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Zoos and Wildlife Parks near to Cardiff
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Seaquarium (13 miles)
Weston Super Mare
Seaquarium Oceans of fun for everyone! Situated on Weston-super-Mare's glorious golden beach, come and get close up and hands on as we take you on a voyage of aquatic discovery. Your ticket is an all-day pass, so don't miss any of our feeds or presentations.
North Somerset Butterfly House (18 miles)
Congresbury
North Somerset Butterfly House Surround yourself with some of the worlds most beautiful butterflies and exotic plants and see the Bug Show.
Tropiquaria Zoo (23 miles)
Washford
Tropiquaria Zoo Zoo with many animals plus puppet theatre, radio museum, tropical hall, pirate ships and play fort. Don’t judge it by the exterior.
Bristol Zoo Gardens (24 miles)
Bristol
Bristol Zoo Gardens Vast animal kingdom adventure plus ZooRopia aerial ropes course, water play area and aquarium. In the new Gorilla Island house, they are directly above you on super tough glass!
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre (25 miles)
Minehead
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre 15th century National Trust farmstead within Exmoor National Park, with a large collection of owls, birds of prey, and friendly animals to greet you around every corner.
Wild Place Project (25 miles)
Bristol
Wild Place Project Adventure, play and learning themed around wildlife, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe at this zoological attraction.
Bristol Aquarium (25 miles)
Bristol
Bristol Aquarium offers over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, from sharks to tropical seahorses.
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (25 miles)
Porlock
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park Hands on style animal park with displays and handling opportunities. Many flying displays actually set (well!) to music. Well worth a visit.
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary (31 miles)
Swansea
Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary Formerly a traditional Welsh hill farm, this sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets. Visitors can see a variety of animals and the work the sanctuary carry out to look after them.
Plantasia (34 miles)
Swansea
Plantasia From insects, reptiles, fish and monkeys to bananas, pineapple plants, prickly cacti and giant bamboo: Plantasia has it all, and is perfect for that unique family day out, no matter what the weather!
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (34 miles)
Ross-on-Wye
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo you can walk with free-flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm (35 miles)
Hereford
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm Llama trekking is fast becoming a 'must-do' activity. Bond with your llama, get to know him and take him on a walk in the glorious countryside of south west Herefordshire. If travelling from further afield, why not take a two day stay in one of our holiday cottages?
Exmoor Zoo (40 miles)
Barnstaple
Exmoor Zoo There is only one place you are guaranteed to see the elusive Exmoor Beast and that is in the grounds of Exmoor Zoo. It is a rather large pair of black leopards that are likely to spot you before you see them! Exmoor Zoo is an award winning zoo set in a delightful location and homes over 175 different and...
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (44 miles)
Warminster
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park Longleat is a perfect day out for all the family with its fantastic Animal Attractions, beautiful Stately Home and gardens, alongside its superb Safari Park . With its recent multi-million pound investment you can explore a whole world of new attractions including Penguin Island and Stingray Bay.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (44 miles)
Newent
International Centre for Birds of Prey Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Ilfracombe Aquarium (45 miles)
Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe Aquarium 'Experience the fascinating journey from an Exmoor stream to the Atlantic Ocean'.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (47 miles)
Cullompton
Yaraks Bird of Prey Standalone unique and specialist Bird of Prey Centre offering flying displays, handling plus flying experiences with eagles, owls hawks and falcons. Run by professional falconers who class their charges as family.
National Botanic Garden of Wales (48 miles)
Llanarthne
National Botanic Garden of Wales Offering pond dipping, the adventure zone, land train, bee garden, mini farm, discovery centre, gift shop, fountains, fun and frolics in more than 500 acres.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park (49 miles)
Axminster
Axe Valley Wildlife Park - is a quaint, quirky wildlife park in the heart of Devon. Animals such as Meerkats, Zebra, Lemurs can be seen here. A personal, friendly place with a laid back atmosphere. Outdoor play areas and coffee shop facility.
North Devon Falconry (50 miles)
Newton Tracey
North Devon Falconry Enjoy a day hunting with their trained Harris' hawks in some of the UK's most beautiful countryside. You will receive a brief lesson in handling this magnificent bird of prey and will enjoy the reassurance of being under the watchfull eye of one of the expert falconers at all times.
Pembrey Country Park (50 miles)
Pembrey
Pembrey Country Park Loads of great things for a family day out including horse riding, dry ski slope, train ride, pitch and putt, adventure playground and the longest toboggan run in Wales!
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (54 miles)
Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
The Donkey Sanctuary (54 miles)
Sidmouth
The Donkey Sanctuary We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to ‘adopt’, along...
Badger Watch Dorset (55 miles)
Dorchester
Badger Watch Dorset An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
Cefn Mably Farm Park (5 miles)
Cardiff
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 ideal place for action packed days out with the kids, birthday parties, schools, and groups. The park...
Amelia Trust Farm (8 miles)
Barry
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)
Cowbridge
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.
Hendrewennol Fruit Garden (9 miles)
Cowbridge
Hendrewennol Fruit Garden Pick Your Own fruit farm with a summer Maize Maze, huge sand pit, Willow Domes and Hay Bales.
Greenmeadow Community Farm (13 miles)
Torfaen
Greenmeadow Community Farm The farm has a wide variety of animals plus a tractor and trailer ride. There is also an adventure playground and an interactive play area where you can have a go at milking a life size demo cow after watching it done for real.
Wiggleys Fun Farm (20 miles)
Bridgend
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)
Cardiff
The Cardiff Story Museum fun, free and interactive galleries to engage kids' interest in local history.
National Museum Cardiff (< 1 mile)
Cardiff
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)
Cardiff
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)
Cardiff
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)
Newport
Newport Museum and Art Gallery Since 1888 Newport Museum and Art Gallery has been collecting evidence of Newport’s history, culture and environment.
National Roman Legion Museum (13 miles)
Newport
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)
Torfaen
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)
Torfaen
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)
Merthyr Tydfil
Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery A grand castellated mansion set in beautiful parkland, Cyfarthfa Castle is now a free museum housing a large collection of artefacts spanning 2000 years of Merthyrs history.
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)
Cardiff
Cardiff International Pool Main swimming, learner and leisure pools plus 3 terrific slides!
Penarth Leisure Centre (2 miles)
Penarth
Penarth Leisure Centre Pool and heath suit currently closed for works.
Llanishen Leisure Centre (3 miles)
Cardiff
Llanishen Leisure Centre Leisure pool with tropical lagoon and wave machine, offering fun for children of all ages.
Newport Centre (11 miles)
Newport
Newport Centre The Newport Centre has a leisure pool with slide, wave machine and beach area.
Bridgend Recreation Centre (17 miles)
Bridgend
Bridgend Recreation Centre Bridgend Recreation Centre boasts the area’s largest leisure pool complete with hydro-slide, wave machine and beach area with baby slide.
Adamsdown Play Centre (< 1 mile)
Cardiff
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.
Cafe Junior (< 1 mile)
Cardiff
Cafe Junior Child oriented eatery with imagination and creative play areas. Health and fun conscious! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Cardiff with kids, particularly if you're hungry!
Zone Playcentre (2 miles)
Cardiff
Zone Playcentre 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)
Cardiff
Pebbles Soft Play Area climbing 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 allows children to explore and play in a safe environment.
Jazzy Jungle (2 miles)
Cardiff
Jazzy Jungle 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 with kids.

Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks 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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