Today’s ‘Five free things to do in Cardiff’ post is the third in my series about free things to do around the UK as a family.
Today’s post is from the Claire who blogs over at Money Saving Central who’s very kindly put together her favourite free things to do in Cardiff as it’s not somewhere that I’ve ever been and I do really want to share posts from as many different towns or cites from across the UK.
Five Free Things to do in Cardiff
The National Museum is a free, public museum and art gallery based in the heart of Cardiff in Wales where you can discover Welsh history.
There’s a natural history section where you can learn all about animals, as well as art and ceramic galleries, and the popular dinosaur area which the kids love.
There are loads of free events during the summer holidays which makes the Museum a popular choice for a free day out. Facilities include a small cafe and toilets on site.
St Fagans National History Museum
St Fagans open-air museum brings to life the history of Wales. Showcasing historic buildings relocated from across Wales, including a farm, a tannery, Victorian school, mills and a chapel.
There’s a fantastic park to keep the kids busy. Facilities include an onsite gift shop, toilets, ice cream stand, restaurant and picnic areas. St Fagans hosts plenty of really good free events during the summer season and half terms.
Entry is free although there is a £3 charge for car parking.
One of the best parks in Cardiff is grade 2 listed ‘Victoria park’. It has a large children’s play area and splash pad, which opens May – September.
At the north side of the park there are free basketball and tennis courts, and a 5-a-side football astroturf field. There is a refreshment kiosk open all year round and toilets with baby changing facilities.
Another fantastic park in the heart of Cardiff is Roath Park. Famous for its beautiful lake, you can feed the ducks and swans, or even hire a boat.
The park is perfect for a picnic with plenty of picnic benches dotted around its beautifully maintained gardens. Don’t forget to check out the huge park with its famous silver slide. There’s toilet facilities, a cafe and an ice cream van on site.
Cardiff Bay Barrage
Stretching 1k along Cardiff Bay is the barrage, it’s the perfect place to take the kids on their bikes and scooters as there’s a great scenic walk with educational trails and information points which provide an insight into the history of the Bay.
At the central location is a children’s pirate-themed sand park, a fantastic skate park and an outdoor gym, there’s also a nice ice cream stand that serves hot food and toilet facilities. There are often free live shows/bands and events on, where you can pitch up a seat on the huge green area, watch the watersports, have a picnic, let the kids run free and listen to the songs.
(Also, if you live in Cardiff you can get a Free Castle Key which is free entrance to Cardiff Castle and grounds – there’s an admin fee at the moment of £6.75 per key but it lasts three years so worth it if you’ll visit a couple of times)
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