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Family Days Out Within an Hour of Cardiff

Spending time as a family is important, and what better opportunity to explore the array of farms, wildlife parks, historical sites and country estates around the South Wales?

Let us talk you through some of our favourite family days out within an hour of Cardiff including the activities for families on-site, prices, how to get there, opening timesand accessability! 

National Diving & Activity Centre

National Diving & Activity Centre

Distance from Cardiff: 41 minutes by car (33.5 miles) via the M4

About: This brilliant activity centre, located in Chepstow is the perfect family, fun day out filled with plenty of activities to keep you all entertained. There is something for everyone here! You can venture to the depths of the quarry in a fun-filled scuba experience or zip across the Wire which is one of the UK's longest, tallest and fastest zip slides! They also offer kayaking, a giant 3G swing, drive-in cinema and bungee jumps!

Price: Dependant on the activity you do, find out more on their website, HERE!

Address: Tidenham, Chepstow NP16 7LH

Opening times: Thursday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm | Saturday - Sunday 8.00am - 5.00pm

Parking: There is on site parking.

Telephone: 01291 630046

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Cefn Mably Farm Park

Cefn Mably Farm Park

Distance from Cardiff: 21 minutes by car (10 miles) via Eastern Ave/A48

About: Cefn Mably Farm Park is a huge all weather family farm attraction & soft play in one. Set in rolling countryside close between Cardiff and Newport. They offer a unique mixture of farm animals and soft play areas - the ideal place for action packed days out with the kids, birthday parties, schools, and groups.


  • Term Time Weekdays - £5.00
  • Non-term time & Weekends - £7.00
  • Family of 4 - £26.00
  • Party Extra Person - £5.50

Address: Began Rd, Cardiff CF3 6XL

Opening times: Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Parking: There is parking on site.

Telephone: 01633 680312 

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Mountain View Ranch

Mountain View Ranch

Distance from Cardiff: 19 minutes by car (6.1 miles) via the A470

About: There's something new to discover around every corner, whether it's a tree house, a magical fairy forest, a campfire with marshmallow toasting or a hobbit house. The ranch also hosts Wales' only officially licensed Gruffalo Trail, plus over 100 acres of wild, outdoor, free range fun for the whole family! 


  • Peak times - £6.00
  • Off Peak times - £4.00

Address: Heol Penybryn, Blaengwynlais, Cardiff, CF83 1NG

Opening times: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm | Saturday and Sundays 9.30am - 5.00pm

Parking: They have on-site parking.

Telephone: 02920 88 66 66

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Greenmeadow Community Farm

Greenmeadow Community Farm

Distance from Cardiff: 31 minutes by car (19.2 miles) via Eastern Ave/A48

About: If your little ones are animal lovers, then this is the perfect family outing for them and what a bonus, that its luckily not too long of a car journey! They can ho and learn about farming life as well as see traditional farmyard animals like cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, you will find Shetland ponies, chickens, rabbits, mice, bees and even feral cats.


  • Adults - £.6.50 
  • Children (Under 16) - £5.40

Address: Greenforge Way, Cwmbran, Monmouthshire and Gwent, NP44 5AJ

Opening times: Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Parking: There is on-site parking available.

Telephone: 01633 647662

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Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Distance from Cardiff: 24 minutes by car (7.4 miles) via A470

About: Caerphilly is Wales’ largest castle and was built in medieval times to help secure Henry III’s power in South Wales. Kids will enjoy exploring the castle in which they can play princes and princesses to their hearts’ content. This is a perfect family day out for you to teach your little ones the history behind the castle and make a weekend trip an educational one!


  • Adult - £8.00
  • Family - £22.30
  • Disabled and companion - FREE
  • Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £4.80
  • Seniors (Aged 65+) - £6.40
  • Under 5's - FREE

Address: Caerphilly Castle, Castle St, Caerphilly CF83 1JD

Opening times: Wednesday - Sunday 10.00am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 5.00pm 

Parking: There are both short and long stay pay and display car parks available.

Telephone: 02920 883143

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Barry Island Pleasure Park

Barry Island Pleasure Park

Distance from Cardiff: 34 minutes by car (10.9 miles) via the A4055

About: Barry Island Pleasure Park offers a great family thrill right alongside the terrific Whitmore bay beach's natural treasures, boasting 7 thrilling new rides including classics like the dodgems and the waltzers, plus another 6 which are just for small kids. These include teacup ride, trampolines, mini coaster, paratrooper, fun house, mirror maze, swinging chairs, pony ride and blow up slide!


  • 1 token: £0.80
  • 7 tokens: £5.00
  • 30 tokens: £20.00
  • 50 tokens: £33.00

Address: Friars Road, Barry Island, Glamorgan and Cardiff, CF62 5TR, Wales

Opening times: Monday to Sunday 11:00am - 20:00pm

Parking: There is on-site parking: 2 hours: £2.00 or All Day: £5.00

Telephone: 01446 732844

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