We’re always looking for new days out both as a family and with our friends. I’ve found something really fun for our next adventure in Cardiff- Escape Reality – Escape Reality is a mind stimulating game in real life played in uber-real and intense escape rooms. Teams (of 2-6) have just 60 minutes to finish the escape game. You complete the adventure by solving puzzles and overcoming challenges. This would be very exciting, something different and a perfect day out whatever the weather. Read on to find out more:
Where to Find Escape Reality Cardiff
Escape Reality Cardiff can be found at:
2nd & 3rd Floor, 6-7 St John Street,
(roughly opposite the Owain Glyndwr pub).
If driving, St Davids Carpark is less than ten minutes walk away.
Escape reality is also close to Cardiff Central (rail) and Cardiff Bridge bus stop.
Always book in advance. You can book online or by telephone (0292 132 3120)
which is handy if you want more information about the different rooms. Once the booking is confirmed there are no cancellations.
Escape Reality costs between £16- £22 per person. It is open 7 days a week 1.30pm – 9pm.
Escape Reality is suitable for all ages but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Use common sense to decide if Escape Reality is suitable for your child as they’re all ready for different experiences at different ages. Over 12s can book a room with friends making it a great teen birthday party idea.
There are six rooms to choose from of varying difficulties. You could start with the less difficult room, Jungala, with a difficulty rating of 3 and work your way up to the most difficult room, Alcatraz (difficulty rating: 5) on subsequent visits. Or you could choose a room by the theme. Here is a round up of each room to choose from:
You have discovered an old board game in your attic and once opened you are engulfed by a vortex and transported into an alternative realm. After only seeing a glimpse of the terrible world inside you are thrown back into reality. Vowing never to approach the game again you attempt to leave but the door has been locked trapping you in. Glancing over to the game you see the words “The dice have been rolled.” You have no choice but to complete the game or be trapped inside the other realm for eternity. You only have sixty minutes to complete the game!
There have been reports that there is a serial killer on the loose. Many people in the area have gone missing and no traces of their whereabouts have been discovered. Only one survivor has lived to tell the tale of what happened the killers lair. Rumour has it that he forces his prisoners to perform ghastly tests to see how far they can push themselves in order to escape. You have suddenly awoken to discover that you have been locked inside a room of complete darkness with no recollection of how you found yourselves in this situation. Your captor has devised a series of games to test how much strength you have in order to save your own lives.
The Heist (****)
In the heart of the most famous Art Gallery in Europe, lies the renowned group of the most expensive art collection the world has to offer. An anonymous request communicated through the black market has placed a high reward offered to anyone who can safely retrieve the painting collection and hand it over to them. You have been hired by an elite team of renowned con artists, specialising in the high profile embezzlement. You have broken into the gallery with the one aim – to take the painting and receive your reward. If you are caught you face being imprisoned, and all hopes of fortune will be lost.
You were driving home late one night and your car broke down. A local nurse named Emily was driving by and offered to take you to use her phone to call for help. After agreeing to go back to her house you quickly realise that she is not as innocent as she first seemed. You try to leave Emily’s house and realise that you have been locked in. You discover you are not her first victim and begin to uncover clues left behind by the author she previously kidnapped. She has trapped you in her home and left to run some errands. You have 60 minutes to escape before you discover how far she will go to keep you here.
You are a cryptologist assigned to work with a team of detectives to solve a gruesome murder in an art gallery. The corpse was discovered surrounded by mysterious symbols linking to the Fibonacci sequence. You have begun to unearth crucial information which has been kept a closely guarded secret for thousands of years. After discovering too much a ruthless group of dangerous individuals is following you, trying to catch you and keep you quiet. Preventing you from learning further truths, you have been trapped inside the room. You must use your expertise to solve the complex clues lying within or face the truth never being revealed.
In 1934, Alcatraz transformed into a maximum high-security prison housing the most infamous and dangerous criminals. Situated in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay, no prisoner has ever successfully escaped. Alcatraz has just reached its maximum capacity for the first time in history – because of you.
You are all masters of escaping and no prison has managed to contain you. As highly skilled individuals you have been plotting your escape plan and now the time has arrived. A diversion has been caused by other inmates and the warden has sprinted off to help, leaving you in your cells unguarded. This is your prime opportunity to make your escape attempt. Can you escape before he returns and catches you?
All of the rooms sound amazing, don’t they? I’d like to try Jungala with the kids as they love Jumanji and then Enigmista with Dave and friends. It would definitely be a challenge to work our way through the different experiences.
On Your Visit
Arrive at least 20 minutes early. There is a bar available too so you can make a night of your experience. You have 60 minutes to complete your challenges and escape from the room. Staff are on hand to help and assist if needed.
Escape Reality is an all weather experience suitable for couples, friends, family, hen and stag dos and also corporate team building. I know that I love a challenge and a chance to use my lateral thinking. There’s a photo opportunity at the end which makes a lovely keepsake.
Keep up to date with events and offers on the Escape Reality Cardiff Facebook page.
Have you been to Escape Reality? Which experience would you choose?