Unusual Things to Do in Cardiff

Known for its numerous castles, multiple museums, and abundance of Welsh food spots, a weekend in Cardiff could easily be spent ticking off every one of the city’s top attractions. And although that would be 48 hours well spent, when you’re in a city like Cardiff, it’s only natural to want to check out some of the lesser-known and more unusual attractions of the Welsh capital.

If you would rather pass on some of the more popular tourist attractions, these are just some of the most unusual things to do in Cardiff during a city break, all within a stone’s throw of Clayton Hotel Cardiff.

Cardiff Pottery Workshops

10-minute drive from the hotel

Want to get your creative juices flowing during your time in the Welsh capital? Why not try out some pottery throwing classes at Cardiff Pottery Workshops Foundation. The aim of the workshops is to make pottery more accessible to everyone and encourage people to get their hands dirty creating a hand-made piece to be proud of!

Every so often there are one-day workshops available however if you have a few days to spare in Cardiff, it might be worth considering signing up for a weekend workshop – or maybe even longer if you have the time!

Cardiff Bay Boat Trip

10-minute drive from the hotel

Cardiff Bay – Photo by Nick Fewings

The stunning coastline of Cardiff is worth seeing and there’s no better way to discover all it has to offer than by boat! There are so many different boat trip options and ways to explore Cardiff Bay by water, these include high-speed boats, motorboats and even an open boat for unparalleled views of the harbour and its surroundings.

Once you’ve firmly planted your feet back on solid ground, be sure to check out the Big Wheel Cardiff – the giant Ferris wheel located along Cardiff Bay that offers beautiful views of the bay.

Cocktail masterclass at The Dead Canary

8-minute walk from the hotel

Take a step back to the 20s with a visit to The Dead Canary – loved by the locals and a must-experience (and must-find) for visitors. We say must-find because this unique cocktail bar is tucked away in the back streets of the city. Once found, ring the doorbell and prepare to be taken through to this beloved speakeasy-style bar.

Opt to try out a few of their quirky cocktails during your time there or if you’d prefer a more hands-on approach, why not pre-book in for a masterclass in cocktail making with one of their experts?

The Animal Wall at Cardiff Castle

10-minute walk from the hotel

Cardiff Castle Photo by Shengpengpeng Cai

As one of the city’s most popular attractions, Cardiff Castle boasts plenty to see and do for any avid history lover. And just outside its outer walls are rows of playful animal sculptures that appear to be crawling out into the street! Originally designed by William Burges. A visit to these sculptures is easily one of the most unique things to do in Cardiff city.

Once you’ve snapped pictures at the animal wall, grab a coffee nearby and take a relaxing walk through Bute Park – otherwise known as the ‘green heart of the city’!

Roath Park

15-minute drive from the hotel

If you would prefer to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Roath Park is a welcome escape for locals and visitors alike! Sitting just outside of the city centre and just a short drive from the hotel, this park was one of the first of its kind when it first opened in the 1890s and its unique Victorian character has remained ever since.

The park itself is divided into a number of different sections so there really is something to tickle nearly everyone’s fancy – think wild gardens, boat hires and tennis courts.

Dinner at The Clink Restaurant

15-minute walk from the hotel

Have you ever eaten a meal at a prison? If you answered no, you might not be alone however The Clink Restaurant could change that! Located in HM Prison Cardiff, just a short walk from Clayton Hotel Cardiff, The Clink Restaurant offers a range of delicious meals which are prepared and served by the prisoners who are working towards their City & Guilds NVQs in Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery and Food Hygiene.

The restaurant consistently receives rave reviews from anyone who has visited. Expect main course classics such as roast turkey crown, delicious desserts like sticky ginger cake and a range of non-alcoholic mocktails.

Where to Stay

Restaurant in cardiff

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay during your city break in Cardiff, look no further than Clayton Hotel Cardiff. Located in the midst of the city, Clayton Hotel is the ideal place to lay your head after a long day of exploring the town and experiencing some of the most unique things to do in Cardiff. Check out our hotel offers

Executive room interior at Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Start planning your trip to Wales and book your perfect break at Clayton Hotel Cardiff.


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