Cardiff Family Fun Self-guided Tour, Cardiff (Self Guided)

Cardiff is a vibrant city and a popular tourist destination with lots of interesting places for children and their parents see and visit. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the best family fun attractions Cardiff can offer such as fascinating Techniquest science museum and workshop, Hollywood Bowl games entertainment, Wharf water-front picnic pub and many more.
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Cardiff Family Fun Self-guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Cardiff Family Fun Self-guided Tour
Guide Location: Wales » Cardiff (See other walking tours in Cardiff)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: Nick

1) Techniquest (must see)

Techniquest is a large science center containing interactive exhibitions. Visitors can conduct their own experiments and other hands-on activities in specially designed Discovery Room, enjoy the exciting presentations in Science Theatre and observe the breathtaking views in the planetarium. Techniquest is a great cultural venue for all the family.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm (during school holidays); Tuesday - Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (during school term)
Hollywood Bowl

2) Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl bowling club is a popular recreational venue that offers an exciting family fun experience. Lightweight balls, ramps and bumpers are available here for small kids. Check out the club’s café to buy a tasty meal, cakes and milkshakes and gamers area packed with games for all ages.
The Wharf

3) The Wharf

The Wharf is a large water-front restaurant-bar settled in a big Victorian brick and glass building. There are family picnic tables installed and children area. Take a break from the busy city life and enjoy some delicious food, stunning river views, along with occasional entertainment such as live music and stand up comedy, while having your kids exploring a lovely children playground area.
Forbidden Planet

4) Forbidden Planet

If your kid is drawing spacecrafts and super heroes then you know he or she will love Forbidden Planet. It is a fantastic shop one can browse for hours. It sells huge collections of Science Fiction and Fantasy comics and books, DVDs, action man figures and other Sci Fi themed memorabilia. Decorations such as Star Wars human size characters’ statues give the shop an authentic tone and an exhibition-like atmosphere.

Operation Hours: Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 10 am - 5:30 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 6:30 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
Cardiff Castle

5) Cardiff Castle (must see)

Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian architecture Gothic revival mansion, transformed from a Norman keep erected over a Roman fort in the Castle Quarter of Cardiff. In 1947, the Bute South Wales estates having all been sold, the castle, and surrounding park, was gifted to the City of Cardiff by the fifth Marquis. It is now a popular tourist attraction, and houses a regimental museum in addition to the ruins of the old castle and the Victorian reconstruction. It sits in the expansive grounds of Bute Park.

The castle has hosted a number of rock concerts and performances and has the capacity to accommodate over 10,000 people. Notable concerts include the Stereophonics's Live at Cardiff Castle in June 1998 and Green Day in 2002. Tom Jones performed here before a large crowd in 2001. In 1948 a crowd of 16,000, a record for a British baseball game, watched Wales defeat England in Cardiff Castle grounds. During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s the castle was the setting for a military tattoo to rival that of Edinburgh, the floodlit keep providing a spectacular backdrop. Currently, Cardiff Castle plays host to Cardiff University's Summer Ball each year, and is the site of Wales's largest Mardi Gras held every August.

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Bute Park

6) Bute Park (must see)

Bute Park in Cardiff, Wales, is an extensive area of mature parkland easily accessible from the city center. Flanked by the River Taff, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Cardiff Castle, Bute Park is a very popular 'green lung' full of historic and wildlife interest. Few cities have such a spacious green area in the heart of their city. The Taff Trail can be accessed at the northern end of Blackweir Fields. A water bus stop is located adjacent to Canton Bridge at the southern end of the park offering trips to Cardiff Bay, Penarth and the barrage.

Walking Tours in Cardiff, Wales

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Create Your Own Walk in Cardiff

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cardiff is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Architectural Jewels of Cardiff

Architectural Jewels of Cardiff

Old and new architecture beautifully combine together to create that unique and vibrant landscape of Cardiff. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the city's most prominent landmark buildings such as the University building, City Hall, Millennium Stadium and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Religious Tour in Cardiff

Religious Tour in Cardiff

The long and rich history of Wales is reflected by the presence of beautiful religious buildings. Cathedrals and churches had always dominated the architectural landscape of Britain. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beautiful places of worship.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Museums and Galleries Walk in Cardiff

Museums and Galleries Walk in Cardiff

The capital of Wales Cardiff offers a unique cultural experience for art lovers and people who are passionate about archaeology and history. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover the fascinating world of Wales National Museum, glorious expressions of Welsh Soldier military museum and many lovely visual art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Walking Tour Around Cathays Park

Walking Tour Around Cathays Park

Cathays Park, also known as Cardiff Civic Centre, is the core of the Welsh Capital city. Central park area of Alexandra Gardens park is surrounded by late 19th century's stunning construction including Cardiff City Hall, Temple of Peace, Cardiff University and National Museum of Wales. Take this self-guided walking tour to discover Cardiff's most beloved landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Cardiff Shopping Tour

Cardiff Shopping Tour

The coal-mining capital of Britain, Cardiff offers an exciting shopping opportunity in many state-of-the-art shopping centres like St.David's or Capitol. Along with modern shopping arcades, the busy Cardiff streets are packed with lovely, small specialty shops and galleries. Take this walking tour to discover some of Cardiff's best shopping spots.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Cardiff Daily Life Tour

Cardiff Daily Life Tour

Cardiff is a vibrant and diverse city with a strong British tradition and community feel. Take this self-guided walking tour to feel the local lifestyle and explore the city's most frequently visited places such as Central Market, Queen Street and Gorsedd Gardens.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cardiff for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cardiff has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cardiff, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.