9 beyond brilliant thing to do in Cardiff and South Wales this autumn

Cardiff, South Wales

Cardiff and South Wales are full of adventurous things to do.

November 28, 2023

Planning a trip to South Wales? We’ve put together a list of some of the best attractions Cardiff and the surrounding areas have to offer to make your trip just that much more memorable for you and your mates.

The Dead Canary, Cardiff

This cocktail bar takes Welsh folklore and superstition and turns them into stunning, high-end cocktails right before your eyes. Head down an unassuming alley to the entrance and ring the bell to enter this atmospheric speakeasy. Make sure to book in advance to get a table at this exclusive bar!

Spillers Records, Cardiff

Spillers Records is the oldest record shop in the world, founded in 1894. Browse through vinyl and other memorabilia perfect for any music lover. The shop also holds regular events and listening parties, so double check what’s on during your trip.

Shipping Container Studios, Cardiff

Visit the Bone Yard or the Bridge Studios to support small, local businesses in an industrial style studio space where each vendor works out of a shipping container. These artisan makers, bakers, and vendors are the perfect place to enjoy a delicious snack or snap up a souvenir like a hand crafted wooden chopping board or handmade jewellery.

Cardiff International White Water, Cardiff

Think white water rafting is only something you can do abroad? Nope! Cardiff has its very own white water rafting right in the heart of the city centre. Test your mettle with your mates and enjoy a session on the fast currents, perfect for a different pace of adventure.

Roath Park Conservatory, Cardiff

The stunning botanical gardens in the Victorian Roath Park is like an indoor jungle, with tropical plants and ponds filled with fish to navigate through and frame that perfectly Instagrammable pic. Opens from 11-4pm daily, with plenty of activities throughout the park to also enjoy.

‍Dr Who Cardiff Walking Tour, Cardiff

Bet you didn’t know that a large chunk of the hit BBC series was filmed in Cardiff. Jump on this afternoon tour to explore the various filming locations, find out how some of the extraterrestrial scenes were filmed, and geek out with fellow fans while also acquainting yourself with the city of Cardiff.

The Ghosts of Llandaff Tour, Cardiff

Get a glimpse of something spookier with this audio tour of Llandaff Cathedral’s grounds and the bank of the River Taff. Paranormal stories and tales of ghost sightings will ring in your ears as you walk through the settings of these stories on a private tour. Choose to go after dark for an even more frightening experience.

Canyoning at Bannau Brycheiniog National Park, South Wales

Feeling up for an adventure? Head an hour out of Cardiff to the picturesque waterfalls in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park to climb, swim, jump, and hurl yourself down rockslides in the river gorge. A great wild day out for thrill seeking adventurers.

Distillery Tour, Newport

Beer and wine tours have been done to death; so want to try something a bit stronger? This tour will take you and your mates on a private taste tour of Welsh distilled vodka, gin, and rum, as well as the knowledge and history of the distilleries and their place in Newport. You’ll even have a chance to try your hand as a mixologist, creating a cocktail to end your experience enjoying.