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Playgrounds in Cardiff

Playgrounds and parks are a fantastic way to keep the kids occupied, especially in the spring and summer months. So we thought, to make it easier for you, we would make a list of our top picks for the best playgrounds and play parks in and around Cardiff!

We've got a list of the best playgrounds in Cardiff, wherever you may be, so take a look where you can take the kids!

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Cardiff Bay Barrage

Location: Penarth

About: Cardiff Bay is the perfect playground for bikes and scooters as they hold a skate park as well as a large playground on a base of sand with beautiful views over the water. The playground itself is a great wooden-adventure for your litte ones to explore, with climbing frames, sand diggers, a ship wreck and more! Its the perfect park for your little ones to immerse themself in pretending to be pirates for the day!

Price: This playground is FREE

Age Suitability: Under 14's 

Address: Penarth Portway, Cardiff CF64 1TP

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Cosmeston Lakes Country Park

Location: Penarth

About: With more than 240 acres of land, even if you don't just visit for the playground, visiting here for the day will give you a day packed with fun! The playground here holds a good range of equipment for different ages – assorted climbing frames and swings for younger and older children, plus rotating swings and a wooden pirate ship. 

Price: This playground is FREE

Age Suitability: Under 12's

Address: Lavernock Road, Penarth, Glamorgan and Cardiff, CF64 5UY, Wales

Mountain View Ranch

Mountain View Ranch

Location: Tongwynlais

About: This wild west themed playground is one of the reasons why the ranch gets the amount of visitors it does on a day to day basis. The wooden house climbing frames sand play features slides wooden obstacle courses and a zip wire swings keep children entertained for hours. Along with a magical fairy forest, a campfire with marshmallow toasting, hobbit houses and Wales' only officially licensed Gruffalo Trail!

Price: 

  • Peak - £6.00
  • Off Peak - £4.00 
  • Under 2s - free

Age Suitability: Under 12's

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

Parc Play

Parc Play

Location: Grangetown

About: Here at Parc Play they have a huge indoor, outdoor and undercover play areas which make Parc perfect for all weather conditions. The indoor play area has a huge wooden castle and a climbing structure with slides; plus a dedicated toddler area. In the undercover part, there’s swings, and table football and in the outdoor section there’s a huge sand play area, an enormous slide, a zip wire, plus mud kitchens!

Price: 

  • Adults - £1.00 
  • Under 2's - £2.50
  • 2 - 3 year olds -  £4.50
  • 4 - 12 year olds -  £6.00

Age Suitability: Under 12's

Address: Unit 5, Curran Embankment, Grangetown, Cardiff, CF10 5DX

St Fagans National History Museum

St Fagans National History Museum

Location: St Fagans

About: The open air history museum is a brilliant day out, with a newly opened playground. Most of the equipment is based on historic buildings at the museum. The playground features rocks and a tree trunk to climb on, a sandy area with smaller roof-shaped climbing frames, a rope-netted climbing frame, plus swings. This is a perfect day out for the family!

Price: This playground is FREE

Age Suitability: Under 12's

Address: Michaelston Road, Cardiff CF5 6XB

Ponty Park

Ponty Park

Location: Pontypridd

About: This exciting adventure play area provides all the fun needed for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy a free great day out. It includes climbing frames and slides, a wooden train and a zip wire. They also have an area where they cater for the smaller children is on a sandy base, so if you plan ahead before and pack some buckets and spades, this can be a great idea.

Price: This playground is FREE

Age Suitabiity: Under 12's 

Address: Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd CF37 4PE

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Location: Cardiff

About: This vast play area has areas for younger and older children with climbing frames; a spinning bowl; a zip wire slide; a rotating rope climbing frame and more. In the summer months you can also visit the newly refurbished splash pad with sprays jets a tipping water bucket another water features spread across three zones for toddlers and older children.

Price: This playground is FREE

Age Suitability: Under 12's

Address: 422 Cowbridge Rd East, Cardiff, CF5 1JL

Roath Recreation Ground

Roath Recreation Ground

Location: Penylan

About: This playground is smaller and more manageable than the nearby Roath Park with a smaller slide and spider’s web climbing frame, as well as swings, a climbing frame and a few other smaller bits of equipment. This is perfect if you're looking for just an hour of fun with your little one and to get them out of the house for a little bit!

Price: This playground is FREE

Age Suitability: Under 8's

Address: Ninian Road, Penylan, Cardiff, CF23 5EE

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