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16 Day Trip From Cardiff Ideas in South Wales & England!

by TheWanderingQuinn

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Options for a day trip from Cardiff extend well into South West Wales and into South England thanks to great motorway and train connections. Day Trips from Cardiff include hiking in the Brecon Beacons and Malvern Hills. Getting some fresh sea air on the Gower and West Coast of Wales, having some seaside fun in Tenby and Weston-Super-Mare and learning about history in Bath and the Wye Valley.

Whether you live in or near Cardiff, or you are visiting Cardiff as a tourist, here are the top Cardiff day trips and Cardiff days out you can go on all year round!

There are many Cardiff day tours on offer, especially for South Wales which are perfect if you do not have a car and where public transport is limited so I have noted the best day tours from Cardiff to book and go on too!

Day Trip From Cardiff

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Keep Reading for ideas for the best day trip from Cardiff to go on!

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Day Trips In Wales from Cardiff

1. Gower Peninsula

For some fresh Welsh air the Gower Peninsula very close to Swansea is one of the best day trips from Cardiff you can go on!

Rhossili Bay in the South is now a really famous spot in wales thanks to the view of the beach becoming so iconic. You can head down to the beach for a long walk or walk up to Worms Head Causeway.

The Mumbles is another place to visit on the Gower Peninsula on this Cardiff day trip which is a pretty seaside town complete with a seaside pier full of entertainment.

As you drive around the Gower Peninsula from Cardiff you’ll see wild ponies and incredible views the whole way. It’s like being on an island but in an easy location close to Swansea and Cardiff making it one of the best day trips from Cardiff.

How to get there from Cardiff: You’ll need a car to do this day trip from Cardiff to the Gower Peninsula easily due it’s location and lack of public transport. However, if you don’t have a car and perhaps you are visiting Cardiff as a tourist, there are Cardiff day tours from Cardiff to the Gower Peninsula.

This 8 hour Gower Peninsula Day Tour will show you the best of the Gower with a stop in Swansea on the way and is full of hiking and incredible views!

day trip from Cardiff, Rhossili Bay Gower Peninsula
Driving to the Rhossili Bay is the perfect day trip from Cardiff to get some fresh air!

2. Barry Island

Even though Barry Island is not actually an Island (anymore) it is the closest you’ll get to Cardiff to an island on a day trip from Cardiff. Head to Barry Island for some seaside fun on the fairground, playing crazy golf and eating rock and candy floss as you do on a British holiday.

If you’re a tourist in Wales you may be drawn to Barry Island because of Gavin and Stacey and yes, you can do a Gavin and Stacey tour to see the filming locations! This 3 hour Gavin and Stacey Tour in Barry Island is the best one to book and it must be booked online!

How to get there from Cardiff: Cardiff to Barry Island takes just over 30 minutes by car and also 30 minutes by train from Cardiff Central Station making it one of the easy day trips from Cardiff by train. You can also get a ticket from as little as £3.80 each way and from Barry Island Station you can walk to see everything you’d want to see!

day trip from Cardiff, Barry Island

3. Wye Valley

On the edge of Wales and England is the Wye Valley. This is one of the best day trips from Cardiff if you want to visit a few different places in one day but in one small area. The Wye Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and here you can visit small villages and woodland.

Head to Tintern Abbey to explore the famous ghostly ruins of the Abbey and enjoy one of the nice cafes close by. For some history head to the nearby towns of Monmouth and Chepstow and some a little walk head to Symonds Yat viewpoint.

How to get there from Cardiff: The Wye Valley is just a 40 minute drive from Cardiff along the M4, with a car you will be able to drive to all of the places noted above for a great day out from Cardiff.

If you want to really get to know the history behind these villages, towns and ruins, and they do hold a lot of history, there are day tours from Cardiff to the Wye Valley. I recommend these tours which are reasonable in price and offer you a full 8-hour tour from Cardiff!

day trip from Cardiff, Tintern Abbey

4. Brecon Beacons

For some fresh air, nature and to do some hiking, head to the Brecon Beacons to climb the highest mountain in South Wales.

I have a full blog post here on how to do the Pen Y Fan Walk in the Brecon Beacons in just a few hours. There is a really good circular walk you can do from the car park, it’s hard but worth it!

How to get there from Cardiff: There are a few ways you can do day trips from Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons. By car it is around 1 hour 15 minutes from Cardiff via Merthyr Tydfil.

It is one of the harder day trips from Cardiff public transport because you can get a train from Cardiff Central to Merthyr Tydfil which takes 1 hour but from there you will need to get a taxi for about 20 minutes into the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is still do-able though.

Alternatively there are Wales tours from Cardiff which include the Brecon Beacons and stops in other places like Caerphilly Castle so you will get to see more of South Wales on a tour like this.

day trip from Cardiff, Brecon Beacons

5. Caerphilly Castle

Talking of Caerphilly Castle, for a really close day trip from Cardiff or for somewhere to add into your day trip from Cardiff itinerary you can head to this 13th Century Fortress. Caerphilly Castle is a great place to visit with children from Cardiff.

Caerphilly Castle pairs well with visiting the Gower Peninsula, the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley.

How to get there from Cardiff: Caerphilly Castle from Cardiff is just a 30 minute drive. It’s also a day trip from Cardiff by train you can do because there is a train from Cardiff Central to Caerphilly with a short journey time from 15 minutes.

day trip from Cardiff, Caerphilly Castle

6. Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is the prettiest county in Wales in my opinion and in many others opinion.

There are so many beaches in Pembrokeshire and seaside towns. When visiting Pembrokeshire for 1 day from Cardiff on a day trip from Cardiff it will be best to visit the most Eastern side of Pembrokeshire to keep the journey time down.

The pretty and colourful town of Tenby is a good place to visit on a day trip from Cardiff to Pembrokeshire and from here you can also visit the nearby beach of Saundersfoot, you can also do a brilliant walk along part of the Pembrokeshire coast walking from Tenby to Saundersfoot.

How to get there from Cardiff: Cardiff to Tenby is a 1 hour 50 minute drive. Driving is the best option as Pembrokeshire is not the best area to explore by public transport using the train and coaches unfortunately.

day trip from Cardiff, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

7. Oakwood Theme Park

For a family fun day out from Cardiff head to Oakwood Theme Park, Wales biggest theme park!

Oakwood is located in Pembrokeshire very close to Tenby mentioned above but you can easily spend a whole day in Oakwood on its rides so I wouldn’t plan to visit many other places on this day trip from Cardiff.

How to get there from Cardiff: Cardiff to Oakwood is a 1 hour 45 minute drive and driving is the best way due to there not being a train station near Oakwood. However this could be a day trip from Cardiff by coach if you look into arranged Cardiff tours to Oakwood which include coach travel.

8. Aberporth

Aberporth is a lovely big beach and seaside town close to Cardigan. It’s the perfect beach to visit on a sunny day but also nice for a winter beach walk and to visit one of the cafes in town afterwards.

How to get there from Cardiff: This day trip from Cardiff is best to do if you have a car as it is just over 2 hours from Cardiff via Carmarthen.

TRAINS FOR YOUR DAY TRIP

I always use The Train Line to book my trains in the UK. I love them because I can check different times and routes to get the best price!

Train prices in the UK are always lower when booked in advance and increase on the day of booking and a few days before so be sure to book your train as soon as you know when you’ll go!

Check routes and prices for your day trip on The Train Line here!

Day Trips In England from Cardiff

9. Bristol

For a really easy day trip from Cardiff into England, head to Bristol. Bristol city has become really cool in the last few years.

It’s become really famous for its street art, including pieces by Banksy which are great pieces to find on your day trip from Cardiff to Bristol. The Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a living museum and one of the top attractions in Bristol to visit.

How to get there from Cardiff: Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads Station is just 45 minutes by train and you’ll be in the centre of Bristol and tickets can be purchased for just £6.00 each way. For an even cheaper option for £3.00 each way this is one of the day trips to Cardiff by coach as the coach from Cardiff to Bristol takes 1 hour 15 minutes.

day trip from Cardiff, Bristol

10. London

Yes you can do a day trip to Cardiff from London thanks to the quick 2 hour train journey from Cardiff Central to London Paddington Station.

Once in London, you can visit all of the top sights including walking along the River Thames to see Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben. If you want markets and street food on your day trip from Cardiff to London, head to Camden Market or Shoreditch.

How to get there from Cardiff: Train is the best way to get from Cardiff to London so you can avoid parking and driving in London. Although there are many trains from Cardiff to London, getting the train that is just 2 hours is going to be best to give you more time to spend in London.

day trip from Cardiff, London

11. Malvern Hills

For more hiking options on your day trips from Cardiff, head into England into the Malvern Hills.

Located across 3 counties- Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire there are many walks that you can do including walking along the Malvern Ridge and British Camp.

How to get there from Cardiff: Car is the best way to do this day trip from Cardiff and you can drive from Cardiff to the Malvern Hills in 1 hour 30 minutes via Ross on Wye. To make this a day trip from Cardiff by public transport you can get to Malvern Link Station in 2 hours from Cardiff on the train and from there do one of the many Malvern Hill walks.

day trip from Cardiff, Malvern Hills

12. Weston-Super-Mare

Directly opposite Cardiff on the Bristol Channel is Weston-Super-Mare, a popular English seaside town.

Not everyone loves Weston-Super-Mare and if you’re looking for a pretty beachside town for your day trip from Cardiff, this isn’t it. But if you are willing to take it for what it is and experience a real English seaside experience with a tacky side, this is a good place to visit.

Go to the Pier, play some games, eat Fish and Chips at the beach and you’ll be in for a good day out from Cardiff.

How to get there from Cardiff: Although close to Cardiff across the water, you do need to go all the way around Bristol Bay to drive there so it takes around 1 hour from Cardiff by car. There is also a direct train from Cardiff Central to Weston-Super-Mare which takes 1 hour 20 minutes making this one of the good day trips from Cardiff by train.

day trip from Cardiff, Weston-super-mare

TRAINS FOR YOUR DAY TRIP

I always use The Train Line to book my trains in the UK. I love them because I can check different times and routes to get the best price!

Train prices in the UK are always lower when booked in advance and increase on the day of booking and a few days before so be sure to book your train as soon as you know when you’ll go!

Check routes and prices for your day trip on The Train Line here!

13. Bath

The historic and iconic city of Bath is a great day trip from Cardiff because of how close it is just past Bristol from Cardiff and once you are in Bath the city is very walkable.

There are many things to do on a day trip to Bath including visiting the Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, going on a River Boat Cruise and going to find the popular Royal Circle.

How to get there from Cardiff: Cardiff Central to Bath Spa Station by train is just over 1 hour and Cardiff to Bath by car is 1 hour 10 minutes using the M4 making it an easy day trip from Cardiff to do.

day trip from Cardiff, bath

14. Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has to be one of the prettiest areas in England and is a very popular place to be, luckily it’s not far from Cardiff at all.

Castle Combe Village is a good place to visit in the Cotswolds from Cardiff because it is further South and therefore closer to Cardiff. Castle Combe has had no new houses built in it since the 1600s and its well-preserved cottages are there for you to see along with St Andrews Church which is another popular place to visit in Castle Combe.

How to visit from Cardiff: Castle Combe in Cardiff is just a 1 hour drive from Cardiff along the M4. The Cotswolds is not the ideal place to visit using public transport so visiting the Cotswolds by car from Cardiff is best.

day trip from Cardiff, cotswolds

15. Stonehenge

If you’re from Cardiff you may be bad for not seeing all of the tourist sights in your Country and this often means that many people from the UK have not been to Stonehenge and if this is the case, it’s time to change that as Stonehenge is a possible day trip from Cardiff.

Head to Stonehenge Visitor Centre and from here you can walk up a path to the Stone Circle or catch a regular bus organised by the visitor centre. You don’t need that much time at Stonehenge but it is a must-see UK attraction.

Stonehenge is very close to Bath and the Cotswolds so you can pair these days out from Cardiff together for the perfect family fun Cardiff day trips!

How to get there from Cardiff: Cardiff to Stonehenge is just less than 2 hours by car and if you stop off in Bath or the Cotswolds on the way back you can help break up the trip. Stonehenge isn’t possible to visit by train due to the lack of station nearby.

day trip from Cardiff, Stonehenge

16. Birmingham

Birmingham is the second biggest city in the UK and is often overlooked for tourism but it is a great place to visit and you can see a lot of Birmingham on a day trip.

Birmingham is home to the Bull Ring which is a huge shopping centre, but aside from this it’s full of history in the Jewelery Quarter, nice walks along the Canal which in the centre of the city and good Asian food.

There are many day trips from Birmingham that also suit a day trip to Birmingham, for example, attractions close to Birmingham are Cadbury World and The Black Living County Museum.

How to get there from Cardiff: Birmingham is surprisingly just a 2-hour drive from Cardiff up the M5. There is also a 2-hour train from Cardiff Central to Birmingham New Street.

day trip from Cardiff, birmingham

And there you have it, plenty of options for day trips from Cardiff to go on in Wales and England!

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