It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a weekend away or activities to keep the kids occupied over the school holidays, finding days out that’ll keep everyone in the family entertained can be hit-or-miss. Throw a few different age brackets into the mix and it can become a minefield…
When it comes to cities, Bath and Cardiff are both on the smaller end of the scale but don’t let that fool you into thinking that they’re lacking in places to go and things to see. Both cities are rich in history and big on fun so, wherever you find yourself, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is trying to fit it all in.
Whether you’re in Wales looking for some Cardiff activities, over the Severn Bridge looking for Bath activities or somewhere in between, there are plenty of brilliant things to do and places to see. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites…
The Roman Baths and Museum, Bath
If you find yourself needing to keep curious minds entertained, The Roman Baths should be at the top of your list. It’s a history lesson in disguise (we won’t tell them if you won’t!) full of fascinating facts from both the Romans themselves (in character!) and through audio tours designed just for young visitors. Pushchairs and prams do need to be left at the entrance if you have toddlers in tow but, to keep it accessible for the whole family, there are backpack-style baby carriers available to borrow.
The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath
The Little Theatre Cinema is a brilliant back up for when rain scuppers your plans but we think this one is worth a visit whatever the weather. Many of its original 1930s features are still there today, providing a fascinating look at how cinemas used to be. There’s regular showings of family favourites through ‘The Little Theatre’ and ‘Kids Club’ screenings and new parents are catered for, too. Their ‘Big Scream’ showings screen films with the volume a little lower so that babies can come along too. Perfect if you can’t find a babysitter!
Spy Mission Treasure Trails, Bath and Cardiff
Telling the kids you’re taking them on a sightseeing tour is likely to be met with moans, groans and dragged heels. We think they’ll be a little bit more enthusiastic to take on their very own spy mission though. The Spy Mission Treasure Trails will take you on a tour of each city with clues hidden on buildings and monuments and amongst stunning scenery in parks and gardens. Grown-ups will get to appreciate all the cultural highlights and younger visitors will leave wanting to be the next James Bond and blissfully unaware that they’ve been on a sightseeing tour!
Mountain View Ranch, Cardiff
Even if you’ve got children in different age groups, you won’t go far wrong with visit to Mountain View Ranch. Older children will be in their element as they take on the high ropes course and Segway circuit or, if high-octane isn’t high on your list of requirements (grown-ups, we’re looking at you), there’s a more relaxing nine-hole golf course to make your way around. Younger guests are catered for brilliantly, too, with a whole host of activities including the chance to meet their favourite characters on a guided tour of the Gruffalo trail.
St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff
St Fagans is one of the best open-air museums in Europe and is a must-visit if you’re anywhere near Cardiff. The museum itself is a collection of over 40 historical buildings that allow you to quite literally walk through Welsh history. Inside the buildings, you’ll find a variety of traditional crafts and activities taking place. There’s a blacksmith, ironmonger and even a clog maker working on site. Many of the craftsmen sell the goods they produce too so, if anyone’s in the market for new school shoes, you’ve come to the right place!
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