Wales is renowned as a great holiday destination for all types of travellers and parties. Adventure-seekers are blessed with mountain hikes and adrenaline-fuelled activities whilst walkers can enjoy the views from the coastal paths. Additionally, there are a plethora of family-friendly attractions in each part of Wales that are perfect for family holidays, so, we thought we would help you narrow down your options with this guide to some of the best! To help us compile this, our very own Anne joins us to share her insights into family-friendly days in Wales. Anne has been part of our team for eight years now, and she is responsible for sharing her insider knowledge of Wales and our property portfolio with you all through our blog. She also is the one commenting back to you on social media!

Anne was born in Pembrokeshire and went to college in Cardiff. After some time away from Wales, she returned back to her home of Pembrokeshire, where she has lived for the last eight years. During her time away from Wales, she has always returned to visit family and has had some fantastic and memorable family-friendly holidays here throughout the years. So, who better to tell us all about family-friendly holidays to our beautiful country?

Hidden Gem Attractions in North Wales for Families:

Mining caves in Wales.

 Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Gwynedd

 The Llechwedd Slate Caverns are located in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd and are ideal for those looking for a fascinating and educational attraction for the family. Here, visitors can learn about the history of slate quarrying and the importance this had in the town. However, history is not the only thing visitors can delve into with mountain biking tracks, underground trampolines and zip-lines for those of you who want to burn off a little energy!

Anne: “This is a great family attraction whatever the weather!”

Address:  A470, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB

Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:30, Monday to Sunday.

Phone: 01766 830306

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

 

Cuttlefish at Wales aquarium.

Anglesey Sea Zoo, Anglesey

 This unique aquarium located on the northern island of North Wales has over 40 tanks to marvel at. These tanks are home to some of the most fascinating British marine wildlife with octopus, lobsters, seahorses and catsharks swimming around in plain view! Here your family will learn about their habitats and the importance of research and conservation work.

 Anne: “This is a great option, no matter what the weather, and perfect for people of all ages. They have a no bones zone and all sorts of weird and wonderful things for the children.”

Address: Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ

Opening hours: 10:00- 16:45, Monday to Sunday.

Phone: 01248 430411

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

Climbing wall in Wales.

 Beacon Climbing Centre, Caernarfon

 The Beacon Climbing Centre is the go-to place for climbing in North Wales because it is the largest climbing centre in the area. The centre caters to climbers of all abilities and there is a range of challenges for visitors to try.

 Anne: “No matter what age you are, you can go up on the climbing walls. It’s good for all ages from three-year-olds learning new skills to qualified climbers improving theirs.”

 Address: Cibyn Industrial Estate, Caernarfon LL55 2BD

Opening hours: 10:00- 22:00, Monday to Friday.  10:00-20:00, Saturday and Sunday.

Phone: 01286 677322

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

 

Hidden Gem Attractions in South Wales for Families:

Coal Museum.

 Big Pit National Coal Museum, Torfaen

 The Big Pit National Coal Museum highlights the industrial heritage of Wales. The museum was a working coal mine for a century from 1880 to 1980. It was later opened to the public in 1983 to educate visitors about the coal mining industry.

Anne: “The Big Pit is an old coal-mining pit located in South Wales. You get to wear overalls and mining helmets. Ex-miners will take you right down into the pit and explain what life was like as a miner.”

 Address: Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen, NP4 9XP

Opening hours: 09:30- 17:00, Monday to Sunday. Underground tours are conducted between 10:00 – 15:30.

Phone: 0300 111 2 333

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

Inside Cardiff science centre.

 Techniquest, Cardiff

 Techniquest is a science and discovery centre in Wales, with locations in both Cardiff Bay and Wrexham (North Wales). The centre is jammed packed full of exhibits and programmes for the children and big kids to enjoy. Additionally, it is close to our holiday cottages in Cardiff, making it the perfect attraction for when you are here visiting.

Anne: “I’ve heard that the Techniquest is a great option for families.”

Address: Stuart St, Cardiff CF10 5BW

Opening hours: 09:30- 16:30, Monday to Friday. 10:00 – 17:00, Saturday and Sunday.

Phone: 029 2047 5475

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

Lemur.

Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, Brecon Beacons

The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is located in South Wales within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Their main aim is to provide a safe and loving home to unwanted animals. Primarily home to a wealth of monkeys, there are also wolves, racoons and horses, to name a few!

Anne: “I recently heard about the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, which is well worth checking out.”

Address: Caehopkin Rd, Abercrave SA9 1UD

Opening hours: 10:30- 17:00, Monday to Sunday.

Phone: 01639 730276

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

Hidden Gem Attractions in Mid Wales for Families:

Red Kite flying.

Gigrin Farm, Rhayader

The Gigrin Farm is made up of approximately 200 acres of land and has been family-run for years. From here you can see the spectacular views of the Wye and Elan Valleys. The Gigrin Farm was approached by the RSPB when they noticed that the late owner, Mr Powell, was feeding the red kites. In the winter of 1992, the site became an Official Red Kite Feeding Station and even to this day, visitors can come to the farm to witness these wonderful birds in action.

Anne: “Wales has a number of natural attractions for families to enjoy, for example, red kite feeding stations. There are a couple in Mid-Wales.”

Address: Gigrin Farm, South Street, Rhayader LD6 5BL

Opening hours: 12:30- 17:00, Tuesday to Sunday.

Phone: 01597 810 243

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

Hidden Gem Attractions in West Wales for Families:

sunset at Porthgain.

 Porthgain, Pembrokeshire

Porthgain, translating to ‘beautiful port’ in Welsh, is a wonderful village along the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. It is situated between Goodwick and the iconic St David’s. The village is known for its history, once being a prosperous industrial harbour in the beginning of the 20th-century.

Anne: “Porthgain is a popular little coastal village, on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. It has an impressive industrial heritage that you can make the focus of a walk. Check out the old quarry site, old buildings, and all sorts of features to explore.”

Penguin at Folly Farm, Wales.

Folly Farm, Kilgetty

 Folly Farm is a zoo located in the popular region of Pembrokeshire. Here you can get up close to the 750 animals that call this place home. The attraction even has 16 rides to choose from in the fairground, as well as eight different play areas for the little ones.

Anne: “Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire is a multi-award-winning venue with lots of activities and events for children. Enjoy a variety of animals, birds, entertainment, fairgrounds and climbing frames, to name a few.”

 Address: Folly Farm, Begelly, Kilgetty SA68 0XA

Opening hours: 10:00- 17:00, Monday to Sunday from 18th February to 5th November. Through the winter season, the attraction is open weekends only.

Phone: 01834 812731

Opening times vary for certain attractions, and the venue is likely to be closed on public holidays. Contact them for more details to avoid disappointment.

So, wherever you are going to Wales on your family-friendly holiday, there are plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. If you are yet to book your trip away, why not take a look at the cottages we have available? We still have plenty of availability for holiday cottages in the October half-term.

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