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    Our top ten things for families to do in Cardiff!

Top 10 Things for Families

Stuck for ideas on what to do with the family in Cardiff? 


Things to do in Cardiff with family

We have compiled a top 10 list of fun things to do that will keep the whole family entertained .... and they won't break the bank either. Here are some activities to do in Cardiff throughout the year, not just at half term. 

Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities in Cardiff, there are plenty of unique things to do. And, not just in the city centre.

1. The Wales Millennium Centre

Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay, the WMC hosts lots of fun and inspiring activities, making it the perfect day out for young children and their families. The centre opens at 10am and is free to visit. You can enjoy the regular performances, tours and even get messy/creative in their workshops.

2. The Cardiff Story Museum

Travel back in history and experience The Cardiff Story Museum. You will discover the history of Cardiff through film, photographs, stories and objects, and learn how Cardiff grew from a small market town to the capital city it is today. The museum is free and features numerous interactive galleries and is located in the Old Library building.

3. Doctor Who Experience

Sadly the Doctor Who Experience is no long open in Cardiff. Here you were transported by the Tardis through space to different time zones in order to help the Doctor with his mission and save him from his enemies. There were even a few scary monsters, including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans. However, you can still explore Cardiff and easily find the filming locations

4. Cardiff Spy Mission Treasure Trail

This trial is a fantastic activity for the whole family. You will be walking around Cardiff Bay, visiting many of the historical sights on the way, in order to collect the answers to the clues. The Treasure Trail is 2.5 miles long and is a great opportunity to get your kids exercising in the open air.

5. National Museum

You will not be short of things to do in the National Museum of Cardiff. There's always plenty to see and do, whatever your interests. Personally, we recommend the Evolution of Wales exhibition, where you can travel through time and come face to face with the giant Woolly Mammoth and Dinosaurs.

Don't forget to visit the Clore Discovery Centre, where you can inspect historical weapons, dinosaur bones, insects, and so much more.

6. Cardiff Castle

Being 2000 years old, Cardiff Castle has hosted many people, including, the Romans, Normans and Victorians. Don't forget to pick up a child-friendly audio guide to talk you through the history of the castle. There is also a fantastic animal trail to follow on which you will discover all of the little secrets that William Burges left behind.

7. Parc Play

Let the kids run wild in the Parc! It is a great day out for children of many different ages! Under 4s can enjoy the toddler swings, sand and water play areas, as well as, the slides and playhouses. For the older kids, there is a huge slide, zip wire, climbing wall, and so much more.

8. Cardiff International Pool

You can enjoy Cardiff International Pool no matter the weather. It is a water wonderland allowing for swimming, learning and extreme fun with the 3 slides, tipping buckets and the fantastic range of toys and floats available.

9. Buzz Parks

Are you ready for some serious cardio and giggles? With over 120 wall-to-wall trampolines, prepare to bounce! Previously known as Go Air, at Buzz Parks, there are also numerous foam pits to jump into and a dedicated area for dodgeball and basketball. We are sure you will love this fantastic activity. Psst....It's not just for the kids!

10. St Fagans National Museum Cardiff

As Wales's most popular heritage attraction, St Fagans is not to be missed. Explore the grounds of the outstanding Castle and experience Wales's history from the Celtic times to the present day. You can also watch as the craftsmen demonstrate their traditional skills in their many workshops and activities.



Bedrooms at Future Inn Cardiff

It doesn't end there

From bowling alleys to art galleries, there are so many things for families to do in Cardiff. There's crazy golf at Treetop Adventure Golf, watch Cardiff City Football Club play a match or head to Bute Park or Roath Park Cardiff. Interactive science at Techniquest or even an outdoor adventure at Forest Fawr Sculpture Trail. Little ones and teens will love the attractions in Cardiff.

Did you know?

Future Inn Cardiff Bay is a family-friendly hotel. All bedrooms can sleep up to four, making them ideal for a family staycation. Plus, free parking, free WiFi and a whole host of home-away-from-home perks. Rooms from £67 per night, and under 12's stay for free.

Kids eat free at Future Inns. Children aged under 5's eat for free throughout the year. The menu has something for foodies or those who may be a bit fussier, and they always ensure that there is one of the ‘five a day’ on the plate.

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