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If the Welsh shores and lush countryside call to you, then the capital city of Cardiff is the perfect starting point to discover the country’s southern coast. Hugged by the mountains in the north and seaside in the south, Cardiff is a nature-lover’s dream. Now that you’ve soaked up the castle views, shopped the famous arcades and strolled down Europe’s largest waterfront, you may be itching for more. Our local insiders have shared with us their favourite day trips from the capital city that will give you an even further taste of Wales’s idyllic landscape.
Cosmeston Lakes Country Park offers a peaceful respite from the bustle of the city. This nature reserve, which is only a 15 to 20 minute drive from Cardiff, is perfect for walking along woodlands and lake shores while spotting local wildlife. A 14th-century Medieval village was discovered during the park’s construction and now visitors can tour a lifelike replica, as well as take a guided history tour of the museum. In the summer months, the reserve also provides barbecue equipment (permit required) for families to enjoy an outdoor picnic. Recommended by local insider Holly Brace