Quaff a beer at a microbrewery
Cardiff might be synonymous with S.A. Brain & Co, Wales’ biggest brewer, but the capital is at the cutting edge of Welsh craft beer too. Newport-based, national beer award-scooping Tiny Rebel brewery opened Cardiff’s first craft beer bar in 2013 and the city has since spawned Pipes Brewery, operating out of Pontcanna, and Crafty Devil brewery, with outlets in Pontcanna and Penarth.
Insider Tip: Pipes Brewery is based in the sequestered-away Kings Road Yard, a dinky mews of unique, famously flavoursome foodie businesses worth nosing around, and with a worthwhile farmer’s market on Saturday mornings.
Whirl around Cardiff Bay’s waters from the National Watersports Centre
Out on its own peninsula along from Cardiff Bay, it is easy to overlook the National Watersports Centre as a visitor. Do not. This is your springboard to sampling some of Britain’s most incredible city-based water activities. Stand-up paddle-boarding, tubing and latest craze river-boarding are available at this Olympic-standard facility but the best adventure is kayaking out into Cardiff Bay, with one of the continent’s most ambitious and dramatic waterfront developments fanning photogenically around you.
Insider Tip: From here it is a 10km-odd loop right around Cardiff Bay by foot/bike via Cardiff Bay Barrage. The National Watersports Centre hires out bikes if you prefer pedalling.
Contact: 0044 29 2082 9970; ciww.com
Opening Times: Pre-booked activities only