

A half an hour walk across town to the other side of Cardiff Prison on Knox Road.

 

http://i4.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10717738.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Jelene-Morris.jpg13. Take your dog boating in Brecon

Beacon Park Dayboats welcomes up to two dogs per electric boat or even two pooches in a Canadian canoe, so you can set sail on a waterborne adventure together.

How much is it and when can you go?

A three-seater canoe starts at £15 for the hour and available all year round.

More info: beaconparkdayboats.co.uk

How do I get here?

Hop on the T4 bus from Cardiff (nearest stop: Castle Street, right next to the castle)!

14. Get spooked on a ghost walk in Llandaff

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How much is it and when can you go?

Group tours start from £25 and dependent on weather.

More info: cardiffhistory.co.uk

How do I get here?

A 40 minute walk from NosDa or a quick ride on a number of buses:

By bus from Cardiff city centre (Cardiff Central Bus Station)

Ask your driver to tell you when to get off for Llandaff Cathedral.  It is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop down Llandaff High Street to the meeting point on the Cathedral Green. 66, 62, 63, 25 (closest stop for all: Cardiff bridge on castle street).

15. Wander the coastal walks of Wales

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The first country to offer a dedicated footpath around its coastline, the Wales Coast Path is 870 miles of varied and beautiful landscape.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-hiking/wales-coast-path

How do I get here?

Literally start from any part of the coast you like. We suggest Cardiff Bay, or you can take a bus or train from central station. Do a little research and see what you come out with!

http://i4.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10718213.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/JS51470841.jpg16. Soak up the atmosphere at a Wales rugby home game

The Principality Stadium (and lets face it, the surrounding pubs) are the home of Welsh rugby. Nothing quite captures Welsh pride more than witnessing a win during an international match.

How much is it and when can you go?

Costs vary and matches happen throughout the year.

More info: visitwales.com/things-to-do/attractions/sports-events/wales-rugby

How do I get here? Our Hostel stands in the wake of the great Principality Stadium (formerly the Millennium Stadium).

http://i3.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10719793.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Gareth-Lovering-Photography.jpg17. Explore murky underworlds in Brecon

The Brecon Beacons’ western section, the Fforest Fawr Geopark, is the setting of four of Britain’s five longest subterranean limestone systems. Explore these cavernous mines with an extensive caving and potholingsession.

How much is it and when can you go?

Sessions start from £120 for an individual but prices drop sharply for group bookings. Open all year round.

More info: hawkadventures.co.uk

How do I get here?

Get the t4 bus straight to Brecon from Cardiff.


18. Experience the sun, surf and salty air of the Gower

http://i2.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10719797.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/JS65038628.jpgRhossili Bay

The UK’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was the Gower Peninsula in South West Wales, which marks 60 years as an AONB in 2016. Visit Rhossili Beach, which came third in Trip Advisor’s Top Ten Beaches in the World in 2013 and, when the tide’s out, walk to Worm’s Head to spot seals and seabirds aplenty.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like

More info: visitwales.com/explore/west-wales/swansea-mumbles-gower/explore-award-winning-gower

How do I get here?

A train to Swansea from Cardiff Central and then the 116 bus (alternatives are also running, ask at the station).

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19. Run the Cardiff Half Marathon

The route takes runner past the capital’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. The predominantly flat and fast course makes it ideal for beginners and elites.

How much is it and when can you go?

Entry is £37 or £34 affiliated entry. The race generally takes place around October time each year.

More info: http://www.cardiffhalfmarathon.co.uk/

 

http://i1.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10719993.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Archangel12.jpg20. Discover fossils at Llantwit Major

One of Wales' best locations for collecting fossils. Top tip, the best area is to the east of the cafe where the beach is less built up.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like.

More info: llantwitmajor.ukfossils.co.uk

How do I get here?

There’s a train from Cardiff Central to Llantwit Major followed by a pleasant walk down to the beach.

http://i1.walesonline.co.uk/incoming/article10720237.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/Ben-Salter.jpg21. Visit the past at St Fagans

St Fagans is one of Europe's leading open–air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction that lets you walk around Wales from Celtic times to the present day.

How much is it and when can you go?

Free, whenever you like.

More info: museumwales.ac.uk/stfagans

How do I get here?

Catch the 32a bus from Cardiff (closest stop: Cardiff bridge on castle street).

 

22. Catch the water taxi

 

Why take the road if you can take the river ? It's £4.00 to catch the Princess Katharine from the Castle grounds in the center of Cardiff to the Bay ! Check out the website here: http://www.cardiffboat.com/

 

There are more than 600 castles in Wales - more per square mile than anywhere else in the world