Did you know that, officially, Cardiff is the wettest city in the UK? Annually, the capital of Wales has roughly 1152mm of rainfall. That is a lot of rain. Mind you, being from the north west of Ireland, it still doesn’t feel like it rains half as much in Cardiff as it does back home.
The majority of people stay at home when it rains but I think it’s an ideal time to go out into the city and experience things that they might not do if the sun is shining. And there are a lot of indoor activities that Cardiff has to offer. So, I’ve put together a list of my top 10 things to do in Cardiff when the heavens have decided to open.
Visit the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
The National Museum Cardiff is fascinating to wander around. You can learn about dinosaurs and other animals in the natural history section or how about seeing how Wales has evolved from the beginning of time until now.
They also host touring exhibitions and have one of the finest art collections in Europe. There really is something for everyone at the National Museum Cardiff.
Enjoy the entertainment complexes
There are two major entertainment complexes in Cardiff – Stadium Plaza and the Red Dragon Centre. Both complexes house a cinema, a bowling alley and arcade. A bonus for Stadium Plaza is that it is located in the city centre and there is also an opportunity to play a round of Laser Tag which is always good fun.
The Red Dragon Centre is the larger of the two and is located in Cardiff Bay. It is also home of Capital FM Wales and you can sometimes have a peek into one of the studios that is visible from the inside of the centre. The Red Dragon Centre also boasts a casino, a gym and a plethora of restaurants and bars.
Fly the TARDIS at the Doctor Who Experience
Staying in the Cardiff Bay area, the Doctor Who Experience is a must see for any fans of The Doctor. It has an interactive adventure where you can learn to fly the Tardis and is fun for the whole family.
There is also a large museum which displays many of the costumes and props from the series as well as shows you some behind the scenes extras that will give you an insight as to how the show is created.
Bounce about at GoAir Trampoline Park
GoAir provide a long list of activities for all ages. They hold open jump sessions for people of all levels as well as training in trampolining proficiency. They run parent and toddler groups to introduce them to trampolining and also run fitness classes for those interested.
If you ever find yourself bored on a Friday or Saturday night? Head down to GoAir from 7pm – 9pm for their GoDJ night when the lights go down and the laser lights are brought out for a night of after dark bouncing.
Test your mind skills at Escape Rooms Cardiff
With four themed escape rooms to choose from, Escape Rooms Cardiff is a thrilling way to spend a day. The idea is that you work together, usually in a team of 2-6, to find hidden clues and solve puzzles in order to escape the room before your time runs out. Each game lasts one hour and the rooms cater for all ages and occasions.
Play golf at Treetop Adventure Golf
Situated on the top floor of the St David’s Shopping Centre car park, Treetop Adventure Golf is a great way to relax after a long day shopping in the centre.There are two courses you can play with each consisting of nine holes. There’s even a chance to win your next game free if you can conquer the 19th hole.
Climb high at Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre
Ever wanted to try a climbing wall? Boulders has climbing walls for all levels of ability. They provide courses to teach you how to climb as well as one off taster sessions so you can find out if it’s your thing or not.
There is a soft play centre for the younger kids and Boulders also facilitates for kids birthday parties. All in all, a great day out.
Immerse yourself in history at The Cardiff Story.
Situated in The Old Library on the Hayes, The Cardiff Story tells the story of the history of Cardiff and how it was created.It uses fun, interactive galleries to tell each story and it a great way for residents to learn about the city.
The Cardiff Story is great for school trips and you’ll often see kids lined up outside excited to go into the museum.
Take a dive at Cardiff International Pool
Whether you want a full on swimming session or a fun day out with the kids, the Cardiff International Pool is the place to go.
Their 50m Olympic pool is perfect for adults who are looking to get their exercise in for the day and the leisure pool complete with water slides will keep the kids entertained all day.
Techniquest is a great place for people of all ages, not just children, to learn all about science in a fun and interactive way. They host specific events and themed days and even have an adults only night.It is a very popular venue to host birthday parties as it is such a fun day out for all the family.
If you have any more activities for a rainy day, share them in the comments section.