Have a look at the Pollen Count chart below to find out what the pollen count in Cardiff is today, and scroll through the next few days for a forecast of what's coming. The chart also highlights the levels of different types of pollen: grass, trees (birch, cypress, oak, plane and sweet chestnut) and weeds.
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The Welsh capital, Cardiff is an attractive city settled where the River Taff meets the Bristol Channel.
Comparatively young compared to the other capital cities on this list, Cardiff was not given city status until 1908. Nowadays the metropolitan centre of Wales is abuzz with activity and rich in plant life, with over a dozen spectacular parks dotted around its urban landscape. This makes it appealing to the eye but it can wreak havoc on the nose, with trees and grass creeping around every corner.
Cardiff loves its parks and nature reserves which means that you are never very far from potential pollen allergens. In particular, it is worth watching out for tree pollen and grass pollen during the summer months, as most species are likely to pollinate during this time.
Thankfully, Cardiff’s location next to the Bristol Channel may offer you some temporary relief if you enjoy exploring beaches, water-sports or simply spending time next to the sea.
The flourishing plant-life in Cardiff means that pollen is widespread throughout the city, even in urban and industrialised areas. There will always be the hotspots that you should be particularly mindful of though, due to their tendency to encourage species favour windborne pollination.
Bute Park: Bute Park stretches 130 acres and is burrowed by the River Taff near Cardiff Castle. Originally a private pleasure garden for the Bute family, it was established as a public park in 1947 and has since flourished into a stunning hub for wildlife and horticulture. Amongst its collection of rare and exotic trees, there are familiar hayfever culprits such as silver birch, ash, London plane, beech, elm and oak. The garden also contains a Herbaceous wall which is chockfull of different fauna, ranging from varying types of wildflowers to weeds and grass species
Howardian Nature Reserve: Howardian Park has come a long way since its origins as a former landfill site, and is now a protected area for plants and animals. The reserve is not just a prime location for trees, but it is also home to a thriving variety of weeds such as ribwort plantain, broad-leaved dock, stinging nettles and hogweed, making it particularly pungent during the latter months of summer. The park also contains different types of trees, ranging from horse chestnut to alder and ash
Llandlaff Fields: Llandlaff fields is an area of parkland that stretches from the city centre to the River Taff and is one of the cities earliest playing grounds dating from 1898. As the name might suggest, this grassy region is most likely home to a thriving population of grass pollen, making it a no-go area for most hayfever sufferers. There is also a collection of tree species, from chestnut to maple, doubling its potency
Roath Park: Roath Park is one of the most popular areas in Cardiff, located near the city centre. Characterised by Victorian architecture, this park is usually buzzing during the summer months and is home to many different variants of plant life, particularly when it comes to trees. These species include offenders such as elm, hawthorn, ash, yew, walnut and rowan.
You might feel as though Cardiff is deliberately out to get you if you suffer from hayfever due to its dense population of striking gardens and beautiful parks. However, there are plenty of things to do if you favour an indoor environment, including many acclaimed and famous attractions.
Wales Millennium Centre: The central headquarters for performing arts in Wales, the Wales Millennium Centre is open throughout the year. This famous attraction hosts a variety of musicals, operas, ballets, plays and dances and lives up to its ambition of being a “furnace of inspiration.” Ticket prices will likely vary depending on what you want to see but it will definitely offer a great night out without irritating your allergies
National Museum Cardiff: If a walk in the park isn’t working out for you, then you can always try for a more mentally stimulating experience. The National Museum of Cardiff is free entry and can boast a wide variety of exhibitions, from archaeology to illustration. This is sure to be an engaging and fascinating day out, family events running regularly throughout the summer months. It won’t cheat you out of your money and the museum is open six days a week from 1000 to 1700 with galleries closing at 1645
Techniquest: Techniquest is an interactive experience aimed at imbuing patrons with a passion for knowledge and science. There are various activities hosted throughout the centre, from ‘Destination Space’ to ‘Spooky Science.’ This facility is spread over 5 zones, with the majority of the action taking place indoors, away from any potential allergens. Ticket prices are between £5-7 for adults, although it can vary depending on peak times
Mermaid Quay: Mermaid Quay is Cardiff’s captivating waterfront overlooking the bay and is chockfull of trendy boutiques, moreish eateries, luxurious spas and stylish bars. Due to its location next to the fresh sea air, your exposure to pollen is likely to be minimal, and you have the freedom to determine what it is that you want to do without being too restricted.
If you feel you need something more to help you deal with your hayfever symptoms then worry not, A.Vogel products are available in your area. Whether you live in Cardiff or are just visiting, Beansfreak Ltd is located a quick jaunt down from Cardiff University and may stock A.Vogel products such as Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets and Luffa nasal spray, so you can get quick and effective relief from your allergic symptoms.
What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.