Things to do on Rainy Days in South Wales

From time travelling telephone boxes to the nation’s finest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art, you won’t go short of things to do indoors in South Wales. Here are tips for those Plan B days.

  • Friends having a chat and a coffee in the Chapter cafe
    Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff by Chapter Arts Centre

    Chapter is a long established gallery is the vibrant centre of the Cardiff creative community. Regular exhibitions from international artists always provide plenty to inspire in the exhibition rooms, and the central café and bar space has a real energy about it, as well as good food and a garden.

  • National Museum 'Evolution of Wales'

    'Evolution of Wales' exhibit, National Museum, Cardiff

    There’s tons to see in this splendid red brick civic centre, but the art collection is something of a hidden gem, documenting the history of art in Wales and Europe since the 16th century. The collection was once kept in police cells in the Cardiff Law Courts, but now there are 15 galleries to explore at the National Museum Cardiff.

  • National Showcaves Centre for Wales

    National Showcaves Centre for Wales, Brecon Beacons

    This 11 mile (17km) cave system is one of the largest in Europe. Dan yr Ogof caves were discovered in 1912 and local cave diving expert Martyn Farr believes the caves may stretch up to 90 miles (150km) in length. The caves were inhabited during the Bronze age and remains of 42 human skeletons were found in Bone Cave, along with jewellery and other ancient artefacts.   

  • St David's Hall in Cardiff
    St David's Hall, Cardiff by Walt Jabsco

    From the world renowned Cardiff Singer Of The World competition to Susan Boyle and The Dreamboys (not at the same time!), St David's Hall is an entertainment hotspot attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. It also hosts more intimate events and exhibitions.

  • The Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre
    Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff by Wales Millennium Centre

    Repeatedly featured in episodes of Dr Who, the largest performing arts venue in Wales is the place to find the Welsh National Opera, stadium filling comedians and more. The Millennium Centre is also great place to visit during holidays and weekends, to watch the free smaller performances, grab a drink or a bite to eat and just soak in the atmosphere.

  • Big Pit, Blaenavon
    Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales Valleys by Visit Wales

    One of the most identifiable characteristics of Wales is its industrial heritage. The coal mined here fuelled the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries and Big Pit offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the miners. Stick on a miners helmet and travel 300 feet (100 metres) underground to find out for yourself just what it was like.

  • A cyberman reaching towards the you at the Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff Bay
    Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff by CoasterMadMatt

    Wherever you go in Cardiff there are regular visual reminders of one of the most popular television dramas of all time. The programme has been shot in and around the city for best part of a decade, so it’s fitting that the Doctor Who Experience is in Cardiff Bay in the heart of many of the shows sets. It's also where you’ll find the world’s largest collection of original Doctor Who props and costumes.

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