20 Best Things To Do In Cardiff Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Cardiff

There are lots of great things to do in Cardiff, from diving into the fun at  Aqua Park Cardiff in summer to exploring history at one of Wales’ legendary castles. 

The first place to start is the lovely Cardiff Bay. Stop by this family-friendly waterfront entertainment area and catch a performance at Wales Millennium Centre, or dive into the world of science at Techniquest.

Take a trip back in time with some of the most famous historic attractions in Cardiff. Visit Cardiff Castle to discover the legacies left behind by the Romans, Normans and Victorians throughout 2,000 years of history. Here’s why travel blogger Laura loves visiting Cardiff Castle with her kids. For more castle adventures, head out to Castell Coch - the Red Castle, or travel a little further and take a tour of Caerphilly Castle. All three are amongst the top 10 castles in Wales

Then head to the National Museum Cardiff to go eye-to-eye with woolly mammoths and the world’s largest leatherback turtle! Speaking about time travel…one of the most iconic things to do in Cardiff is the Doctor Who Experience - a full-on, interactive adventure that whisks you through time as you earn your stripes to become the next time lord.

Still got energy? Take to the water on your family day out in Cardiff! At International White Water you can enjoy the thrill of river boarding, indoor surfing, paddle boarding and much more. If you prefer your aqua-based activities to be a little more relaxing, Cardiff International Pool is just a stone’s throw away with its flumes, lazy river, leisure pool and café.

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Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff

Treetop Adventure Golf Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Grab your tribe and trek into a leafy paradise at Treetop Adventure Golf in Cardiff. With two epic 18-hole courses of exciting mini-golf, all that’s...

Kids on Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Cardiff Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Are you ready for your next mission? Transform a regular day in Cardiff into a real-life adventure with a Spy Mission Treasure Trail! Your kids will...

Display room at The Cardiff Story Museum

The Cardiff Story Museum

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Discover how Cardiff turned from a small market town in the 1300's to one of the world's biggest ports in the 1900's at The Cardiff Story Museum. The...

People looking for clues at Escape Reality Cardiff

Escape Reality Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Do you fancy something different and love a good puzzle? Then Escape Reality Cardiff is for you! Discover  a brand new immersive interactive gaming e...

ImmotionVR Cardiff

ImmotionVR Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Have you heard about the VR craze yet? Time to try it out for yourself at ImmotionVR in Cardiff! At this awesome VR centre, you’ll have the opportuni...

Cineworld Cardiff

Cineworld Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Up for going to the movies? If you want to see the top family-friendly releases, the best place to go is Cineworld Cardiff. Share the magic of the bi...

Outside view of Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

For over 2,000 years Cardiff Castle has housed the Romans, the Normans, right up to the Victorians and the local community during WWII airstrikes. To...

Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

Vue Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Let the cinema take you away, after-all you can go anywhere! Jump into movie magic at Vue Cardiff, where you’ll find all your favourites, from exciti...

Girl bowling at Superbowl UK

Superbowl UK Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Ready, set, bowl! Time to put your bowling skills to the test at Superbowl UK Cardiff - there are 12 lanes, as well as a VIP area. It doesn’t matter...

Cardiff Codebreaking Walk

Cardiff Codebreaking Walk

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Cardiff is a beautiful city to explore on foot with plenty of wonderful sights to see. Your little ones aren’t keen on sightseeing? What if we told y...

Laser room at Laser Quest Cardiff

Laser Quest Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Quest Cardiff is now reopen as aSuperbowl UK! With major features listed as 12 Lane Bowling Alley, Laser Quest, Crazy Club Soft Play, Sports Lo...

Outside view of National Museum Cardiff at night

National Museum Cardiff5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

There's plenty for families and children at the National Museum in Cardiff, whenever you visit and whatever your interests. A firm family favourite i...

Girls playing on playground at Parc in Cardiff

Parc

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Come have a wild time whatever the weather at Parcs indoor and outdoor play extravaganza! Let your little ones run off and be a princess or princess...

A little boy playing at Dyffryn Gardens in St Nicholas

Dyffryn Gardens

  • St Nicholas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Enjoy a fun-packed day at Dyffryn Gardens - explore 55 acres of beautiful gardens, featuring a humongous, 1/2 acre, wild play area for your kids. Let...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Cinema can take you anywhere; from the furthest reaches of the gallery to two hundred years in the past. Go exploring at ODEON Cardiff. With 18 scree...

Marilyn Monroe at Hollywood Bowl Cardiff

Hollywood Bowl Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Start landing the clean sweeps! Face the family in a bowling match at Hollywood Bowl Cardiff. That little bit of friendly competition will give your...

Show at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff

Wales Millennium Centre

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Wales Millennium Centre is inviting you to come and find out all about the Milipwts and explore their new home, The Milipwts' Den, found just next to...

Staff doing fire show at Techniquest in Cardiff

Techniquest5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Techniquest aims to inspire and inform the scientists of the future! The UK’s longest established science discovery centre develops and sells exhibit...

Kids at TeamSport Indoor Karting Cardiff

TeamSport Indoor Karting Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

It’s time for high-adrenaline corners, jaw-dropping straights and heart-stopping hairpins at TeamSport, Cardiff. Treat your mini-racer to a day out g...

Kids in ball pit at Zone Playcentre in Cardiff

Zone Playcentre

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Zone Playcentre has different zones for children to play, have fun, develop strength, develop self confidence and make new friends. The children...

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