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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People go kart racing at JDR Karting in Gloucester

JDR Karting

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

JDR Karting and Darklight Lasertag offers a great family day out and is particularly popular for kids birthday parties. The junior karting track give...

Kids playing on soft play frame at Playdome Indoor Play in Honiton

Playdome Indoor Play

  • Honiton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Playdome Indoor Play centre offers a fully air conditioned modern play experience, with partial supervision provided by play professionals within...

Logo of Lets Go Bowling & Skating in Barnstaple

Lets Go!

  • Barnstaple
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Please note that the skate rink will be temporarily closed until December 2018.  Lets Go is a super entertainment complex housing a state of the art...

Cineworld Gloucester Quays

Cineworld Gloucester Quays

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Bring some excitement into your day with a brilliant new film at Cineworld Gloucester Quays. Share the magic of the big screen with your whole family...

Family looking at artefacts in Gloucester Waterways Museum

Gloucester Waterways Museum

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Gloucester Waterways Museum brings to life the fascinating story of 2,000 miles of waterways and Britain's most inland port. Kids of all ages will en...

Caravans at Bishops Meadow in Hereford

Bishops Meadow

  • Hereford
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Bishops Meadow This parkland on the banks of the River Wye right in the centre of Hereford is great for quiet recreation whatever the time of year an...

People with paddle boards at SUP Gloucester

SUP Gloucester

  • Gloucester
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Why try stand-up paddleboarding? Not only is it great core exercise, but it's a fantastic way to see the world from the water. At SUP Gloucester, you...

Indoor soft play frame at Little Urchins Softplay in Warminster

Little Urchins Softplay

  • Warminster
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Little Urchins Softplay offers three separate soft play areas for different age ranges and their huge pirate ship is the highlight of the show! Full...

Outside view of Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is well laid out and full of interactive exhibits and displays that will really grab the attention of your kids. T...

Shop and cafe at Funways in Warminster

Funways

  • Warminster
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Funways children's activity and soft play centre. At funways we are constantly improving and developing on new and fantastic ideas. We aim to make yo...

Climbing wall at The Warehouse Climbing Centre in Gloucester

The Warehouse Climbing Centre

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Warehouse Climbing Centre is set over 5 floors with dedicated spaces for climbing, bouldering and children's activities. The Digi wall, Auto bela...

Rider and horse jumping at The Warminster Saddle Club

The Warminster Saddle Club

  • Warminster
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

The Warminster Saddle Club offer regular weekly lessons, with BHS qualified instructors, for children and adults, every day of the week. These range...

Person skiing at Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre

  • Gloucester
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre is located on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester on the edge of the beautiful Cotswolds. Activities offered...

Kids looking at rock exhibit at Museum of Gloucester

Museum of Gloucester

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Museum of Gloucester, previously known as Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, was recently given a grant to refurbish and reinvent itself. It...

Landscape at Burrow Farm Gardens in Axminster

Burrow Farm Gardens

  • Axminster
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Burrow Farm Gardens offer almost 10 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens that have been created from scratch over the last 50 years by the owner,...

Mum and baby playing at GL1 in Gloucester

GL1

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

GL1 is Gloucester's own leisure centre offering a variety of activities for young and old, from swimming for the whole family to indoor sports of all...

Families on tractor ride at Newbridge Farm Park in Ledbury

Newbridge Farm Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Ledbury
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Newbridge Farm Park is an open space full of animals, activities and adventure play that are ideal for younger children. Kids will love coming face t...

Rhossili and South Gower Coast

Rhossili and South Gower Coast

  • Rhossili
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Fancy a day at the best beach in Europe? You won’t have to go far, in fact, it’s right here in the UK! Rhossili Bay is the only European beach voted...

Rhossili Bay Beach

Rhossili Bay Beach

  • Swansea
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Rhossili Bay Beach Three miles of golden sand access via a steep path down from the clifftop. The beach is quieter than one would expect for a settin...

Outside view of National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthney

National Botanic Garden of Wales

  • Llanarthney
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • National Parks

Come see why the National Botanic Garden is the most visited parkland in Wales! Set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the garden has the...

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