Fun Things To Do in Cardiff

Planning a family trip to Cardiff and looking for fun and exciting activities to do during your visit? Lucky for you Cardiff is a city overflowing with family-friendly activities guaranteed to make your trip memorable for years to come. Even better The Clayton Hotel Cardiff is at the doorstep of so many of these amazing activities. Start organising your trip today with our list of fun things to do in Cardiff below!

1. Trip to Cardiff Castle

10-minute walk from hotel

Cardiff Castle South Wales

You really haven’t been to Cardiff if you haven’t visited its most famous castle! Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’s leading historical attractions, centred right at the heart of the city and holding over 2,000 years of history. Its structure was once a Roman fort, then a Norman castle and finally redesigned into the Victorian Gothic castle which stands today. Rich with history and culture, The Castle is easily accessed from Clayton Hotel Cardiff, being a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

The castle is available for tours every day of the week with Adult Family tickets costing £38. Highlights of the castle tour include climbing the mighty Norman Keep and seeing the replica trebuchet, exploring the Castle Apartments, discovering the Roman remains and Chariot corner and taking a leisurely stroll along the Battlement Walk.

2. Attend a match at the Principality Stadium

8-minute walk from hotel

cardiff bay attractions

A trip to the Principality Stadium should be at the top of every sports fan’s list of places to visit in Cardiff. This 74,000-seater stadium, formerly known as the Millennium Stadium, is at the centre of the city and is the home of Welsh Rugby. Over the years the Principality has hosted many major events including the Rugby World Cup, Welsh national football team games, boxing, motorsports, concerts and much more!

The city can be a special place on a rugby matchday with the atmosphere both in and out of the stadium being electric, while the fans are some of the nicest and most family-friendly around. This makes for a great activity in Cardiff for the whole family. Clayton Hotel Cardiff is only an 8-minute walk from the stadium so you won’t have to travel far to and from the game.

3. Cardiff International White Water (CIWW)

10-minute drive from hotel

Calling all thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) is the place for you! Situated at the heart of the International Sports Village in Cardiff, just a 10-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cardiff, CIWW is home to the UK’s very first on-demand Olympic standard White Water Rafting and Indoor Wave facility.

CIWW is the ideal place for families to take up a challenge, seek a thrill or indulge in pure excitement, with a wide range of on-site and off-site activities taking place all year round.

Activities include water rafting, water tubing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking and indoor surfing.

4. Visit the National Museum Cardiff

15-minute walk from hotel

The National Museum is an excellent place to visit in Cardiff for an educational family day out, especially on a rainy day. A 15-minute walk from Clayton Hotel Cardiff, the museum has a packed programme of events and exhibitions, with something for all ages and interests.

The museum is home to one of Europe’s finest art collections, with over 500 years of work on display from all around the world. The kids will have an amazing time at The Evolution of Wales exhibition. The adventure begins with the big bang and space, while along the journey you will also come face to face with woolly mammoths and dinosaur skeletons, who roamed Wales millions of years ago!

5. Day out in Bute Park

15-minute walk from hotel

Bute Park, considered to be the ‘back garden’ of Cardiff Castle and the green heart of the city, is a luscious open space perfect for a quick break from the city’s lively streets.

A trip to Bute Park is a superb day out for the entire family with so much to do and see! Try your luck at finding all 21 sculptures along the sculpture trail, follow the child-friendly story trail, rent a bike and take a leisurely cycle or walk along the River Taff while taking in the stunning Herbaceous Border. The options are endless for fun things to do in Bute Park.

6. Visit Techniquest

10-minute drive from hotel

Come and visit the UK’s first science discovery centre at Techniquest in Cardiff Bay only a 10-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cardiff. Techniquest is both informing and inspiring, offering interactive activities in Cardiff with over 100 captivating exhibits, including spectacular shows in the Science Theatre, a tour of the stars in the Planetarium or launching a rocket at the International Space Station.

Make sure to take a look around the shop before you go! You will find plenty of quirky gifts, interesting reads and fun games for all ages! The perfect way to remember your visit to Techniquest.

7. Tee off at Treetop Adventure Golf

6-minute walk from hotel

Treetop Adventure Golf is an epic adventure of the highest order! Here is where the thunder rumbles, ancient spirits stir and mini-golf reigns supreme. Treetop Adventure Golf is home to two excellent 18-hole indoor courses, the Tropical Trail and the Ancient Explorer courses. Afterwards grab some delicious handmade pizza, tropical cocktails and refreshments from the Clubhouse.

Only a short 6-minute walk from the hotel, Treetop Adventure Golf is open 7-days a week, with family tickets costing £30.75.

8. Escape Rooms Cardiff

6-minute walk from hotel

Are you ready to take on the ultimate challenge? Escape Rooms Cardiff have put together 6 excellent escape rooms, all featuring their very own immersive themes. This is a perfect place to enjoy some fun and challenging activities in Cardiff. In each game, you will be given an objective and you’ll need to find objects, codes and clues in the rooms to escape. Locked in a room and with 60 minutes on the clock, you will need to think quick, think smart and work fast as a team if you want to leave triumphant.

Trust us this is a brilliant day out and a great way to test your family’s teamwork abilities.

9. Day out at St Fagan’s

25-minute drive from hotel


St Fagan’s National History Museum is Wales’s most popular heritage attraction, located on the outskirts of the city, on the grounds of the beautiful St Fagan’s Castle and gardens, a 25-minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cardiff.

St Fagan’s is home to over 40 original buildings from different historic periods, which have been re-erected in the 100-acre parkland. Among them, houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and a splendid Workmen’s Institute.

Traditional crafts and activities still occur on St Fagan grounds today with their produce usually on sale to visitors. Livestock can also be found across the fields and farms with demonstrations of farming tasks taking place daily.

Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Our family-friendly hotel is located in the Heart of the city centre, making us the perfect base for exploring the most popular attractions and enjoying the best activities in Cardiff.

Keep the whole family entertained in your hotel room with complimentary WiFi and a flat-screen TV with a great choice of channels, while you unwind in the hotel fitness room or enjoy afternoon tea with a charming view of Cardiff city centre.

Make your family holiday one to remember by, staying in comfort at the Clayton Hotel Cardiff.

Executive room interior at Clayton Hotel Cardiff

Start planning your trip to Wales and book your perfect break at Clayton Hotel Cardiff.


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