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 playing laser tag at Exeter Segways Paintball and Laser

Exeter Segways Paintball and Laser

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Laser Tag

Exeter Segways The laser tag at Exeter Laser is played on almost exactly the same atmospheric territory as the paintball so the only element missing...

Woolacombe Riding Stables

  • Woolacombe
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Woolacombe Riding Stables are a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved equestrian centre offering lessons for over 4s. They're gre...

Walking paths at Bowood House & Gardens in Calne

Bowood House & Gardens4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Calne
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

The whole family can relax in 100 acres of beautiful parkland, designed by Capability Brown, offering a lake, arboretum, pinetum and cascade. Perfect...

Woman weaving at Axminster Heritage Centre and Museum

Axminster Heritage Centre

  • Axminster
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Travel back in time at Axminster Museum, once a local police station and courthouse found right in the heart of the town. Peer inside the old police...

Kids feeding guinea pigs at Axe Valley Wildlife Park in Axminster

Axe Valley Wildlife Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Axminster
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Axe Valley Wildlife Park is East Devon’s ‘hidden gem’. Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Axe Valley, just a short distance from the Jurass...

A little girl on a swing at Killerton House, photo credit National Trust/James Dobson

Killerton

  • Exeter
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Ready to go exploring? Discover Killerton House, a cosy Georgian family home that’s filled with all sorts of exciting things to find and great outdoo...

Carving on wall at Wildwood Escot in Ottery St Mary

Wildwood Escot5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Ottery St Mary
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Come learn about the native wildlife, get stuck in the crazy maze, and marvel at the magnificent Anglo-Saxon village, all set in the 220 acres of par...

Bandstand by lake at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park in Gloucester

Prinknash Bird & Deer Park

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Once the hunting lodge of King Henry VIII, Prinknash Bird and Deer Park's Old Abbey is set in a charming wooded valley the other side of a monastic e...

Outside view of Mortehoe Museum in Woolacombe

Mortehoe Museum

  • Woolacombe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Mortehoe Museum located in a Grade II listed barn at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Heritage Coast and within the Morteho...

Baby goat at Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre in Kington

Small Breeds Farm & Owl Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Kington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre is a magical place for your family to go and experience the company of many rare and miniature animals, birds and al...

Outdoor go kart racing track at Herefordshire Raceway in Weobley

Herefordshire Raceway

  • Weobley
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Lose track of time at Herefordshire Raceway this week. Speed around on an outdoor race course with an enormous track with plenty of tantalising turns...

Hill top view of Woolacombe Sands

Woolacombe Sands

  • Woolacombe
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

One of Devon's best loved summer destinations with wide sands for beach games, dunes for hide and seek, and rock pools for marine life. There's a lig...

Part of the indoor soft play area at Marlowe's Makes Imagiplay in Dorest

Marlowe's Makes Imagiplay

  • Peacemarsh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for a play area for under-8s? Then head over to Marlowe’s Make Imagiplay, where your kids can get their creative juices flowing and discover...

Indoor soft play frame at Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre in West Stour

Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre

  • West Stour
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The bright and spacious Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre with its 3 level adventure maze frame has all the modern and traditional features one expects...

People at Saunton Sands in Braunton

Saunton Sands

  • Braunton
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Saunton Sands is famous to the kids as the backdrop to Robbie William's 'Angels' track, this is three miles of golden sand backed by Braunton Burrows...

Outside view of Braunton and District Museum

Braunton and District Museum

  • Braunton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Braunton and District Museum is housed in the Bakehouse Centre which was specially converted from a former bakehouse and two cottages. We understand...

Tenpin Gloucester

Tenpin Gloucester

  • Gloucester
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Knock ‘em down and go for gold at Tenpin Gloucester. It’s got bowling, soft play, arcade games and more all under one roof - perfect for busy familie...

Herd of buffalo at Bush Farm Bison Centre in West Knoyle

Bush Farm Bison Centre

  • West Knoyle
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Bush Farm Bison Centre offers the rather unique opportunity to see Bison in the UK and learn all about them, and to see a number of other animals inc...

Falcon at North Devon Falconry in Newton Tracey

North Devon Falconry

  • Newton Tracey
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

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...

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