Top 10 things to do in Cardiff as a student

Top 10 things to do in Cardiff as a student

1. Visit the nearby beaches

Cardiff is a 10 minute drive to the nearest beach, so if the weather is nice, grab your sunglasses and head to the coast! With the nearest coastline being Cardiff Bay, you are not far from the idyllic water views, with the nearest sandy beach being Barry Island, accessible via train from Cardiff Central or car, be sure to take the trip and enjoy a day down the seaside. You can even explore the coastal walk, fairground and penny arcades.

2. Walk Pen-Y –Fan

Take a 20 minute drive out of Cardiff and you will find yourself in the mountains of the Brecon Beacons, take a day trip to South Wales’s highest mountain Pen-Y-Fan and take the climb! It is a Welsh person’s rite of passage to reach the top and take a photo with the sign, so get involved, although your thighs may ache the next day.

3. Visit Chippy Lane

Anyone who has been on a night out in Cardiff has got to venture to Chippy Lane after 1am, when your alcohol fuelled body is crying out for a tray of chips and curry sauce at Dorothy’s or a sit down steak in Charleston’s. You may have swim through the littered street to get your hit, but who doesn’t like working for their food?

4. Go to a Rugby game

Wales is a nation that prides itself on passion and a prime example of this is at a rugby match, whether it’s a friendly pre-season game or the six nations, make sure you take advantage of Wales largest stadium (The Principality Stadium) on your doorstep. Wear a red shirt and a daffodil on your head and you will fit right in. It also might be worth learning the national anthem (which is in the Welsh language) and you can belt it out with pride before the start of the game.


5. Visit an independent coffee shop

There is plenty to choose from and we have no favourite! The arcades in the city centre or the discreet shops nestled in the Bay are the best and it’s even more rewarding if you stumble across these treat places yourself. So grab a friend and wander the streets and let us know what you find!


6. Go to Cardiff Arcades

As mentioned in point 5, Cardiff is lined with independent arcades, and with a pleasant combinations of shops and cafés, appreciate the escape from all the branded outlets and explore the stores!

7. Get your key to the castle

Anyone who lives in Cardiff or works in Cardiff has the privilege of obtaining their very own key to the castle! (Okay, so it’s not an actual key and more like a plastic credit card) but this is definitely worth having and showing off to your friends. For a small admin fee (for the card) you will have unlimited access to the castle and its grounds. You can explore the library, the great hall and the air raid shelters.

8. Walk the barrage

Cardiff Bay is Europe’s largest water development and will not disappoint! If you make your way towards the Doctor Who centre in the Bay (also worth a visit) and continue down the path you will be able to walk across the barrage and see how the fresh water of the bay is locked in. You can also take a boat around the bay to take in the stunning water views that make Cardiff Bay so special.

9. Go see the Cardiff Devils

The Cardiff Devils are Cardiff’s very own Ice Hockey team, and they are pretty good at it. The new Ice Arena Wales is based in the International Sports Village on the outskirts of Cardiff Bay. Their season runs from September to March and you will experience an atmosphere like no other! The chants, the on-ice fights, the clap-banners and the booze will make this a very enjoyable night out for everyone! You can get your tickets here, and what’s more Keylet are official partners of the Cardiff Devils so keep your eyes out for giveaways and competitions for your free ticket.

10. Go to a Festival

Cardiff is quite new to the festival scene, but still know how to throw a party! The festival seasons kicks off around June, when we have X Fest, previous DJ’s include Annie Mac, Craig David and Chase and Status, there’s also the Colour Fest in Splott Warehouse, previous DJ’s include Basement Jaxx and Oliver Heldens and to throw one more in, the Inside Out Festival also comes to Bute Park in September. Whilst these are the three main ones, look out for some day parties including those in Gwdihw car park and on the rooftop of Jacobs Market.

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Published: November 16, 2016