Last week we hopped on a train and had a three day mini break in Cardiff.
We were all looking forward to revisiting the city that held some lovely memories from our childhood.
Now though, we were also hoping to start some for our toddler.
Here is what we did during our three day trip in Cardiff with a toddler!
If you arrive just after lunch (like we did) head over to Cardiff Castle for a lovely way to spend the afternoon. After a quick stop inside the children’s dressing up and puppet area (my son could have stayed here for hours!) we walked along the battlement. The views from here of the castle grounds are beautiful. You can then explore the war time tunnels complete with the sound of the BBC radio broadcasts of the time. For those who are good with heights, the keep is great to explore. There is also the interesting manor house on site – with some truly breathtaking rooms!
For dinner we stayed local to our hotel (which was the handy located Hilton) and went to the Harvester in Church Street. The lovely friendly staff made us all feel very welcome and gave my son a freshly blown up balloon (much to his delight). The food was nice – and what was particularly good was that my toddler’s food came at the perfect temperature for him so he could eat it straight away!
It was a little drizzly on the second day of our trip so we decided to head over to the National Museum Cardiff, after a quick breakfast at the Prince of Wales Wetherspoons. The museum is a brilliant place for a toddler (and older children). He loved exploring all the different exhibits and it was great that we could get so close to everything. The big hits were the dinosaurs and the stuffed animals! The discovery centre is also great – lots of topic boxes for children to explore (filled with puzzles, books and different activities).
After a tasty lunch in the M&S cafe we did a bit of window shopping – there is a great selection of high street shops as well as more independent shops in the many arcades around the city.
For dinner we chose the Rum Bar and Cantina. This was a great choice! Initially we weren’t sure if it would cater for our son, but it was perfect. Lots of space as we were eating quite early, a tasty children’s menu and when the band arrived at 7 he was mesmerised by the trumpet player!
After a morning swim at the pool in the Hilton (great way to start a day) we crossed the road to try Browns for breakfast. Would definitely recommend! We had the traditional breakfast and it was delicious. My toddler had the porridge (which I helped him finish!). The staff were lovely – gave my son some colouring to do and offered to turn it into a place mat for us!
We then headed over to Techniquest for the final day of our holiday. We had a lovely morning here – my toddler looked on in awe as we stepped in to the big open room filled with different things to explore! His favourite was the ‘magic table’ (as he described it!) and the different ball related experiments! My husband had as much fun as my son – so definitely a trip for the whole family!
It was nearly the end of our trip, so to keep us going for our train journey home, we popped into Strada at the Mermaid Quay for lunch. Food was lovely (as we’ve come to expect from Strada!) and we had fun making a car out of the Little Strada menu. All very family friendly!
Thank you Cardiff – we had a lovely trip away! Look forward to coming back soon…