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Family Friendly Attractions Open In Cardiff

After a difficult few months of the same 4 walls, YouTube PE sessions, home schooling, and the occasional zoom meeting interruption; most parents will rejoice – and rightfully so –  in the fact that the school term has ended and families can regain some semblance of normality.

News that attractions such as museums, cinemas, and outdoor play areas are once again opening their doors to visitors, has been welcomed by parents and children in equal measure. Now comes the next challenge of figuring out what the ‘new normal’ means for us and our families, and how we decide to ease ourselves comfortably, cautiously, and confidently back into life within the public realm.

Visit Cardiff have put this blog together with the aim of giving you peace of mind before your next family outing. Listed below you will find a wide range of attractions that are now open for your enjoyment, we will also provide you with information on safety measures that have been put in place to ensure the attractions are good to go.

Before you visit Cardiff, head over to our homepage where you’ll find everything you need to know to visit the city safely. You can download the new ‘Safe City’ map to familiarise yourself with the safety measures that have been introduced in the city centre. These include road closures, staffed information points where you can access free hand sanitizer, and more.

Cardiff International White Water

Cardiff International White Water is now open and taking bookings!

Cardiff International White Water is an exhilarating, on-demand adventure facility; home to the only white water rafting course in South Wales.

Find out about bookings and safety measures on the official website by clicking here.

St Fagans National Museum of History

St Fagans National Museum of History is Wales’s most-visited heritage attraction, standing in magnificent castle grounds on the outskirts of Cardiff.

St Fagans National Museum of History is now open to the public for four days per week – every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – until further notice.

The Museum remains free to enter. However, to keep you and staff safe, the number of people that can be welcomed on site at any one time has been reduced. To manage this, all visitors entering the site will need to have booked a free ticket in advance. To reduce any risks from COVID-19, currently all historic buildings and  galleries remain closed.

To find out more about safety measures or  bookings please visit the official website.

Bute Park

There is plenty to do in Bute Park for families including a bike ride along the Taff Trail, following a sculpture trail, a summer picnic, and so much more. You can also pick up a variety of self-led trails to guide you on certain activities and topics.

Full of historic and wildlife interest, at 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches) it is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and comprises a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor.

Find out more here.

The Royal Mint Experience

Royal Mint Experience

At the Royal Mint Experience, unlock 1,100 years of history in coin production, tour the factory and even strike your own coin to take home. Here, you’ll learn more about the history of The Royal Mint, one of the top-rated tourist attractions in South Wales, and you will be able to see the special coins and rare historical memorabilia that their exhibition holds.

The Royal Mint Experience is currently open Friday to Sunday and bank holidays. To find out more about safety measures or  bookings please visit the official website.

Treetop Adventure Golf

Treetops Adventure Golf

The jungle is now open! Swing by TreeTop Adventure Golf for an epic mini golf adventure with two indoor, 18-hole courses, Whichever route you choose, don’t forget to step up to the challenge on the bonus 19th hole (if you’re feeling lucky). You’ll also find cracking coffee, tropical cocktails & soft drinks and tasty jungle grub. There’s no need to book in advance, but Visit Cardiff would advise that you do.

Treetop Adventure Golf have put a range of measures in place to ensure your safety, which you can read about on their official website.

Roath Park and Lake

Roath Park

One of our favourite gems of the city, not explored and experienced enough by tourists and day-trippers alike. Roath Park and Lake is a fantastic free day out for anyone and everyone. Whether you’re interested in local wildlife and horticulture, want to take a lovely meander in an idyllic setting, or have children who want to go wild in a large play park, Roath Park and lake is for you.

 

To find out more about safety measures or  bookings please visit the official website.

Dyffryn Gardens

Dyffryn Gardens

A peaceful oasis on the outskirts of Cardiff, Dyffryn Gardens covers more than 55 acres. Designed by eminent landscape architect Thomas Mawson in 1906, The Edwardian gardens are home to year-round seasonal highlights the gardens feature the best woody collection in the National Trust.

Discover intimate garden rooms including the Pompeiian garden, Paved Court, Reflecting Pool and Mediterranean garden. The enormous great lawn is bordered by seasonal bedding and a croquet lawn. There is also a large glasshouse, statuary collection, and arboretum featuring trees from all over the world as well as the Log Stack play area which is great for kids and adults alike.

Please note that the house and shop are currently closed as a safety measure. Booking in advance is mandatory. To find out more about safety measures or  bookings please visit the official website

Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park

Welsh Mining Experience

The Welsh Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park has reopened it’s doors. This educational and historical attraction tells the story of Black Gold and the social and historic impact upon the South Wales Valleys.

Please note that One family/extended family unit will be allowed on each tour, with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10 people. Social distancing areas clearly marked for your group during the tour and strict hygiene routines are in place prior to each tour.

Booking in advance is essential. To find out more about safety measures or  bookings please visit the official website.

The Red Dragon Centre

Cardiff Bay’s leading entertainment destination, The Red Dragon Centre, has introduced a multitude of additional health and safety measures for it’s reopening to ensure your safety. Open now you’ll find Hollywood Bowl and some of your favourite eateries including Cadwalladers, Five Guys, and many more.

one-way system to ensure that social distancing is maintained and that footfall through the site can be managed. Internally, venues at The Red Dragon Centre will also be implementing queuing systems to monitor capacity and maintain social distancing.

To find out more about safety measures or bookings please visit the official website.

 

St David’s Shopping Centre

St David's Dewi Sant

If you’re ready and able to return to Cardiff for some retail therapy, there’s no better place than the St David’s Dewi Sant Shopping Centre, where you’ll find a wide range of dining options in the food court and over 150 shops and large brands open for business.

Find out about their special opening hours, and safety measures which have been put in place on their official website, here.

Castle Quarter Café

Eat al fresco on Castle Street! Enjoy some of your favourite city centre eateries in the new Castle Quarter Café, an outdoor dining experience set against the picturesque backdrop of Cardiff Castle.We love this new area as it gives city centre restaurants and cafes access to extra outdoor seating, so they can serve their tasty menus to even more customers! Designed with social distancing and public safety in mind; simply turn up, sanitise your hands on entry, be seated to your table, order your food from an easy-to-use web-app by Yoello.

All the information on safety measures, bookings, & restaurants taking part can be found here.

Mermaid Quay

Mermaid Quay

Mermaid Quay boats more than 30 restaurants, cafes, bars and more; a stunning waterfront location in the heart of Cardiff Bay. It’s a great place to drink and dine post-lockdown for 3 main reasons. First off, you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 20 restaurants, bars, and cafes to chose from including popular chains such as Cosy Club, Bill’s and Nando’s to name a few. Secondly, there is a large capacity of outdoor dining space at Mermaid Quay, across 2 floors. Last, and by no means least, is the stunning view of Cardiff Bay, which Mermaid Quay overlooks.

Find out about bookings and safety measures here.

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Now, more than ever, is personal and public space valued. A walk or cycle along the Cardiff Bay Barrage is a lovely family activity for a summers day . Take a stroll along the Cardiff Bay Barrage, take in the views across the bay and Bristol Chanel, and enjoy the sea breeze. The Bay Trail is 10 Km in length and passes many attractions along the way from The Norwegian Church, Wales Millennium Centre, Y Senedd and more.

Cardiff Barrage Skate Plaza

Covering an area of over 1,100 square metres, the plaza has been designed to recreate the urban street environment with a range of different materials such has granite marble and brick. Features include steps, rails and a jump called the Beijing Gap, which gives skaters a chance to jump across a 1.8m gap. Open 7.00am-10.00pm. Find out more.

Cardiff Bay Fun Park

The Cardiff Bay Fun Park is now open, and all of the fun fair rides are family orientated consisting of The Sea Storm, Dodgems, Sizzler Twist, Wacky Worm Family Coaster, Balloon Ride, Race O Rama ride, Mini Jets Ride, Mini Bumper Carz, The Go Gator children’s Coaster. There are also 3 game stalls with Basketball and throwing games to win Big Cuddly toy prizes!

Tokens are £1 each and available at the token booths throughout the site.

There is a selection of 4 catering units including The grill, Ice Cream Bus, Donuts & Crepes

Please note that no bikes or pets are allowed on site, this does not include guide dogs.

For more information, click here.

Cardiff Castle Public Square

cardiff castle public square

Cardiff Castle is sadly still not currently open as a tourist attraction; however, visitors to the city centre are welcome to enjoy free entry into the Castle Grounds to enjoy the public square that has been created, including a Cafe & Bar area, picnic benches and tables, public toilets and outer green. Bikes and Dogs are now allowed within the Castle Grounds, and a range of safety measures have been introduced. Please remember to be considerate of other visitors, maintain the appropriate social distancing and use the hand sanitising facilities available at every opportunity.

More information here.

 

Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail

The trail is located in a woodland area adjacent to the fairy-tale castle, Castell Coch. The path is approximately one and a half miles in length and is designed to take you on a magical journey through the forest. In 2018 10 new sculptures depicting animals which would have once roamed the Welsh forest were added to the fantastic trail. A great way to reconnect with nature or find some peace and quiet, and it’s all free.