As a capital city, students often think that Cardiff will be an expensive place in which to live. However, compared with the UK’s other capital cities – Edinburgh, Belfast, and of course, London – Cardiff’s living costs are incredibly low. Consequently this makes it a fantastic choice for students. Furthermore, the city hosts an excellent range of low cost or free activities meaning you will never feel bored, even if you are on a strict budget. Here are TEG English’s suggestions for 5 Free Things to Do in Cardiff:
Educate yourself at the National Museum
Located in the city centre, you won’t even need to take a bus to this attraction! With free admission, this museum offers you the chance to learn about anything from natural history to impressionist art. If you want to find out more about the pieces on display, or if you just want to take the opportunity to practise your listening skills, join one of their free highlights tours which run daily with a volunteer guide.
If your experience inspired you to learn more about Welsh history, then head over to the Cardiff Story Museum. You will discover the history of the city through unique, interactive galleries. The museum is free and located inside the Old Library.
Go explore Bute Park
Described as the “Green Heart” of Cardiff, Bute Park is a great place to explore on a nice day. A walk through the park along the River Taff takes you out of the city where you feel connected to nature. Take some friends for a picnic or join one of the many events hosted here throughout the year. Furthermore this is a great place to do your General English or Exam Class homework.
Go window shopping in the Arcades
Cardiff is famous for its many Victorian and Edwardian arcades, located in the centre of the city. If you are interested in fashion, Morgan Arcade hosts a variety of stylish boutiques for you to investigate. Alternatively, head to Castle Arcade to see one of the only two-level shopping arcades and have a coffee in a trendy café.
Top tip: Maybe consider getting a Cardiff Visitor Card for discounts on shops, restaurants and cafes in the city!
Explore Cardiff Bay
Walk south from the city centre for about 30 minutes and you will reach Cardiff’s beautiful waterside area. Here you can visit many free attractions. For those interested in politics, the Senedd, also known as the national assembly, offers free tours daily. You can also go and see the Wales Millennium Centre which is one of the most famous Cardiff landmarks. Or for art and history lovers, head to the Norwegian Church Arts Centre with events running every month.
If you look across the water from Cardiff Bay, you can see the town of Penarth, which takes us to number five:
Walk to Penarth from Cardiff Bay
This walk takes just 40 minutes and gives you amazing coastal views and features interesting heritage sites along the way. Penarth is known for its great food and drink so walk to the town centre and check out the pubs and cafes. For fantastic views over the Bristol Channel, head to Penarth Pier. If you are interested in sailing, go to Penarth Quays or go to the beach to enjoy a day of nice weather.
Here at TEG Cardiff we run a busy social programme so make sure to follow us on Facebook and join our activities. At our pub nights and conversation cafés you can meet people from around the world and practise your speaking skills for free!
From the team at TEG English Cardiff!