Family Friendly Outdoor Activities In Cardiff

Clayton Hotel Cardiff is the perfect place to stay when exploring the city and beyond. There are some wonderful outdoor activities in Cardiff to keep the kids entertained and for a great family day out. Here are a few of our top picks for things to do in Cardiff with kids for a memorable family break.

St Fagans National Museum of History

20-minute drive from hotel

St Fagans National Museum of History

One of Wales’ most popular family-friendly attractions, the St Fagans National Museum of History explores the history of Welsh architecture, culture, and lifestyles. Located on the grounds of St Fagans Castle and gardens, explore some (or all) of the historic buildings, say hello to the farm animals, or visit the workshops where traditional crafts and activities are still demonstrated.

Barry Island and The Knap

25-minute drive from hotel

Made famous by the hit BBC sitcom, Gavin & Stacey,  Barry Island a popular seaside resort with a sandy beach, pleasure park, beach shops, and amusements – everything you need for a family day out in Cardiff.

Just a short drive past Barry Island is the Knap. Enjoy ice cream and walk along the pebble beach with beautiful gardens and a lake that is very popular with miniature boat enthusiasts. The perfect location if you want a quieter beach trip.

Cardiff Bay, Penarth, and Cardiff Bay Trail

12-minute drive from hotel

Just a 5-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cardiff, Cardiff Bay is perfect for family-friendly outdoor activities in Cardiff. With plenty of things to do with kids including, Techniquest and Roald Dahl Plass. You can take a leisurely walk across Cardiff Bay Barrage with stunning views of the Severn estuary, a children’s play park, and an outdoor gym. You can continue on to Penarth Marina through to the International Sports Village following the Cardiff Bay Trail or take a trip to Penarth Pier and the esplanade.

Cardiff Castle and Bute Park

10-minute walk from hotel

Cardiff Castle South Wales

Just a 10-minute walk from the hotel,  with some best free outdoor activities in Cardiff, settled in the heart of the bustling city is over 2000 years of history at Cardiff Castle. The grounds are open to the public for free all year round with tours of the buildings also available.

Nestled behind Cardiff Castle is the green heart of the city, Bute Park. With wonderful wildlife to discover, walks along the river Taff, a wooden play train, and a nature activity trail for children, this gorgeous green space has something for everyone for a wonderful family fun day out in Cardiff. Can you spot the animal wall and find the Secret Garden Café while you’re visiting?

Executive room interior at Clayton Hotel Cardiff

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