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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City Sightseeing Cardiff Hop on Hop off Tour bus passes Cardiff Castle

City Sightseeing Cardiff Hop on Hop off Tour

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Wales’ capital city is one of the fastest growing in Europe with loads of attractions specifically tailored for kids. Over 11 stops, explore them all...

Climbing wall at Boulders Climbing & Pebbles Soft Play in Cardiff

Boulders Climbing & Pebbles Soft Play

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Boulders Climbing Centre offers fun beginners' introduction sessions for anyone aged 7 to 13 years. All equipment is provided, no experience is requi...

Aqua Park Cardiff

Aqua Park Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • Water Parks

Fancy a wet and wild adventure this summer? Head out to the beautiful Cardiff Bay and get ready to take on the giant floating obstacle course at Aqua...

Kids jumping at Infinity Trampoline Park in Cardiff

Infinity Trampoline Park Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

To infinity and beyond! Bring your family on a trip to Infinity Trampoline Park and enjoy a day out bouncing, flipping and slam dunking. Bring your l...

Ice skaters at Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff

Ice Arena Wales

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Ice Arena Wales is the brand new ice skating rink in the very heart of Cardiff's Sports Village. The arena boasts 2 spectacular ice pads used for a w...

Water slides at Cardiff International Pool

Cardiff International Pool

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Jump feet first into Cardiff International Pool! With the 50 metre Olympic swimming pool your little ones will be Olympic champions in no time. Howev...

Birthday party at Ants Inya Pants Play Centre in Cardiff

Ants Inya Pants Play Centre

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Considering its size they fit alot in here, with so many slides, ball pits, tunnels, ball cannons, and zip lines it's like a Tardis of play! A large...

People kayaking at Cardiff International White Water

Cardiff International White Water

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Sports

If you're looking for fun for the whole family, why not book an activity that everyone will remember at Cardiff International White Water (CIWW)? The...

Ski slope at Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre

Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Centre

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Alongside welsh cakes or chips with curry sauce, you wouldn’t expect skiing to be a local speciality. Think again as at Cardiff Ski and Snowboard Cen...

Finished crafts at Dotty Pots Ceramic Painting Studio in Penarth

Dotty Pots Ceramic Painting Studio

  • Penarth
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Dotty Pots Ceramic Painting Studio is a paint your own Ceramics studio in the heart of Penarth. Ceramic painting is a fun and absorbing activity that...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Penarth Beach

  • Penarth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you love an outdoor seaside adventure, Penarth beach in South Wales is perfect for you. Though swimming is often not advised, there’s still plenty...

Cafe area and bouncy castle at 123 Jump Play Centre Cardiff

123 Jump Play Centre Cardiff

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

123 Jump Play Centre is the place to go if you've got kids with fizz! It has a fantastic play frame spread over multiple levels, an enormous inflatab...

Toddler jumping on trampoline at Go Air in Cardiff

Go Air

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Go Air Take off and bounce on over 120 wall to wall trampolines for the ultimate cardio and chucklefest! You can launch yourself into 1 of the 6 supe...

Families in swimming pool at Llanishen Leisure Centre in Cardiff

Llanishen Leisure Centre1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Water Parks

Llanishen Leisure Centre features leisure pool with wave machine and water play features ideal for kids and families! There's also space to swim shou...

People in river at Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve in Cardiff

Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Glamorgan Canal Nature Reserve The Nature Reserve, situated in Whitchurch Cardiff, was formed in 1967 and straddles the last remaining stretch of the...

Family walking at St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff

St Fagans National Museum of History5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

St Fagans Museum is one of Europe's leading open-air museums and Wales's most popular heritage attraction. It stands in the grounds of the magnificen...

Men in costumes at Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village in Penarth

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park & Medieval Village

  • Penarth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The country park has a variety of habitats covering over 100 hectares of land and water, with some areas designated a Site of Special Scientific Inte...

T-Rex model at Tee Rex Golf in Cardiff

Tee Rex Golf

  • Cardiff
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

If you think you can dodge a few dinos while putting a hole in one, Tee Rex Golf might just be the challenge for you and your cave kids. There are se...

Wacky Warehouse Heron Marsh

Wacky Warehouse Heron Marsh

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Want to make play time exciting? Bring your kids to Wacky Warehouse Heron Marsh for a couple of hours of laugh-out-loud fun. With plenty of slides, s...

Outside view of Castell Coch in Cardiff

Castell Coch

  • Cardiff
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

While resting on ancient foundations, Castell Coch (Red Castle) is relatively modern, the by-product of a vivid Victorian imagination, assisted by un...

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