A few weeks ago my friend and I ventured out to Cardiff for a weekend. A mere 3 hours on a coach bus from London, it is the perfect destination for a cheeky weekend holiday!
The city itself is very easy to walk around, with beautiful walking streets full of shops and glimpses of Christmas markets to come. In the centre of town is Cardiff Castle, originally built in the 11th century it has been preserved beautifully.
Another beautiful place worth checking out is the Brecon Beacons. It’s a giant national park north of Cardiff city. We hired a car to get out there, it only took about an hour. The scenery along the way was so stunning!
Then we decided to climb Pen Y Fan, which is the highest peak in Southern UK at 886m above sea level! The climb for the most part was pretty simple, not too steep, but as we got closer to the peak I found myself stopping for some breathers and convenient photo ops! The view was so spectacular on the way up, it made up for the fact that at the top we were in the clouds.. with no view in sight!
On our final day, once we were rested and de-mudded, we drove out to Barry to have a look at the ‘beach’….
Not exactly what we are used to back in Australia, but it was great to see it nonetheless.
I was blown away by how beautiful Wales is, and how friendly the people are! Wherever we stopped, we were inundated with helpful tips and friendly banter, which is a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of London city life!
It was the perfect weekend escape. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it!