My First Visit to the RHS Flower Show Cardiff
Although the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show has been an annual spring event in Cardiff since 2005, 2018 would mark my first visit. It takes place in Bute Park, in the shadow of Cardiff Castle and attracts over 20,000 visitors every year. The setting is beautiful and well worth a visit whether a local or traveling in from afar and very convenient for a visit to the city. It’s also right next to Pettigrew Tea Rooms, one of my favourite little cafe’s in the city – I highly recommend their afternoon tea! I dubiously checked out the weather this morning as the skies were grey, but am happy to report it stayed dry and mild despite being overcast. We had originally intended to be at the gates for opening, but were delayed, so didn’t end up driving in until noon. Tickets cost £14 on the door but £11 in advance, so it’s worth booking in advance if you can – but children go free and don’t need a ticket which helps with the cost for families. Early bookers get the opportunity to pre-book a parking space at Sophia Gardens at £10 for the day and I highly recommend you do this if possible. Come noon, the car park was full, so we headed to one of the multi-story car parks in the city centre, which are only a 5 minute walk away but a little bit more expensive. There is a Park and Ride scheme operating which is the most economical both for your wallet and for the environment and the city centre does have great public transport. It’s probably a 10-15 minute walk maximum from the central bus and train station.