48 Hours in Cardiff, Wales – the Perfect Itinerary!

Cardiff is a city steeped in history, filled with charming architecture and a vibrant atmosphere, and is a perfect day-trip from London. 48 hours in Cardiff is the perfect amount of time to explore the cobbled streets lined with quaint shops and charming cafes, check out the historic landmarks and culture, or find peace in the natural nature.

48 hours in Cardiff - the perfect Welsh itinerary

So, take a moment to escape the hustle and bustle of London, and embrace the beauty of Cardiff with this 2 day itinerary.

48 Hours in Cardiff: Day 1

Morning

Begin your adventure at the heart of the city, Cardiff Castle. Wander through the opulent rooms, filled with rich decor and fascinating historical artifacts. Don’t miss the Clock Tower to savor breathtaking views of the city.

The Keep at Cardiff Castle, Wales

Lunch

Treat your taste buds to a traditional Welsh lunch at a cozy local pub. Maybe try a bowl of cawl (Welsh broth) or try a Welsh rarebit (cheese-based sauce on toast.) Don’t forget to pair your lunch with a refreshing pint of locally brewed ale and finish with a traditional Welsh Cake.

Welsh Cakes are a must eat in Cardiff

Afternoon

Stroll the historic Cardiff arcades. These arcades are beautifully decorated covered alleys – a treasure trove of independent shops, boutiques, and quaint cafes, offering a lovely shopping experience. The Royal Arcade was built in 1858 and is the oldest arcade in Cardiff, and it’s a Grade II listed building.

wander the arcades with 48 hours in Cardiff

Evening in Cardiff

Cardiff comes alive at night with a bustling bar and dining scene. You have options, you can head to Cardiff Bay, where you can find lots of restaurants offering cuisine from around the world while enjoying picturesque waterfront views, or you can find many great restaurants in the town center.

tapas bars in Cardiff, Wales

As dusk descends, Cardiff comes alive with its bustling pub and dining scene. We walked around the city center rather than the waterfront and found not one but two Spanish tapas restaurants (of all things not actually Welsh). There’s a huge and diverse array of cuisines and a pub or two or three on every block. We love people watching and talking to the locals made the perfect end to our first day in Cardiff.

48 Hours in Cardiff: Day 2

Morning

Start the morning with a wander around Cardiff Bay to see the cultural attractions. The Wales Millennium Centre is located here and you can grab a cup of coffee and take in the street performers and enjoy watching the boats on the bay.

visit Cardiff - it's fun

Lunch

Grab lunch at Cardiff Market from one of the many vendors. We loved this place – freshly made, authentic, and great-tasting food. Continue your afternoon with a leisurely walk through Bute Park, an oasis of greenery in the heart of the city.

there are some beautiful walks in Cardiff

Meander along the River Taff and don’t forget to pick some of the local blackberries that are growing alongside the river’s edge.

pick wild blackberries along the River Taft

Afternoon

Walk to Llandaff Cathedral. It’s a gorgeous walk along the river and once you arrive at the cathedral you can marvel at the medieval architecture. In 1107 this cathedral was rebuilt in grand style, and it’s considered one of the finest medieval pieces of architecture in Wales.

Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff Wales

what to do with 48 hours in Cardiff

Evening, Day 2 

As your 48 hours in Cardiff comes to an end, take a walk along Penarth Pier, just a short trip from the city center. Breathe in the salt air and soak in the sunset over the Bristol Channel before you head home.

Penarth Pier, Cardiff

Cardiff’s blend of heritage, culture, and natural beauty promises an experience that will linger in your heart long after you bid farewell. So, pack your bags, and make the journey to Wales’ capital to spend 48 hours in Cardiff.

Welsh Cakes in the Cardiff Market

As your 48 hours in Cardiff draw to a close, take a leisurely walk along Penarth Pier, just a short distance from the city center. Let the salt air refresh your senses as you watch the sunset over the Bristol Channel, bidding farewell to Cardiff with memories that will linger in your heart.

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Samantha

I’m a travel and health writer, digital brand consultant, breast cancer survivor, and supermom to two boys! I keep it real and share stories of raising an active family, life after a cancer diagnosis, and family travels around the world! Each story is shared with my dry, and sometimes naughty sense of humor.

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