Family time in Cardiff

Explore the best of Cardiff with the whole family

Explore Wales’s history, go white water rafting or have a play day in the park – just some of the many kids activities Cardiff has to offer

Step back in time
Take a trip back in time and explore Wales through the ages with a trip to St Fagans National History Museum. More than 40 original buildings from Celtic times to the present have been re-erected in the grounds of St Fagans Castle, including a farm, medieval chapel and Workmen’s institute. There’s also a row of ironworkers’ houses that show how people lived from 1805 to 1985. Make sure to stop by the bakery for a cheesy bun. At Cosmeston Lakes Country Park, you can find out what life was like in the middle ages at the reconstructed 14th century medieval village, while at Blaenavon in the South Wales Valleys, you can learn about South Wales’s industrial heritage. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blaenavon is home to an ironworks and heritage railway, as well as the Big Pit National Coal Museum where you can go 300-foot underground and tour a coal mine.
Active fun
If your kids are a bundle of energy, there are plenty of ways to help them burn it off when you visit Cardiff. Try and have a go at indoor surfing, kayaking or white water rafting at the Cardiff International White Water centre. Situated in the International Sports Village, it’s suitable for children aged six years and over. Treetop Adventure Golf in the St David’s 2 shopping centre has two indoor 18-hole mini golf courses to tackle – try your luck on the tropical or ancient explorer trail. While at Infinity Trampoline Park, you and your kids can jump until your heart’s content on the centre’s many trampolines, or take a family climbing class at nearby Boulders Indoor Climbing. The climbing walls are suitable for those aged seven or over, and for younger children, there’s a soft play area.
Castles galore
When it comes to Cardiff attractions, the one thing the city and its surrounding area isn’t lacking is castles. Cardiff Castle dominates the city centre and there you can explore the Norman keep, see a Roman wall and take a tour of the incredible 19th century neo-gothic palace. There are also underground tunnels to visit, which were used as air-raid shelters during the Second World War. Overlooking the city, Castell Coch is a 19th century fairytale castle built on the site of a ruined castle that was designed to resemble the Victorian ideal of a medieval castle. Head over the mountain and you’ll find Caerphilly Castle, one of the largest stone castles in the UK. Tredegar House near Newport, meanwhile, is a large 17th century manor house with extensive gardens, woodland and a children’s play area.
Outdoor adventures
Looking for a playground or somewhere to kick a ball around with the kids? Cardiff has a number of parks, including Bute Park & Arboretum in the city centre, which has 56 hectares for kids to run wild in, and Roath Park, which features a children’s play area, boating lake and botanic garden. Porthkerry Country Park in the Vale of Glamorgan is a 220-acre park with woodlands, meadows and a pebble beach, as well as nature trails, a 12-hole pitch and putt golf course, play area and café. Fancy a trip to the seaside? Head to Barry Island, which boasts a sandy beach, funfair and games arcades. Or why not take a trip to Cardiff Bay and take a boat ride across the large freshwater bay?
Rainy days
Wales is renowned for its wet weather, but luckily there’s lots to do with kids on rainy days. At the National Museum Cardiff in the city centre, you can take a journey through Wales’s history from the big bang to the present, via dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Kids can also get hands on and examine the museum’s artefacts at the Clore Discovery Centre. Science comes to life at the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff Bay, where kids can learn as they play with the centre’s 120 interactive exhibits and discover the secrets of the solar system in the planetarium. While fans of the television show Doctor Who should plan a trip to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, where props, costumes and sets from the show are on display.
Rainy days
Wales is renowned for its wet weather, but luckily there’s lots to do with kids on rainy days. At the National Museum Cardiff in the city centre, you can take a journey through Wales’s history from the big bang to the present, via dinosaurs and woolly mammoths. Kids can also get hands on and examine the museum’s artefacts at the Clore Discovery Centre. Science comes to life at the Techniquest Science Discovery Centre in Cardiff Bay, where kids can learn as they play with the centre’s 120 interactive exhibits and discover the secrets of the solar system in the planetarium. While fans of the television show Doctor Who should plan a trip to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay, where props, costumes and sets from the show are on display.
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