Come and enjoy a range of exciting leisure activities that it offers for adventure-seekers of all ages and abilities


VCNM logo - orangeCardiff International White Water (CIWW) is an exhilarating, on-demand adventure facility in the heart of the International Sports Village. A centre of excellence for training, the venue also provides expertly run courses, from the Paddle School to Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

CIWW has so many amazing activities on offer that whatever watersport you’re looking for, they’re bound to have it covered!

With up to six people in a raft, white water rafting is one of the most sociable activities available. Suitable for complete beginners and seasoned white water enthusiasts, the two hour coached sessions provide action-packed fun from start to finish. On Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, the level and speed of the water are lowered to accommodate younger children (aged 6+), so that the whole family can ride the rapids together.

Or why not try Indoor Wave? The simulated surf machine provides the thrill of bodyboarding all year round in the convenience of a city location. If you’re not a fan of water, Air Trail is guaranteed to get the adrenaline pumping. Get harnessed up and cross the high ropes timber structure towering above the white water course, and try the challenging Burma Bridge, Monkey Swing, Barrel Crawl and Zip Wire.

Other activities include canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hot dogging and more, so if you want to try out a new sport or head to the centre with a group, there’s something for everyone. CIWW is also the ideal venue for birthday parties, stag and hen weekends, team building and educational sessions.

After you’ve experienced the excitement of the centre’s activities, why not unwind and refuel at the café bar? Located on the top floor with a large balcony, it boasts the ideal spot for spectators to enjoy a drink and bite to eat while they watch rafters taking on the ultimate challenge.

Make waves this half term

Keep your boisterous brood entertained at half term by paying a visit to the Bay, Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) and beyond.

Take a bracing, scenic stroll along Cardiff Bay Barrage, which boasts panoramic sea views, free exhibitions, a children’s play area, skate plaza and adiZone outdoor gym. You can also snap some family selfies with the Enormous Crocodile, an animated bench installed to mark the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations.

Or get even closer to the water and embark on a boat ride to tranquil Flat Holm. Learn about the Island’s fascinating history on a guided tour, explore its abundant wildlife, and call in for a drink at the cosy Gull and Leek, Wales’ most southerly pub. To book your boat places for Sunday 19 February, head to

Located a stone’s throw away from the city centre with free parking, CIWW offers exhilarating activities for all ages and abilities. Family Rafting is the perfect way to dip your toes into the thrills and spills of the white water course. The level and speed of the water are lowered, enabling children as young as six to take part. With up to six people in a raft, riding the rapids is guaranteed to inject some fun into your family time.

Ideal for beginners, as well as board sport enthusiasts, Indoor Wave is open for bodyboarding all year round, even when the weather outside is off-putting. The world renowned FlowRider® machine features a double lane design, so that family and friends can show off their newfound skills together.
Those who aren’t fans of watersports can get their kicks from the Air Trail high rope, steel and timber course, which towers above the white water. Both children and adults love tackling the challenge of the Burma Bridge, Monkey Swing, Barrel Crawl and Zip Wire obstacles.

Sessions cost from £10 to £35 per person; age and height restrictions apply. For more information, go to

By road

By car: Follow signs for Cardiff Bay and the International Sports Village. The International Sports Village is connected to the national road network via the Cogan Spur on the A4055 & the Barry junction off the A4232 & then onto the M4 J33. Free Parking. By Foot/By Bike: From Central Cardiff, follow the Taff Trail to Cardiff Bay, this will link to the Bay Edge Walkway which leads to the International Sports Village

Public transport

By Rail: The nearest train station is Cogan, however please note you can only walk to CIWW from here via Pont Y Werin Bridge, opening on June 8th Get the train to Barry/Llantwit Major and ask for Cogan Station. The nearest mainline station, where these conenctions can be made, is Cardiff Central, adjacent to Cardiff Central bus station Exit Cogan Station and head straight across the roundabout toward Tesco. Signage will direct you across Pont y Werin, the new pedestrian and cycle bridge to the International Sports Village By Bus: Cardiff Bus services 9 and 9A run through the International Sports Village and terminate in Cardiff City Centre. Services 35 and 36 operate to Gabalfa via Cardiff city centre.



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Cardiff International
Sports Village
Watkiss Way
CF11 0SY