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Cardiff's top attractions for all the family to enjoy

Here's our round-up of the best things to do while visiting the Welsh capital.

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Cardiff International Pool Olympian Drive, Cardiff Bay CF11 0JS Looking for fun activities for the family while visiting the city? Head to Cardiff International Pool and splash around in the fun packed Leisure Pool complete with slides, spacebowl and lazy river. Plus the fantastic ’beach’ area and toddler slide is perfect for the little swimmers too. Why not finish off your visit with a coffee and delicious stone baked pizza or toasted sandwich from the cafe. Spaces are limited and booking is required, so head over to the website today to secure your space.

The National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park, Cardiff CF5 6XB Located in the heart of the Welsh capital, visitors to The National Museum Cardiff can explore exhibits on Welsh natural history, archaeology, and geology, as well as peruse the museum’s collection of fine art, featuring works by renowned Welsh artists such as Richard Wilson and Gwen John. With plenty of interactive exhibits and guided tours available, the National Museum Cardiff is an educational and enriching place to spend a day out.

BBC Wales Studio Tours 3 Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FT The BBC Wales Studio Tours offer visitors a unique behind-the-scenes experience where you can explore the inner workings of the UK’s most iconic broadcaster. The 90 minute tour provides a fascinating insight into the art of television production and you’ll even get the chance to try your hand at presenting the news or weather in front of a live camera. See one of the largest BBC newsrooms, packed with cutting-edge technology including augmented and virtual reality and robotic cameras.

St Fagans National Museum of History Cardiff CF5 6XB St Fagans National Museum of History is a one-of-a-kind attraction that offers visitors a glimpse into Wales’ past. This open-air museum is situated in stunning countryside and features 40 original, dismantled buildings that were reconstructed on the grounds. The buildings are from different time periods and regions across Wales, including farms, chapels and a pub. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in traditional Welsh culture by watching live demonstrations of blacksmithing, weaving, and baking.

Cardiff Castle Caste Street, Cardiff CF10 3RB Cardiff Castle is a Norman marcher stronghold, founded by William the Conqueror himself, and built on the site of a Roman fort dating from the 1st-century AD, parts of which were reconstructed in the 20th-century. However, the Castle is most famous for its incredible Victorian apartments, designed by William Burges for the wealthy 3rd Marquess of Bute. Both men were fascinated by medieval history and little expense was spared in realising their neo-Gothic vision of the past. Today, Cardiff Castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Wales, with a unique opportunity to explore almost 2000 years of incredible history all in one place. Treetops Adventure Golf Level P3 St David’s Dewi Sant, Cardiff CF10 2EL Welcome to the jungle. Here, you’ll trek wondrous terrain in our two indoor 18-hole mini golf courses — dodging ancient spirits and discovering lively locals along the way. And once your appetite for adventure is fulfilled, delve into the magic of the Amazon’s best bars and bites. Early Bird players can play two courses for the price of one when teeing off before 1pm (Mon-Fri) and before midday (Sun). Techniquest Stuart Street, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5BW Techniquest’s mission is to embed science in Welsh culture through interactive engagement, with hands on exhibits that engage and interact with every visitor big or small. Techniquest has over 100 exhibits for everyone in the family to enjoy and many of these are geared towards older children, teenagers and adults too. With new areas such as the Chemistry zone where you can make your own virtual compounds using the touch-screen periodic table, create your own digital fireworks, learn about molecules in motion, find out how the bimetal bloom unfolds, shape a water-droplet, peer into a microscopic world – and lots more. We have previously sold programmes and exhibits to science centres all over the world. Escape Rooms Cardiff 119 St Mary Street, Cardiff, CF10 DY For those who love a hands-on puzzle, then an escape room is for you. Escape Rooms Cardiff is based at the centre of Cardiff and walking distance for those visiting the capital. Start off by choosing your team or teams of up to 6 people per room, now select your theme from the 6 immersive game rooms. Next you’ll be given the objective and you’ll need to find objects, codes and clues in the rooms to solve the puzzle and get out within the hour. With 60 minutes on the clock, you’ll need to think quick, think smart and work as a team if you want to make it out in time.

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