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Ranked #1 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums

The National History Museum, St Fagans, still commonly referred to by its former title 'The Museum of Welsh Life', this is a fantastic 100 acre park on the edge of Cardiff filled... more »

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Ranked #2 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Tours
Owner description: The Millennium Stadium is the home of the Welsh national rugby team and hosted previous Rugby World Cups, Olympics events and... more » Owner description: The Millennium Stadium is the home of the Welsh national rugby team and hosted previous Rugby World Cups, Olympics events and international soccer games. Tours of the Millennium Stadium are available through out the week. « less
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Ranked #3 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
Owner description: Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre in Cardiff is a fantastic experience for the whole family guaranteed to pack your day with... more » Owner description: Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre in Cardiff is a fantastic experience for the whole family guaranteed to pack your day with adrenaline and adventure!Never climbed before? It doesn’t matter! NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. Under the guidance of qualified instructors, you will step outside of your comfort zone in a safe and controlled environment. All equipment is provided – just bring your spirit of adventure and a willingness to challenge yourself!Expertly trained instructors are on hand to guide you every step of the way and pitch you against climbs that are appropriate for you.With climbing walls that reach between 4 to 12 metres in height, Boulders is designed to cater for the most intrepid explorer, through to the more sedate traveller.Boulders offer climbing activities for all ages, including:Climbing classes for children, families, students and adultsClimbing Birthday partiesIntroduction to Climbing coursesChildren’s holiday activitiesStag and hen activitiesChildren under the age of 7 will have a blast playing in Pebbles, a climbing adventure play area at Boulders, which features everything from cargo nets with mouse holes, to junior climbing walls and perspex floors!After your vertical adventures, you can relax and contemplate your achievements in the cafe, which serves an adult and kids menu, from baked potatoes and freshly baked paninis, to smoothies and milkshakes, coffee and cakes.Parents are welcome to watch any of the climbing activities, or just relax for a well earned rest in the cafe. « less
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Ranked #4 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Welcome to Bute Park & Arboretum, an extensive area of mature parkland that forms the 'green heart' of Cardiff. The site is... more » Owner description: Welcome to Bute Park & Arboretum, an extensive area of mature parkland that forms the 'green heart' of Cardiff. The site is managed by Cardiff Council and is currently undergoing a major £5.6M restoration project supported by a £3.1M grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2009 which will restore some important historic features, provide new facilities and help tell the park's fascinating story. At 56 hectares (equivalent to 75 football pitches), Bute Park is one of the largest urban parks in Wales and comprises a broad mix of historic landscape, urban woodland, sports pitches, arboretum, horticultural features and river corridor. Bute Park offers something for everyone including the Bute Park Education Centre, 3 wonderful cafes, toilet facilities, a woodland balance trail, sculpture trail, fitness trail and a varied events programme. Easily accessible from the centre of Cardiff, Bute Park is listed along with Cardiff Castle as a Grade 1 historic designed landscape and contains the fascinating site of a former Blackfriars Friary which is a scheduled ancient monument. The magnificent Arboretum contains 41 Champion trees, the tallest or widest of their species in the UK or Ireland, which is more than any other public park in the UK. Along with the rest of the rare tree collection, the stunning Herbaceous Border, and the range of wildlife present, Bute Park and Arboretum is worth a visit all year round. « less
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Ranked #5 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. Five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and... more » Owner description: Witness one of Europe's finest art collections. Five hundred years of magnificent paintings, drawings, sculpture, silver and ceramics from Wales and across the world, including one of Europe's best collections of Impressionist art. The building also has galleries showing the diverse natural history of Wales, as well as a journey taking you through the Evolution of Wales from the very beginnings of time to the present day. « less
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Ranked #6 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Specialty Shops; Specialty Museums; Historic Walking Areas

Cardiff bay is the former docks area that has been transformed into one of Europe'a largest waterfront development with a freshwater lake, a barrage that separates the lake from... more »

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Ranked #7 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #8 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Castles; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Dams; Nature and Parks
This dam transformed Cardiff's landscape from unsightly, marshy mudflats to dry, fertile land surrounding a pretty lake.
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Ranked #10 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #11 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Starting in the Gallifrey Museum, take part in an interactive adventure with the Twelfth Doctor before stepping behind the... more » Owner description: Starting in the Gallifrey Museum, take part in an interactive adventure with the Twelfth Doctor before stepping behind the scenes of your adventure into the largest collection of props, costumes and sets from this iconic show. A must for Doctor Who fans of all ages. « less
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Ranked #12 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Castles; Landmarks

2000 years of history crammed into an eight acre site: Roman, Norman, Plantaganet and Victorian history.  The highlight is the guided tour of the main castle building and the... more »

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Ranked #13 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #14 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Science Museums; Museums
Interactive, hands-on exhibits make this science museum the perfect destination for families.
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Ranked #15 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
Owner description: Overlooking the Bay and with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes to relax.Just five minutes... more » Owner description: Overlooking the Bay and with a chic, cosmopolitan atmosphere, Mermaid Quay is where Cardiff comes to relax.Just five minutes from the city centre, it's the perfect destination for relaxing, partying or splashing out on a bit of retail therapy or personal pampering.The wealth of waterfront restaurants, cafes and bars with menus from around the world mean there's something for every taste and pocket - from a quick snack to a leisurely, luxury meal.And, if it's laughs you're after, there's nowhere better than the Glee Club - one of the UK's top stand-up venues.Meanwhile shops and services range from stylish boutiques offering hot fashions & accessories, fine foods, fabulous furnishings and great gifts to Ken Picton's award-winning hair dressing salon & spa. « less
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Ranked #16 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Museums
Owner description: In our fun, free and interactive galleries, discover how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s, to... more » Owner description: In our fun, free and interactive galleries, discover how Cardiff was transformed from the small market town of the 1300s, to one of the world's biggest ports in the 1900s, to the cool, cosmopolitan capital we know today. The museum, in the beautiful and historic Old Library building, is rich in stories, objects, photographs and film telling the history of Cardiff through the eyes of those who created the city – its people. « less
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Ranked #17 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Owner description: An eclectic mix of stalls selling everything from antiques to retro collectibles, hand painted furniture to hand crafted... more » Owner description: An eclectic mix of stalls selling everything from antiques to retro collectibles, hand painted furniture to hand crafted gifts. This lively, fun and friendly flea market is open three days a week and even has a cafe for when you need a break from all the shopping! Come and spend a few hours with us and see what treasures you can find. « less
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Ranked #18 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Sports Complexes; Landmarks
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Ranked #19 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Educational Sites; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
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Ranked #21 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Architectural Buildings; Landmarks
Owner description: The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people,... more » Owner description: The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales and holds the Welsh Government to account. « less
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Ranked #22 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #23 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Game/ Entertainment Centers; Farms
Owner description: Cefn Mably Farm Park is a huge all weather family farm attraction & softplay in one. Set in rolling countryside close between... more » Owner description: Cefn Mably Farm Park is a huge all weather family farm attraction & softplay in one. Set in rolling countryside close between Cardiff and Newport. We offer a unique mixture of farm animals and softplay areas - the ideal place for action packed days out with the kids, birthday parties, schools and groups. The park is designed for families with toddlers to teens. The fun begins as you enter the indoor soft play barn where the children can let off steam and you can relax using the free wifi with a coffee and a slice of home made cake on a comfy leather couch. Once you and the kids are worn out from feeding the animals on the farm and playing on the electric go-carts and real diggers. Then on the way home you can visit our new Farm Shop and Butchery called "Moody Sow Farm Shop" and pick up some good old fashioned 28 day matured steak for your tea and some home cured, home smoked bacon for your breakfast!!!. « less
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Ranked #24 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks

River Taff, Wales Info If you'd like to swim in the River Taff, click this link and scroll down a bit to Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil or Rhondda Cynon Taff to find some known, safe and... more »

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Ranked #25 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Parks; Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails; Tours; Specialty Museums
Heritage attraction depicting coal mining and social life of Rhondda and South Wales.
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Ranked #26 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Art Galleries; Concerts; Symphonies
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Ranked #27 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Religious Sites; Bodies of Water; Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #28 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Museums
Owner description: World of Boats is a new attraction on the Waterfront at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay featuring a unique collection of boats... more » Owner description: World of Boats is a new attraction on the Waterfront at Porth Teigr in Cardiff Bay featuring a unique collection of boats from around the globe. It takes you on a journey through history, showing the evolution of boats from earliest times to the present day. Using hi-tech displays and showcasing original crafts, World of Boats highlights the key developments and skills that keep craft afloat. Interactive activities coupled with fascinating displays mean that there's plenty for the whole family to 'Sea, Discover and Explore at World of Boats!' There are over 40 historic boats on display, from primitive dug outs and reed boats to current examples of familiar vessels. All are representative in the story of boats and their increasing importance in our daily lives. Many of these boats are unique, as the last surviving example of their kind anywhere in the world, drawn from the Charity EISCA's collection of over 400 vessels - the UK's largest collection of historic craft. Try the Look Out Cafe Bar, where you can relax and view an unparalleled view across Cardiff Bay, whilst enjoying a wide range of refreshments and snacks. World of Boats is located right next to the Doctor Who Experience. Explore the Boat Lab where you can learn the fundamentals of boat design, whilst seeing current restoration techniques undertaken by skilled craftsmen. See the 70 foot, 18th Century Topsail Schooner, the Elena Maria Barbara being lovingly brought back to seaworthy condition. World of Boats is open every day from 11.00 a.m. Kids under 16 go free with every paying adult! Extensive car parking is available in Cardiff Bay, with plenty of rail and bus links, including the Cardiff Bus Bay Car No.6 « less
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Ranked #29 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Ships; Landmarks
Owner description: Step back into History for a Unique Maritime Experience – ideal for a Family Visit. The Lightship is open everyday. See... more » Owner description: Step back into History for a Unique Maritime Experience – ideal for a Family Visit. The Lightship is open everyday. See unparalleled views of Cardiff Bay from the Light Tower. Relax on the Helideck, with refreshments from our Galley. « less
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Ranked #30 of 76 attractions in Cardiff
Category: Government Buildings; Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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