I have long believed that my hometown of Cardiff is at its absolute best in Autumn, with its fairytale castles, magnificent parklands, impressive waterfront and suburban areas awash with colour as the leaves change.
Autumn in our fair city is all about strolls in the park in your bestest scarf, shivering under outdoor heaters to enjoy a cheeky pint, hot chocolates in cosy cafes and perhaps most importantly, it signals the start of rugby season, it is pure autumnal magic. Here selection of photos to inspire you to get outside right now and enjoy our marvellous city.
Roath Park seems the obvious choice for a stroll outside, enjoy their beautiful gardens, Lakeview cafe and abundance of ducks geese and swans waddling about the place.
Go for a stroll in one of the most beautiful and most extensive outdoor spaces in Cardiff, Bute Park. There is urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and pretty river corridor to wander through in the autumn sun. Why not grab a brew to warm yourself up in one of the many cafes’ in and around the park?
There are not many cities that can boast of having a whopping great castle in the middle of the city centre but Cardiff proudly has that historic accolade. Cardiff Castle has survived 2000 years of history including, conquests, rebuilding and passing through a variety of noble ownership. Cardiff residents can apply for a ‘castle key’ for free entry to this historic attraction. Make sure you take a selfie in the stocks, you know, for the gram.
The romantic and fairytale-like Castell Coch is an iconic 19th-century, Gothic Revival castle near the pretty village of Tongwynlais.
There’s alot to see in Cardiff’s small, yet vibrant city centre, you could spend days wandering around this pretty city your way seeking out the best Autumn spots!
The popular Principality Stadium will be hosting some big games this autumn including Wales v Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa, it will be a really exciting and vibrant time in the city.
Cardiff’s regenerated waterfront area has a very Costa-del-Cardiff vibe going on in the Autumn sunshine, with pavement café’s, bars with outdoor seating, green spaces, cycle paths and a selection of eateries. Here you can bike or walk over the barrage to soak up some scenery and enjoy crisp blue skies, should you get lucky with the Welsh weather.
Cardiff at night
Cardiff is gorgeous at night, with a multitude of colours, sunsets, the headlights of rush hour traffic and the warm lights of our many pubs and bars. It’s a great city to take a walk around on a brisk autumn night.
What’s your favourite thing about Cardiff in the autumn? Let me know in the comments below!