Family Fun Cardiff Walks From The Exchange Hotel

Family Fun Cardiff Walks from The Exchange Hotel

Forest Farm Country Park - Cardiff walks

Get yourself and the family outdoors during your break at The Exchange Hotel and chose one of these amazing Cardiff walks that will show you a different side to the vibrant capital city.

These Cardiff walks are perfect any time of the year, come rain or shine, whatever the season. Time to take the family outdoors and get yourselves back to nature when staying at The Exchange Hotel.

Taff Trail

Winding down from the beautiful Brecon Beacons and through the city centre of Cardiff is the River Taff.

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Once sourcing the city with coal from the valleys, the River Taff played an important part in sustaining the city of Cardiff in the days of the thriving coal trade.

Now the River flows through urban areas, countryside and is kept mainly traffic free to allow cyclists and walkers to pass up and down the stretch and enjoy the River Taff in all its glory.

See how far you and your family can get up and down the river and what wonderful wildlife and scenery you can spot along the way.

Amelia Trust Farm

A charitable organisation that focuses on assisting those who need it, Amelia Trust Farm is a great place to visit with the family and one of the best Cardiff walks to take on any time of year.

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The woodland trails span over 28 acres of land and educate visitors on the vast array of wildlife that thrives in different landscapes.

Kids can enjoy the animal trials, spotting teddy bears along the way and meet sheep, alpacas and curious donkeys.

Or for something a little more magical the Gnome and Fairy trail involves tracking down the crafty creatures in and amongst the wild woodland.

Barry Island

For years and years, Barry Island has been a favourite hot spot in summer for the residents and visitors of Cardiff.

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The stunning beaches and surrounding gardens make for one of the most marvellous Cardiff walks any time of year.

This quaint and retro seaside beach resort has everything from colourful rows of wooden huts, funfairs and beachside shops and the Eastern Promenade is the ideal place to take a long leisurely stroll with the whole family.

Bute Park

Known as the “green heart” of Cardiff, Bute Park is one of those lovely Cardiff walks upon which you can always see something going on.

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A hive of outdoor activity and bordered by some of Cardiff’s most well-known landmarks, Bute Park is a great way to explore the city from a scenic angle.

Take the family out for a journey into Cardiff’s past walking through the Sophia Gardens, around Cardiff Castle and along River Taff for a splendid day outdoors.

Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail & Bear Caves

If you are in search of an adventure during your visit to The Exchange Hotel, then this is the best one of our Cardiff walks for you.

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The Fforest Fawr sculpture trail has everything kids could need for a great day spent enjoying nature and the outdoors. There are seemingly random sculptures carved into the trees and lying on the forest floor telling the story of a giant that lives in the woods and each sculpture represents something the giant has lost.

There are also caves left over from the old mining days which have been playfully renamed the Three Bears Caves which are easily accessed by a handy set of steps.

In Fforest Fawr, there is a chance to spark the family’s imagination and enjoy some time together exploring the great outdoors of Cardiff.

Cardiff Bay

Being one of the largest waterfront developments in Europe undoubtedly means there’s plenty to do on and along Cardiff Bay.

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The circular trail joined together by the People’s Bridge, is peppered with heritage sites, café’s bars and restaurants as well as family-friendly activities including Cardiff’s International Sports Village.

Along the way the whole family can enjoy sweeping coastal views, visiting the Dr Who Experience and there’s even a fabulous outdoor play area for the little ones.

St Fagan’s

At St Fagan’s families are treated to a trip back in time, visiting ancient structures and getting a glimpse at the way early Cardiffians lived.

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An open-air museum set in the grounds of St Fagan’s Castle, a remarkably well preserved 16th-century manor house complete with immaculately tended gardens.

There’s plenty for the whole family to see and do and as far as Cardiff walks go, a visit to St Fagan’s is as educational as it is fun.

Comeston Lakes

Enter an area of special scientific interest and take a walk around Comeston Lakes. The 100-hectare space is filled with diverse and rare wildlife and plant species and is a protected haven that the public can enjoy.

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Not only is there plenty of woodland and lakeshore to explore, but there’s also the Medieval village at Comeston which was unearthed during an excavation in 1978, to discover.

The remodelled village made from the discovered ruins has been set in the year 1350 and visitors can even look inside the fully furnished homes.

Forest Farm Country Park

An urban country park which focuses on maintaining the homes of water-dwelling wildlife for the enjoyment of the public.

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The area is maintained and protected by a volunteer-led organisation who have preserved the Forest Farm country park and the surrounding area including a 2.5 kilometre stretch of the bordering River Taff.

If you and your family enjoy a spot of birdwatching there are two dedicated bird hides at Forrest Farm from which visitors can spot all the different types of flying families living inside Forrest Farm.

Penarth Pier

The picture-perfect Penarth Pier is a fabulous photo spot for you and the family to visit.

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Part of Cardiff’s heritage the Penarth Pier and Pavilion used to attract people in their droves to the waterfront cinema.

Now fully restored the art deco style pier has been resurrected and is now home to a vibrant arts area which focuses on live music, great food and unimaginable scenery.

Roath Park

A classic Victorian Park in Cardiff and one of the cities favourite outdoor spaces to visit is Roath Park. Here there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy from historical monuments to wildly diverse botanical gardens and plenty of wildlife.

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Originally designed by the Marquess of Bute, Roath Park’s most outstanding feature is the boating lake with its miniature lighthouse.

Families today are still welcome to hire row boats across the lake to enjoy the scenery or walk around and watch the boats go by.

The Knap

A secluded spot in Cardiff which is easy to get to and full of fun for the whole family The Knap is one of Cardiff must stunning scenic locations.

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One of our favourite Cardiff walks take people along the breathtakingly beautiful beach to stunning lush green gardens surrounding the marine lake.

This amazing area is ideal for a long family walk along the coast of Cardiff with fabulous views and the chance to learn more about the areas interesting past.

Dyffryn Gardens

This superb National Trust property in Cardiff is the perfect place to visit with the family and enjoy a nice walk around the grounds.

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The perfectly preserved mansion comes complete with a collection of pristine gardens which include ponds, fountains and exquisite garden rooms.

Check out how climates all over the globe affect the way plants grow in Dyffryn’s own miniature versions of a rain forest, a grape vinery and a dry desert as well as an extensive Arboretum featuring some rare and ancient trees.

Stroll around the entire property and get lost in the otherworldliness of Dyffryn Gardens and manor house with the family during your visit to Cardiff.

Amazing Cardiff Hotel Offers at The Exchange

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To help you and the family enjoy the best Cardiff walks from The Exchange Hotel we’ve got some amazing accommodation offers available here.

Our unique luxury hotel has been built upon an important piece of Cardiff’s past and now focuses on making special memories for its guests in the present and for the future.

Call to arrange your stay and speak with our helpful reservations staff on 0151 236 0166 or email and spend some time with the family outdoors in Cardiff from The Exchange Hotel.