Feb
28

Are you new to the Cardiff area and want to explore but are puzzled where to start? Visiting a new place can be daunting as it is difficult to know where to look and how to get the best deals. Therefore, we have listed the best places in Cardiff to visit to make sure you get the best experience of Cardiff. And, the best bit? They’re completely free!

 

1. Roath Park

Established in 1894, Roath Park is an extremely popular tourist attraction in Cardiff. With a classic Victorian layout the park is both a beautiful and historically important place. A central feature is the iconic Scott Memorial Lighthouse that looks out over the translucent 30 acre lake. There are hot and cold meals served all year round in the Terra Nova cafe; teaming long walks with delicious food can create a great day out at low cost. So if you fancy an outdoor experience that is perfect for the whole family, Roath Park is the place to go.

 

2. Cardiff Castle

If you are more interested in a heritage attraction, Cardiff Castle is the perfect place to visit holds over 2,000 years of history and is located in the heart of the city centre. Famous for its gothic gargoyles that encompass the castle, Cardiff Castle provides activities for all the family. With picturesque scenery, frequent tours, a cafe and gift shop there’s plenty of things to see and do. And, as an added bonus, if you’re a Cardiff resident, you can experience the delights of Cardiff Castle for absolutely free!

 

3. Bute Park

For those of you looking for a relaxing place to escape from your hectic daily routines, why not check out Bute Park. With 130 acres of landscaped gardens children will be occupied for hours in the adventurous woodland and flower gardens. There are many facilities available such as the Education Centre and Secret Garden Cafe, the Summerhouse Kiosk, a family friendly nature trail and even cycle hire facilities. If you are considering moving to Cardiff, Bute Park is an essential attraction to visit again and again.

 

4. Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay, just outside the city centre, is a very popular attraction for tourists as it is home to a wide variety of restaurants and bars suitable for many different ages. It is popular with young professionals moving to the area as it is so close to the city centre and there are many transport links available. In terms of a great day out that requires no cost, you can enjoy a cycle ride along the harbour via the Cardiff Bay Barrage Coast Path which runs from the Inner Harbour to the barrage. The route provides a safe pedestrian and cycle path across the Pont-y-Werin bridge.   In the summer there are also regular free festivals and events appropriate for the whole family. Check out the International Food and Drink Festival and the Cardiff Harbour Festival to have a taste of culture here in Cardiff.

If visiting is just not enough, Cardiff Bay is also a beautiful place to live. With plenty of choice of flats and apartments currently for sale in Cardiff Bay, you could be enjoying the dynamic nightlife and scenic views every day right on your doorstep.

 


Feb
21

Searching for a new property can be a strange mix of fear and excitement as you look for a place to start a new chapter of your life. Although many are concerned with the look and feel of their new home, which of course everyone should be, other factors are often overlooked. In light of this, we’ve put together some top tips to help you with what to look for when buying a house.

 

1. Research the area

When it comes to moving properties, finding the right house for you is only half the battle. You then need to make sure that the area you want to move to is right for you. It only takes a few minutes to research towns and cities online with most newspapers, local magazines and amenities having websites and forums. Of course, nothing beats a first-hand approach. Head down to your prospective area and take a look around. You can ask people in local stores about their opinion of the area and begin to get a feel for your potential new surroundings.

2. Schools

If you’re moving and either have, or are planning a family, schools should be a key factor in deciding your new location. There are a number of good schools in Cardiff and Penarth and City councils usually have lists of all the schools in the area and any contact information should be easily obtainable. Make sure the house you’d like to move to is in the relevant catchment area and has a good reputation. A good way to find out about a schools performance is to check its Estyn report.

3. Crime Rates  

No matter where you are looking to move to, the safety of you, your family and your property should always be top priority. Street crime is something that can rarely be avoided, so be sure to look into the crime rates of the area you’re moving to. There are specific websites that have crime statistics for cities all throughout the UK. You can then use these sites to help make an informed decision on your location, ensuring you feel safe and happy in your new home.

4. Things to do

Be sure to make time to look ahead for anything in the area that you can use to relax. So look beyond moving day and see if there is anything that would interest you on a day off or a night out so that you can relax and unwind. If you have children, think about their school holidays and where you could go to keep them entertained. City council websites often have lists of tourist attractions and arts and leisure activities that will help keep the whole family entertained.

 5. Look beyond the postcode

They say the key to finding your new home is location, location, location. However, sometimes those properties that have been seemingly built with you in mind have a price tag that you just can’t match. If you find somewhere you love but just can’t afford, take a look around the nearby area at some other properties for sale. Although they may only be a few streets away, they can be much more affordable. An extra few minutes walk could make all the difference.