If you’re struggling to think of romantic things to do this Valentine’s Day, our guide to the 6 most...
The Welsh capital is a city made for lovers. Show your cariad (sweetheart) how much you really care, with our list of some of the best romantic things to do in Cardiff. We guarantee you’ll both be smitten with the place!
Overlooked by the splendour of Cardiff Castle and bordered by the River Taff, Bute Park is a peaceful sanctuary often referred to as “the city’s green heart.” Spanning over 130 acres, the borders of this Cardiff landmark are brimming with flowers, its arboretum has over 3,000 beautiful tree species, and wildlife is absolutely everywhere. What better place to unfurl a blanket, tuck into a cute picnic hamper, and let love bloom?
Address: Bute Park, North Rd, Cardiff CF10 3DX
Fancy a taste of the Mediterranean Riviera? Take an hour-long private cruise the waters of Cardiff Bay and beautiful River Ely in Baia Vita, a sleek, retro, Italian-style motorboat. Head aboard, take in the wonderful sights with the breeze through your hair, listen to music of your choice (we’d personally recommend some Bublé crooning sweet nothings in in Italian) and sip a little fizz. Bellissima!
Castle Coch is a jewel of the 19th century Gothic Revival period that will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported right into a Brothers Grimm story. As well as having featured in Doctor Who, the castle was also used as the location of Cackle’s Academy in the popular 90s kids’ TV show, The Worst Witch. At only a half-hour’s train journey from the centre of Cardiff, it’s well worth the trip to make your very own magical memories.
Address: Castell Coch, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JS
More information: vwww.cadw.gov.wales/daysout/castell-coch
All this romance can work up a real appetite. Go for gold and head underground to the stylish, former bank vault-turned-restaurant, The Potted Pig. Serving a mouthwatering, reasonably-priced and ever-changing menu of some of the finest food in the city from local independent suppliers, it also stocks an especially excellent selection of bespoke gins.
For something a little different, look no further than Milgi. This quirkily styled bohemian bistro serves up a delicious, vegan-friendly menu that is simply divine. It’s known far and wide for the yurt in the back yard, where you can eat drink and be merry – not to mention catch some amazing, live musical acts.
Address: The Potted Pig, 27 High Street, Cardiff, CF10 1PU
Reservations: 029 2022 4817; email@example.com
Address: Milgi, 213 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JD
Reservations: 029 2047 3150, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a pair of culture vultures, why not visit the National Museum Cardiff and gaze, hand in hand, at its collection of artistic treasures? As well as being home to paintings by Impressionist artists like Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir, the gallery regularly hosts exhibitions of breath-taking work.
They say music is the food of love, so be sure to catch a spectacular performance at the Welsh Millennium Centre. Hauntingly beautiful concerts from the resident Welsh National Opera, classic musicals, gigs by ground-breaking and popular artists – there’s something for every couple to enjoy.
Address: National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP
Contact: 029 2063 6464
More information: www.museum.wales
Address: Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL
More information: wmc.org.uk/WhatsOn
Relive the illicit excitement of the Prohibition era together and track down Cardiff’s hidden speakeasy. Wandering down a back street, one of you spots a solitary doorway with a doorbell… If you’re brave enough to press it, you’ll be swiftly ushered into one of the coolest secret watering holes around.
The Dead Canary isn’t just a bar; it’s truly a drink experience. The delectable concoctions created by the select team of expert bartenders are not to be missed. Fancy something that’s not on the menu? The Dead Canary staff love a challenge and, if let them your favourite ingredient – or even your favourite book or song – they’ll rustle up a custom beverage just for you. If you ask, maybe they’ll create a cocktail inspired by your love for each other!
Address: shh – it’s a secret! Somewhere along Barrack Lane, Cardiff… Look out for the buzzer asking you to “ring my bell”
Reservations: 029 2023 1263; thedeadcanary.co.uk/booking
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