Whitmore Bay (8 miles)
Blue Flag awarded with soft golden sand, idea for sunbathing or sandcastle building. Also now caters for surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and beach volleyball!
Langland Bay Beach (36 miles)
Langland Bay Beach
A sandy beach with rocky outcrops, very popular for swimming, surfing and families, and offers summer lifeguard cover. Holds Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.
Oxwich Bay Beach (43 miles)
Oxwich Bay Beach
Sandy beaches with good swimming and water sports opportunities, dunes to hide behind a nature reserve with elevated walkways and two castles nearby to explore. They'll sleep tonight!
Tunnels Beaches (45 miles)
Hand carved in the 1820s, these tunnels are tremendous fun for kids to explore, leading as they do to a pleasing beach and both indoor and outdoor play areas! A full day of fun, education and exercise!
Rhossili Bay Beach (48 miles)
Rhossili Bay Beach
Sandy and beautiful, hard to reach but worth it! Tidal Island to explore if you time it right, surfing is popular as is swimming though there is no lifeguard cover. Recent Award Winner.
Woolacombe Sands (49 miles)
Blue Flag awarded sandy beach good for swimming, surfing and exploring. Boat trip to nearby lighthouse available.
Saunton Sands (50 miles)
Miles of soft sand backed by the UK's largest dune system but in places it is dangerous for swimming.
Westward Ho! Beach (55 miles)
Westward Ho! Beach
Blue Flag award winning sand and pebble beach offering good swimming, water sports and some local entertainments. At very low tides you can see the remains of a mesolithic sunken forest!
Cefn Mably Farm Park (5 miles)
Cefn Mably Farm Park
is a huge, 20,000 sq ft all weather family farm attraction and soft play in one. Set in rolling countryside in between Cardiff and Newport, we offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas: the park is designed for families with toddlers to teens.
Amelia Trust Farm (8 miles)
Amelia Trust Farm
The many friendly farm animals are accessible to the public all year round, either in the Animal Centre during the cold winter months, or out in the special paddocks during the rest of the year.
Warren Mill Farm (8 miles)
Warren Mill Farm
They have a large selection of animals ranging from: Tiny Guinea Pigs, Miniature Cattle, Rabbits, Rare Breeds Of Sheep, Ponies, Llamas, Alpacas, Wallabies, Red Squirrels, and lots more. Also a fishery.
Wiggleys Fun Farm (20 miles)
Wiggleys Fun Farm
Featuring indoor and outdoor adventure play plus toddler zone and babies' barnyard, mini racetrack, animal paddocks, pigs' corner, and woodland walks with occupied duck ponds.
The Cardiff Story Museum (< 1 mile)
National Museum Cardiff (< 1 mile)
National Museum Cardiff
From moon rock, meteorites and volcanoes to dinosaurs and woolly mammoths (up close!), journey millions of years through time from the Big Bang to present day. See our basking shark, hump-backed whale and the world's largest leatherback turtle in our natural history collection, plus amazing paintings in...
Museum of Welsh Life (4 miles)
Museum of Welsh Life
One of Europe's biggest and most exciting open-air museums. Wales' journey from rural tradition to industrial powerhouse is traced throughout extensive galleries and 100 acres of beautiful parkland.
St Fagans National History Museum (4 miles)
St Fagans National History Museum
One of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificent St Fagans Castle and offers traditional crafts, native livestock and exhibitions.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery (11 miles)
National Roman Legion Museum (13 miles)
National Roman Legion Museum
Meet the Romans! The Museum and surrounding town of Caerleon has enough stuff about the Romans to keep all budding soldiers and gladiators happy. With ruins of buildings, Roman objects, dressing up, trails and plenty of events and activities throughout the year.
Big Pit National Mining Museum (20 miles)
Big Pit National Mining Museum
World-famous underground tour, go 300 feet underground with a real miner and see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face. Plus new multi-media tours and exhibitions.
Big Pit National Coal Museum (20 miles)
Big Pit National Coal Museum
Prepare to be lowered 300 feet down the mineshaft for our famous underground tour with a real miner! Wear the same equipment (helmet, cap lamp, battery) and see what life was like for thousands of men and boys who worked at the coalface.
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery (21 miles)
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Grand castellation mansion housing a large and varied collection of artefacts spanning 2,000 years of the history of Merthyrs. Free entry for under 16s and over 60s. 160 acres of parkland with lake, formal gardens, children’s play area, and tearoom.
South Wales Miners Museum (25 miles)
Neath Port Talbot
South Wales Miners Museum
Children can experience the dark room where there is no natural light, emulating the conditions underground. Cap lamps and helmets can be tried on and your imagination can enhance your experience of a time now very distant. This is a must see attraction in Afan Forest Park.
Cardiff International Pool (2 miles)
Penarth Leisure Centre (2 miles)
Llanishen Leisure Centre (3 miles)
Llanishen Leisure Centre
A fun family oriented leisure pool with a tropical lagoon style which features a pretty nifty flume slide and a cool wave machine: terrific fun and exercise for of all ages! Plus room to actually swim, too!
Newport Centre (11 miles)
features a tropically themed leisure pool with a cool spiralling flume slide and a decent wave machine. The shallow beach area is great for kids with it's own mini slides and a safe play to enjoy the waves from. Fun for everyone!
Bridgend Recreation Centre (17 miles)
Bridgend Recreation Centre
boasts an extra large leisure pool complete with hydro slide and awesome wave machine, plus a gentler beach area with baby slide. So bring everyone!
Adamsdown Play Centre (< 1 mile)
Adamsdown Play Centre
Enjoy a variety of play activities from cooking, arts and crafts to sports and also has indoor and outdoor play facilities plus den building. For 5 to 14s.
Zone Playcentre (2 miles)
is an indoor soft play centre. We have a Party area, baby and toddler area and a large children’s play frame with ball pools, rope bridges, tunnels, wavy slides, drop slide, play houses, little tikes cars and much more. Plus great cafe and special parties!
Pebbles Soft Play Area (2 miles)
Pebbles Soft Play Area
Adventure soft play area for children age 7 and under in Cardiff. It has everything from cargo nets with mouse holes, to mirror chicanes and perspex floors! Obstacles and challenges allow children to explore and play in a safe environment.
Jazzy Jungle (2 miles)
Adventure soft play for the under 10s with special section for under 3s. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Cardiff
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre (2 miles)
Ants Inya Pants Play Centre
A fairly small adventure play facility still surprisingly full of slick slides, deep ball pits, winding tunnels, ball cannons and nippy zip lines! Plus parties and dedicated Special Needs sessions.
123 Jump Play Centre (3 miles)
123 Jump Play Centre
Featuring a fantastic play-frame, an enormous inflatable, an indoor football pitch and a zone just for toddlers. Adults are encouraged to go into the play frame with their kids, so wear socks!
Fuzzy Eds at Pentre Gwilym House (5 miles)
Coconuts Play Centre (5 miles)
Coconuts Play Centre
Adventure soft play and party centre with a large play frame, and classic fun features to stimulate the imagination, and burn up some energy. Spacious cafe with good visibility of play area. Several party pacakages available.
Jungle Jacks (6 miles)
Jungle Themed Softplay Centre in the town centre with a two storey play frame, separate toddler zone, cafe and offers a variety of party options.
Funtastic (7 miles)
offers several age ranged multi level play zones plus baby area, football and sports arena, and their NEW Go-Kart track is now open!
Adventure Island (7 miles)
A play and party centre with separate areas for younger and older children. Fun, safe and weatherproof!
Rascals Club House (8 miles)
Rascals Club House
Multi level adventure climbing maze with toddler version, plus ride on car track, disco stage, arts and crafts area, and sports pitch.
Three Horseshoes (8 miles)
With Fun Fort play areas in and outside, the kids are sure to work up an appetite for the great family menu whatever weather you've got! Slides, climbing frames, balls and swings: there's nothing there that isn't fun!
Tiny Tumblers (8 miles)
A double decker climbing maze for kids under 7 years plus the cool tots' sensory zone for the wee ones! Loads of traditional adventure play features in bright friendly colours, plus a range of parties on offer too.
Wacky Warehouse New Inn (10 miles)
Wacky Warehouse New Inn
offers a colourful multi level adventure soft play frame full of features, plus dedicated toddler zone with smaller versions of the big fun. Attached to a family friendly restaurant.
Jolly Jesters Playcentre (10 miles)
Jolly Jesters Playcentre
offers a multi level adventure climbing maze with fun features plus toddler version with smaller versions of the big fun.
Kidzz Fun Indoor Playcentre (11 miles)
Kidzz Fun Indoor Playcentre
is an Indoor children's play centre with cafe and lounge areas, sports court and play frame, even a funky car track. We also cater for children's parties in one of our 3 fantastic party areas.
Bijou (12 miles)
Exciting 3 level play structure in a comfortable cafe environment, with a Play Station Corner. Plenty to keep the kids amused, while adults can enjoy free WiFi, newspapers... and relax!
Cheeky Monkeys Cwmbran (13 miles)
Cheeky Monkeys Cwmbran
- both indoor and outdoor play. Cheeky Monkeys offers 4 separate play areas: Toddler Zone, Junior Zone, Sports Zone and Outdoor Zone! All designed to provide a safe, fun and stimulating environment for children under 12 years of age!
Zoopadoopa (14 miles)
is a zoo themed play frame with an under 3 area with car track. The main frame has a zebra and tiger slide with arial glide and ball cannon. We also have a sports court. Suitable for babies and children up to the age of 12 years.
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The Eden Centre (16 miles)
The Eden Centre
Multi level adventure soft play plus sports facilities and kart track with dedicated baby zone.
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre (16 miles)
Rumble in the Jungle Indoor Playcentre
is the largest childrens indoor playcentre in RCT, catering for children aged 0 to 12 years, with huge 3 level playframe, large baby area with ball pond and softplay, sports arena and party rooms.
Monster Madness (17 miles)
offer a huge multi level multi color adventure play frame plus dedicated toddler zone.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Cardiff with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in South Wales can enjoy the great day out as well.
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