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How to Spend a Rainy Day in Cardiff

Cardiff is a notoriously rainy city, but with so much to explore in the Welsh capital, it would be a shame to let a little bad weather spoil your trip.

Luckily, there are plenty of great indoor attractions to discover around the city, as well as excellent shopping, dining, and entertainment that’ll help keep you dry throughout the day. Planning for a rainy day in Cardiff? Try some of our favourite wet weather activities and don’t let anything stand in the way of your good times.

Explore the city’s museums and galleries

A fail-safe way to enjoy a grey day, head to one of Cardiff’s many brilliant museums or galleries and spend a couple of hours browsing the collections.  
The National Museum occupies a traditional building in the heart of the city. Home to an impressive collection of art as well as geology and natural history offerings, a morning at the museum is sure to be engaging for the whole family.  

Grab a coffee

When you’re finished at the museum, head to one of the city’s speciality coffee shops and refuel with a warming brew and a bite to eat. Here are some of our favourite spots in Cardiff: 

Head to the theatre

Cardiff’s New Theatre is situated in the city centre, so you won’t need to worry about travelling too far on a rainy winter’s evening. The beautiful venue was built in 1906 and has undergone several renovations to make it the impressive spot it is today. 
Whether you’re interested in drama, dance, musicals, or comedy, there’s something for everyone in New Theatre’s ever-changing programme. Check out what’s on while you’re in the city and enhance your trip with tickets to a show. 

Go out for dinner

Round off your perfect rainy day with a meal in one of Cardiff’s cosy restaurants. Struggling to choose? Here are some of our favourite central spots: 

Wrap up in your cosy hotel room

What better way to end your wintery day in Cardiff than with your stomach full of good food, snuggled up in your comfortable hotel bedroom? The Mercure Cardiff Holland House boasts a beautiful indoor pool and spa, so you can unwind in the warm water and steam before bed. Too tired? Sink straight into your fluffy duvet and watch a film instead. 

What’s the weather like in Cardiff?

Plan for any weather with the help of Channel 4 Weather’s Cardiff forecast, and make the most of your trip fully prepared for rain or shine.

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