With a host of great things to do across the country, no matter the weather, Wales is the perfect place for family days out.
Comprising bustling cities like Cardiff, beautiful coastlines and stunning National Parks, days out in Wales will guarantee you fall in love with this breath-taking corner of Britain, no matter your age or interests.
Wales is packed full of culture and heritage, so don’t miss the opportunity to drink some in with an insightful and educational day out at Caerphilly Castle. Located just north of the capital Cardiff, the largest castle in Wales dates back to 1268. Kids will love getting lost in the maze and exploring the Dragon’s Den, while there are plenty of learning opportunities too. How did the castle get its famous ‘leaning tower’? And what about the castle’s design was revolutionary in Britain at the time?
If Caerphilly Castle sounds like a great day out, you’ll love a visit to nearby Cardiff Castle, which boasts more than 2000 years of history, while Conwy Castle in north Wales is another fantastic option to get your history fix, with the backdrop of stunning Snowdonia as an added bonus.
North Wales is also the perfect place for lovers of the great outdoors. Coed y Brenin Forest Park provides an expanse of trails and woodland to explore on bike or foot, with clearly marked routes for beginners through to the more experienced. There is also an Animal Puzzle trail alongside orienteering and geo caching trails to enjoy too.
Further south in mid-Wales, Lake Vyrnwy is the perfect place to relax among nature. With spectacular waterfalls, a Sculpture Park, a plethora of wildlife and even spas for a real treat, it’s the ultimate outdoorsy paradise.
But if something even more adventurous is what you’re after, Wales has that covered too. For a real challenge, a hike up Mount Snowdon is the obvious choice (though you can also cheat and enjoy the sensational views via the Snowdon Mountain Railway!), but you can also have a go at all manner of activities including coasteering, kayaking and surfing in the breath-taking Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in south-west Wales.
If that floats your boat, you’ll also love the adventures to be had at Zip World, with three locations across north Wales. For tree-top challenges, Zip World Fforest in Betwy-y-Coed has everything you could want, while Zip World Slate Caverns in Balenau Ffestiniog allows visitors to navigate their way through disused slate mines and let loose at Bounce Below, an underground net adventure. Meanwhile, at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry in Bethesda, quarry karts and the world’s fastest zip line await the adventurous, while there’s also a quarry tour for the rest of the family to enjoy.
And let’s not forget Wales also offers great beach days out, with the likes of Pembrokeshire’s Barafundle Bay and Rhossili Bay, just west of Swansea, often voted among the best beaches worldwide, while Tenby South Beach also boasts a blissful expanse of sand to enjoy.
Kids will love Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire – which is actually more of a zoo - with its 750-plus animals, including lions, penguins and rhinos, as well as a vintage fairground with 17 rides and a theatre. More adrenaline-fuelled fun can also be had at Pembrokeshire’s Oakwood Theme Park and GreenWood Family Park in Felinheli, near Bangor and Anglesey, while The Dinosaur Park in Tenby not only boasts rides and hair-raising activities, but also a dinosaur trail, where the brave can try to spot 30 different beasts, including a Stegosaurus, a Brachiosaurus and, of course, the formidable T-rex!
But as we can’t always trust the weather in Britain, Wales fortunately has plenty of options for rainy days too. LC Waterpark in Swansea is great for getting wet indoors rather than outdoors, with slides, wave pools and play areas to keep the kids entertained for hours, while at the other end of the country, a tasty day out can be had at the Llandudno Chocolate Experience. Just along the coast in Rhyl, kids will love the Rhyl SeaQuarium, while Electric Mountain in Llanberis offers a day out with a difference, as you explore the power station via an underground tour.
Wales also has a strong mining history and you can learn about it in stunning surroundings at Sygun Copper Mine in Beddgelert within the Snowdonia National Park and at the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines a bit further north.