If you’re looking for the best things to do in Cardiff that are indoors then I’d like to assume that you’ve discovered that it’s not always sunny and you’re looking for somewhere to visit when it’s raining outdoors. Then look no further, in no particular order we’re going to talk about the best indoor things to do in Cardiff.
Cardiff being a decent size city does have a lot of attractions on offer, this means there’s a lot to do! The weather doesn’t always have to determine what kind of things you do, but we’ll look at our favorite things to do in Cardiff when it rains. From great places to eat, quaint buildings to explore, gorgeous shopping arcades to live performances and hands on scientific experiments, we’ll have that covered for you here in our guide of the best indoor things to do in Cardiff.
Our list of the best indoor things to do in Cardiff has been curated in no particular order.
National Museum Cardiff
The National Museum Cardiff scores high on our list of the best indoor things to do in Cardiff. The National Museum hosts one of Europe’s finest art collections along with an excellent natural history exhibition, the National museum is a great day out. There’s ample parking around the museum on the “red roads”, but they are all pay and display so just make sure that you get your parking ticket!
Entrance is free to the National Museum but certain exhibits may have an entrance fee. There’s always great exhibitions going on at a the National Museum so it’s worth checking what’s on before you do, you might want to check out one of the exhibitions. You can find out what’s on at the National Museum at their website
Take a shopping trip though time
Cardiff is home to three outstanding Edwardian and Victorian shopping arcades, all located very close to Cardiff Castle. The arcades are called Castle Arcade, High street Arcade and Duke Street Arcade. Since opening in 1885 The shopping arcades have been home to some of the most interesting and popular shops in Cardiff.
The arcades are in excellent condition and we strongly recommend visiting, stop and simply look up and around whilst you’re there, the architecture is mesmerizing.
You’ll find the arcades full of small independent businesses selling unique items and even local produce to eat.
Hands on science at Techniquest
Techniquest is one of my all time favorite places to visit, this is most likely because of school trips and the fun I can remember having there!
Situated in the heart of Cardiff bay Techniquest is a hands on educational science center which runs all year round, with many exhibits for you try out. Spread over two floors of exhibits embedding science in a Welsh culture though interactive engagement. It’s well worth a visit, you won’t be disappointied!
Explore the Marvel universe at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N
The Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is a relatively new exhibition placed in The Hayes Shopping center.
You will enter the Marvel Universe though an interactive exhibition learning about the history, science, engineering, genetics, technologies and profiles of some of the most loved super heroes from the marvel universe.
Upon entering the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N you will embark on a mission where you become a S.T.A.T.I.O.N agent, you must work your way through the exhibition building profiles of the much loved super heroes, learning about their weapons, uniforms and much more!
Tickets are required, so make sure you book in advance. There’s plenty of parking in the nearby John Lewis or St Davids car parks.
Fancy a spot of bowling
If you’re looking for something fun to do with a group of people, why not have a few bowling games. Hollywood bowl in the Red Dragon Centre has everything for the perfect game. Hollywood Bowl frequently has offers you can take full advantage of so be sure to book in advance after checking our their latest offers.
There’s plenty of Car Parking available and parking can be validated when you leave. The Red Dragon Centre is across the road from the Cardiff Bay train station and there are multiple bus routes stopping outside of the complex.
Check out a movie that wont break the bank
If like me you don’t go to the cinema very much any more due to extortionate pricing and really expensive snacks, there’s a cinema in Cardiff which you can enjoy the blockbusters and even classic films for rock bottom prices.
Premiere Cinema offers the very best value for the big screen experience.
Explore the Cathedral in Llandaff
Llandaff Cathedral boasts a history starting from the sixth century with three major upheavals and restorations. The most recent being a devastation during World War 2, Llandaff cathedral was the second most destroyed Cathedral in the UK, after Coventry.
The Cathedral is open to visitors from 9am except Sunday where it’s open from 7am. Guidebooks and guided tours are available but need to be arranged beforehand.
Take a guided tour around the Principality Stadium
Why not take a tour of The Principality stadium where you’ll experience what it takes to run a large stadium from behind the scenes. You’ll get to explore parts of the Principality Stadium that’s usually off limits, this includes the locker rooms and the press areas.
This is a unique experience and most certainly worth visiting. Just make sure that there’s no events on when you’re hoping to take the tour and make sure that you book well in advance as this is very popular and spaces are limited.
Indoor crazy golf
Treetop Adventure Golf in Cardiff offers a unique golfing experience, travel from busy shopping centre to a crazy golf course in a jungle in a matter of moments. Treetop Adventure Golf is saturated within the St Davids 2 shopping centre with plenty of parking in the adjacent car parks. Open every day, just turn up and play!
This guide of the best indoor things to do in Cardiff is going to be kept updated, if you’ve got any suggestions for something new to add, please feel free to get in touch with us using our contact form.