Top Reasons I Want to Move to Cardiff

1. Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay is my 'happy' place and only being able to go there a couple of times a year really sucks. There's always something going on there and I fall in love with the atmosphere every time I go. I've been there quite a lot when it's been cold or even raining and somehow I still find it beautiful. I've never been much of a fan of winter, I feel like all city activities and events kind-of stop and everyone hides away indoors, but in Cardiff they don't and Cardiff Bay looks absolutely stunning at Christmas time. When I was there last year the lights and Christmas tree mixed with a wonderful man singing Christmas songs outside the restaurants was just the perfect atmosphere. 




2. The PeopleSo, these aren't actually in order because I couldn't possibly order them, but the people are probably one of the reasons I most want to live there. Every time I visit Cardiff it feels like a complete contrast to where I live in terms of the how friendly people are. When Alex and I first went to the city we were stunned when people got in our way and actually apologised. I'm not saying Southampton's the worst city in the world, I've definitely been to worse places but a lot of people are usually quite grumpy. I've had a few slightly scary - I'm not sure if that's the right word, but uncomfortable and unnecessary experiences this year and it's just not a place I see myself settling down in. I guess I don't really feel safe here at the moment, there's just a weird vibe going around. I found myself becoming a bit more outgoing and finding people who I think I could actually get along with when I was in Cardiff, which is a pretty big thing for me.

3. There's parks and nature!
I've run out of things to do in Southampton but in Cardiff, is that even possible?! I'm a big fan of the wetland reserve in Cardiff Bay. 




I really love walks and exploring new places, not to mention I have a bit of a love for ducks and there are plenty there. Wildlife and so much GREEN right in the middle of a city is something I'm just not used to but love the idea of. I've barely stepped foot in Bute park but what I've seen is amazing. I love the little parks too, and the one around the university (I wish I'd gone to uni there). I need to live in a city or at least a town to keep me sane I think, but I grew up in a place where I passed country fields and parks to get to school and that will always be part of me, so a mixture of both is just a dream! I'd definitely walk more and probably be a hell of a lot more active, but perhaps that's just wishful thinking.




4. It's near beaches!
And I'm not talking rubbish, English beaches (Cornwall you are excused from this insult), I'm talking Welsh beaches. I spend a lot of time around the Tenby area and it would be really useful if it didn't take me eight hours to get home to my parents who live in that area. But also, I just really need more beaches in my life. I couldn't live in Pembrokeshire because I'd get seriously bored after a short amount of time, but this way I'd be close enough to enjoy it without having to spend long periods of time there.





5. Summer!
I mentioned winter in Cardiff but summer is just as good! I've not had enough time to experience it as much as I'd like to unfortunately but there are so many places to walk, there's even an outside space with exercise equipment, well, actually I've found two of those so far. Who needs to pay to go to a gym when there's literally one for free! Cardiff Bay have their little pop up beach too and serve slush puppy cocktails which sound too good to be true. Not to mention I'm dying to go to the Cardiff food festival! I've not experienced the center of Cardiff in Summer much yet but I would love to!





6. Cardiff loves Cardiff!
There will always be people who disagree, but I see a lot of support online for the city from people who live there. I also see a lot of people who say they moved away but always ended up going back. I think that's an important thing for someone like me to hear. I'm worried moving there might spoil the city for me, but seeing so many of those comments on a daily basis really reassures me.

7. Money
In terms of renting or buying in Cardiff it is SO much cheaper than living in the South of England. I'd be saving a lot! Whether on rent, prescriptions, anything else. It's just generally so much cheaper. 

8. There's so much cool stuff around!
This might sound a little insane but there's just so much stuff compared to where I live. There are people in the shopping centre that literally make ice cream in front of you, there is a cookie dough stall, there is a super cool restaurant that serves THE BEST strawberry lemonade (I think it was strawberry). There's even treetop golf, plus my favourite bath bomb store happens to be based in one of the little arcades!! The market is insanely awesome to somebody like me who doesn't have one in their city and don't even get me started on how much better their Christmas market is! I would never run out of things to eat and drink, we just don't have all of that here. Another thing I just love about Cardiff is that Doctor Who is filmed there. And I'm absolutely not a geek (um, well maybe a little) but I love a bit (lot) of Doctor Who. Even though the exhibition has sadly closed, the city is still mad for it! I just love Cardiff spotting when I'm watching the show, especially when it's one of the older episodes when they used Cardiff much more. I wouldn't move there because of that alone, but it's a cool added bonus!



I'd love to hear from anybody reading this who is living in Cardiff or is considering moving there like me and any tips would be great too. I'd love to make some friends who live there before I eventually, inevitably move there myself.

25 comments

  1. Cardiff seems like a wonderful place, thank you for sharing!

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  2. Hi, you should work for the tourist board I want to visit now after reading this 😊.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I’m glad my passion for the city got through in my post

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  3. How cute does Cardiff look, in the winter and summer oh my!! I can see why!!

    Jessica & James | www.foodandbaker.co.uk / www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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  4. I haven't ever visited Cardiff but this post has made me want too xxx

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  5. My brother lived in Cardiff for a while, it's a beautiful place.

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  6. I've never been to Cardiff, but it looks wonderful. Especially Cardiff bay at Christmas looks stunning x

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  7. I've never been to Cardiff, or Wales at all actually, but it looks beautiful here. Great reasons to move too! I live by the sea and I guess I've always taken that for granted x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  8. I've never been to Cardiff!
    It's one of the only major cities I've not been to!
    Will totally head there!

    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

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  9. I have to admit I would probably move to Cardiff in the hope of spotting Dr Who filming. It is a beautiful city, although I do live in the south of england and love it too

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  10. I've never been to Cardiff. It looks great

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  11. We have never been to Cardiff but it looks absolutely stunning !

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  12. Never been but I understand the eagerness of moving somewhere new and exciting. Is moving feasible for you or not quite yet?

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  13. Oh my goodness, you’ve made me want to move to Cardiff. It sounds like there is so much to do. It would be nice to live near a beach

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  14. Looks like some great reasons to move I hope it comes around quick for you

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  15. As someone that lives in Cardiff, I rather like it too. It does have something for everyone. I love the fact that it’s not far from beaches and as you say there’s plenty of parks etc around too

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  16. Cardiff looks lovely and I like that it looks let rebuilt up and more focus on parks nature beaches etc x

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  17. Cardiff sounds like a nice place to live. I never knew it was near the sea. I would love to visit the area myself one day. I have moved many times and the most important thing to me is living near family.

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  18. I've been to Cardiff a few times and always loved it, and you're right the people are so friendly there x

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  19. Cardiff looks like an amazing place to move to. I love cities that have a lot of nature and outdoor parks! Nottingham to me has now become my home and I am so happy living here.

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  20. The idea of saving money really appeals to me especially for retirement or what we could get for our money with a house!

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  21. I live in Cardiff and yes it is as amazing as you say it is! It's definitely a great place to live and there's a really great community of local bloggers too!

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  22. I've never been to Cardiff in my life, but have heard so many amazing things that I at least want to visit it! I can't believe there is such a diverse amount of things to do there! Just fantastic

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  23. I want to go visit Cardiff now too! I've never been, but it looks like a fab place!

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