Whether you’re planning a trip to the city or you already live in the Welsh capital, it’s good to have a decent list of Cardiff activities to keep you entertained. There are plenty of options in our top 10 Cardiff activities list below covering everything from family days out and weekends with your friends to stag dos, hen parties and birthdays.
Top 10 Cardiff Activities
Welsh Games - Cardiff's #1 Activity
When it comes to sheer unadulterated fun, there’s nothing quite like the experience that you can get from Welsh Games. From a bucking bronco sheep to water rides, gladiator style battles, dragon races and sumo suit wrestling, it’s got everything you need to make a hen party, stag do, birthday or corporate event a very memorable occasion.
TeamSport Go-Karting Cardiff covers a lot of bases, providing go-kart racing for large groups or small family parties. It’s got a new multi level 500 meter go-kart track for you to blitz around on and the 200CC karts mean that you can get up to 40mph and an average lap time of just 41 seconds. It’s based just outside the city centre, so it’s pretty easy to get to if you’re planning to do a few activities in Cardiff on the same day.
Think The Crystal Maze meets Krypton Factor and Cluedo and you’re not too far away from the general concept of Escape Rooms Cardiff. Essentially, you get trapped inside one of a number of themed rooms and you’ll have an hour to get out. You’ll need to find clues, solve puzzles and work out codes to make it out on time.
Treetop Adventure Golf
Based inside Cardiff’s Saint David’s shopping centre, Treetop Adventure Golf is a great activity that can last as little as 45-minutes or as long as you want with two different 18-hole courses to play. There’s Tropical Trail, which is designed like an Amazonian jungle and Ancient Explorer, which is styled like a trek through the Inca kingdom, so there’s a good amount of variation for return trips.
The National Museum of History at St Fagans is a great day out and while it is incredibly family friendly, there’s plenty to see and do for anyone. Admittedly it’s not going to be on anyone’s stag or hen do activity lists, but if you’re looking for something to do on the weekend then it’s an easy win. You can visit historical shops from the early 19th century, learn about roundhouses from the Iron Age and walk around the exceptional grounds of the museum, which are equal to any National Trust property.
National Museum Cardiff
With a great selection of permanent exhibitions that range from natural history to a stunning art collection, as well as a steady stream of special exhibitions, there’s plenty to see at the National Museum Cardiff. The Evolution of Wales galleries are worth the trip for all by themselves, taking you from dinosaurs and prehistory, right the way up to the modern day.
Cardiff International Pool
Cardiff International Pool is way more than just a place to go for a swim with its lazy river, jacuzzis and water park slides. It’s a great family activity and a lot of fun for friends with Cardiff Bay and the marina just around the corner, so it can easily be a part of a bigger day trip to the seafront side of Cardiff activities.
Cardiff International White Water
Also located close to Cardiff Bay is the International White Water Centre, where you can learn to take on the rapids on the incredible course that they have at the facility. Cardiff activities include canoeing, kayaking and white water river rafting for individuals, families and larger groups.
Boulders Indoor Climbing centre
Continuing with more action activities, Boulders is a great option if you want to flex your shoulder muscles and finger grip skills. It’s got a number of different walls to scale for all ages and abilities, so you can start out with easy climbs and work your way up to the trickier runs.
If you like your activities to be more spectator-based and you love to watch a little sport, there are plenty of Cardiff activities that tick these boxes. While there’s cricket at Sophia Gardens and football at Cardiff City Stadium, it’s the rugby that the Welsh capital is most renowned for.
Cardiff Blues games run from August to May at the Arms Park and there are international games at the millennium Stadium during autumn and for the Six Nations in February and March, so there’s a steady stream of opportunities to experience the great atmosphere that Cardiff has to offer.
Guest blog by Gerard Harris, editor of Tuppence Magazine