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Stuck for something to do or see around the city? Let us give you the inspiration you need to put some fun in a mundane Sunday afternoon or Tuesday night. Cardiff for grown-ups and kids of all ages...

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Cardiff Castle

You can't miss it! The Marquis of Butes' wonderful Victorian reconstruction of the Norman original does the job so much better than an accurate resoration would have. The bland looking outside walls belie the sumptuous high gothic interior. Climb to the top of the keep, chill out on the grass or take a tour of the apartments and see the clock tower and roof garden. Cardiff Castle

'So I says..look Leonardo...'

The National Museum of Wales

The National Museum of Wales is a short walk from the city centre and it has resisted the 'dumbing down' that unfortunately characterises many museums today. Plenty of stuff to keep the kids busy on even the dullest day and a truly stunning collection of art. Want to see what 60 million quids worth of paintings on one wall looks like? Now's your chance. Free admission. National Museum

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The Millenium Stadium

Still the 'Arms Park' to many Cardiffians of a certain age, the Millenium Stadium dominates the city centre and has hosted the Rugby World Cup, The FA Cup Final and many other sporting and musical events. It's open for tours and you can walk down the player's tunnel onto the famous pitch as well as look behind the scenes in the changeing rooms and the royal box.


Burning a wicker man at  st fagan's  - 'I trust the sight of our young people enjoying some bara brith refreshes you Sergeant Howie?'

Welsh Museum of Country Life St Fagan's

Part of the National Museum of Wales, St Fagan's is approx 3 miles west of the city centre and consists of interesting old buildings moved brick-by brick from around Wales and reassembled with complete with period contents in lovely parkland. Has chapel's, churches, houses and shops but as a living tribute to welsh non-conformism no pub! (Although the Plymouth arms is just outside the front entrance) There's also a working pottery, bronze age village and farm with real animals for the kids. Free admission but 3 pounds to park more

Castell Coch

Castell Coch

Beautifully situated on a densely wooded hillside a few miles to the north of Cardiff at Tongwynlais, Castell Coch (The Red Castle) is a Victorian fairytale castle come to life. The eccentric architect William Burgess certainly made the most of the Marquess of Bute's bottomless pockets when he undertook the restoration and no expense was spared in making this a pre-raphaelite dream. There's a tea room where you can enjoy a home made cake and a cuppa after your tour.

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10 Pin Bowling


Cardiff runs to a pair of ten pin bowling alleys. If you've never played give yourself a treat and take the kids or your friends for a game or two. You don't need any experience and the co-respondent shoes are supplied. Hollywood bowl is in the bay and parking is free. Bowlplex is just to the north of the city at Nantgarw.

Hollywood Bowl, Red Dragon Centre Tel: 029 20471444 www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral

Llandaff Cathedral sits next to the river Taff in the picturesque city of Llandaff (actually a suburb of Cardiff). Dating from the middle ages the Cathedral was partially flattened by the Luftwaffe and rebuilt after the war to feature the Epstein Majestas, a kind of concrete arch topped by a figure of Christ.

Llandaff Cathedral

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Boulders Climbing Centre

Take the family for a day out with a difference, learn to climb or abseil. Safe indoor experiences for absolute beginners and pebbles climbing for kids as well as intermediate and advanced activities for the more adventurous. Climbing adventure play area for age 7 and under.

02920 484880
St Catherine’s Business Park, Pengam Road, Cardiff CF24 2RZ

Boulders Climbing Centre

Things for kids to do in Cardiff

Attractions for Children in Cardiff

Get your little darlings away from the computer and doing real stuff with our list of fun things to do in and around Cardiff. Summer's day or rainy winter afternoon - here's a few suggestions ranging from the free to the 'Are you really sure you want to do this?'
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