Cardiff getaways: activities for all the family


Cardiff may be a city and cities aren’t always the most entertaining places for young children but the capital of Wales is one of the few British exceptions. Wales as a nation is a place that just begs to be explored and it’s a magical place for children. It has one of the highest concentrations of castles of any country in the world, and castles are always fun for young children to explore at will; it has pristine sandy beaches, perfect for sand castle construction on a mega scale; there are mountains to bike down and walk up and a coastline that is calling out to surfers, windsurfers, kiters, kayakers and sailors of all ages. So it should come as no surprise it all gets off to a good start in the capital, Cardiff.

There are plenty of Cardiff hotels offering child-friendly facilities. Millennium Hotels’ Copthorne Hotel Cardiff is one of these family-friendly Cardiff hotels. Aside from offering convenient booking facilities making life easier for families, the hotel also offers childcare services, high chairs, children’s menus, costs and extra beds on request.

Cardiff is easy to negotiate on foot and there are plenty of green open spaces and picturesque coastal spots for picnic lunches and traditional fish and chips by the sea.

Some of the best activities are found right in the centre of this vibrant city. Cardiff Castle for instance is located in the middle of the capital. This historically significant, not to mention beautiful, castle contains more than 2,000 years worth of history locked up in a Roman Garrison, a Norman stronghold and Victorian decoration for example. Events are held throughout the year, often re-enacting times gone by. There are half-term events at the castle from 29-31 October; click the link for more information.

Cardiff CastleCardiff castle courtesy of Rob P

Also in Cardiff city, located at the modern waterfront development, is Techniquest. This is not a museum in its normal guise. There are hands-on exhibits, tests and experiments aimed a young children with a focus on science and technology.  It’s the UK’s longest established science centre and all the exhibits are created by science with the aim to engage and teach children about science in a fun and informal way.

Just outside the city there’s St Fagan’s – The Museum of Welsh Life; this is a open air heritage museum that is highly interactive. Actors take on roles of Welshmen from Celtic times through to the present day.

Further out still is Castle Coch. This Gothic fairytale castle is one of Wales more famous. It has been preserved in all its eccentric glory and is well worth the journey outside of Cardiff.

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