The Welsh capital and the UK’s 10th largest city, Cardiff is a place well worth visiting. With its array of restaurants, bars, hotels, sights and attractions, it’s also the perfect place to host a romantic day out or weekend away.
There’s so much to see and do, and just in case you’re spoilt for choice, here are some suggestions for the perfect romantic date in Wales’s most popular visitor destination.
Once you’ve arrived in the city (there are many transport links from London and the rest of the UK), you’ll probably want to do some sightseeing. Whether you met each other at uni in London or on dating websites in Cardiff, a sightseeing tour is a romantic way to spend the day, with a clear focus to provide natural talking points.
The city is home to many beautiful castles and picturesque landscapes. The leading attraction, Cardiff Castle, is located in the city centre and contains over 2,000 years of history from Roman times to the present day. The slightly lesser known Castell Coch (behind the peaceful village of Tongwynlais), nicknamed the ‘fairytale castle’, is also a great spot for relaxing and taking in your surroundings.
Feeling hungry? Grab a late lunch at the fun Pica Pica tapas bar on Westgate Street – the lively atmosphere is sure to relieve any first (or third!) date tension. If Spanish isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options among Cardiff’s great Edwardian and Victorian arcades and modern shopping centres, where you can also indulge in a spot of retail therapy.
There are some wonderful offerings of opera, ballet and live music at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre. It’s a must-visit venue and, with some performances being completely free, there’s no excuse to miss seeing some talent.
For dinner, the Mint and Mustard ─ listed in the Observer Food Monthly Awards ─ offers an exciting, contemporary dining experience and exceptional Indian cuisine. Woods Bar & Brasserie also makes a great setting for a romantic meal, with its imaginative menu and mellow atmosphere.
Extend your stay
Perhaps you’d like to spend a while longer in the city. After all, there’s so much to see and do that you may struggle to cram it all into a short stay. There are hundreds of fabulous hotels to choose from in Cardiff.
Go on, give Cardiff a go, and enjoy a romantic date experiencing the very best the city has to offer. If you want to find that special someone to take on a trip to Cardiff, why not visit eHarmony? It’s easy to use and there are thousands of singles looking for love.
Tracey Chandler is a freelance travel writer, originally from London, making her way around Latin America at present, with plenty of romantic stories to share.