With the recent revival of Doctor Who in 2004, a stream of new and exciting monsters have sprung out of the imagination of writers Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies to bring new nightmares to your children’s dreams. And now you can see all of these creatures and more at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff.
The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, says that the whole experience is ‘massively exciting’ and hopes that the people that come will ‘enjoy boarding the TARDIS to embark upon an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying adventure through time and space’. Students can get tickets at a reduced rate, and there are also family packages with reductions when ordering over the phone, so you can enjoy all this and still not break the bank.
Cardiff Bay has become the mecca for any Doctor Who fan with BBC Roath Lock Studios, a major filming location for Doctor Who, just next door to the Doctor Who Experience. It’s described as an ‘interactive journey’ that takes you on a ‘spectacular adventure’ through the history of Doctor Who. There are costumes and artefacts from the various regenerations of the Doctor (if you don’t get that reference go find out now!) and you can come face to face with some of the monsters that have plagued the Doctor throughout the years.
While you’re in Cardiff Bay there’s a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops in and around Mermaid Quay to eat at after a long day of learning to walk like some of your favourite aliens. You can also explore attractions such as the Techniquest, an interactive science discovery centre, and the Wales Millennium Centre.
If you want to stay and make a weekend out of the trip then there are plenty of hotels in Cardiff just a short walk away from the station which caters for families. There are also lots of fun activities to do all around the city centre.
Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ leading tourist attractions in the centre of the city with a history stretching back 2000 years to Roman times. Its medieval halls, towers and Norman Keep will get the children mesmerised and will surely keep the adults busy too. North of this, nestled in the woods behind the village of Tongwynlais, is Castell Coch. It’s locally known as a fairytale castle and was originally a Norman Castle before being rebuilt by the architect William Burges during the 19th Century. It would be a great way to end an already fantasy filled weekend!