The St Fagans National Museum of History is an open-air museum with about 40 buildings from all over Wales and its various periods in history. There are picturesque gardens and a farm, old fashioned shops and activities too. It’s a good few hours covered, and there’s lots to see to keep conversation flowing.
St Fagans. Phone: 0300 111 2333
The Dead Canary is a hidden speakeasy-style bar which is perfect for a hot date. It does beautifully presented old-fashioned cocktails and takes its speakeasy theme just as seriously. Find it down a lane in the city centre and look out for the canary cage above an unassuming door. Ring the bell to be ushered into a low-lit vintage-style bar where you’ll be shown a seat and helped to choose a drink based on your favourite flavours and spirits.
Barrack Ln, Cardiff, +44 29 2023 1263
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Porter’s bar and venue is a haven for those interested in fun and slightly unusual events – there’s cabaret, crazy gold, a mini old-school cinema, bands, comedy nights and more.
Harlech Court, Bute Terrace, Cardiff. Phone: 004429 2125 0666
A heavenly oasis above the city awaits in this hidden jewel of Cardiff Castle. Once you get inside the castle go to Bute Tower, where a spiral staircase takes you up to a decadent rooftop garden with lush plants, colourful tiles and water features.
Cardiff Castle Phone: +44 029 2087 8100
At Science Cream, the ice cream is made using liquid nitrogen. The space has a laboratory feel: The staff wear goggles and lab coats to make up your ice cream right in front of you. Flavours include brown butter caramel, dulce de leche and peanut butter and chocolate.
28 Castle Arcade. Phone: 029 2037 2391
At Cardiff’s Roath Park there is a conservatory. It’s a beautiful and humid indoor jungle with a large pond in the middle where you can feed fish (buy some food for them on the way in) and watch the huge colony of terrapins.
Roath Park Botanic Gardens, Cardiff, +44 29 2233 0235
Penarth is a seaside town. It’s the perfect place for a romantic walk along the pebbled beach and best followed by fish and chips on the pier.