Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales
Book your family into one of our lovely holiday cottages and experience this beautiful patch of Mid Wales. By day, it’s a hilly area with lush green stretches and rocky peaks, and by night it’s one of the best stargazing spots in the UK. You've got the whole of the Brecon Beacons National Park to explore! There are plenty of different ways to get out and about - mountain biking, horse riding, canal boat trips and walking trails suitable for all the family.
The pretty towns of Abergavenny, Usk, Brecon and Hay-on-Wye are easy to get to and have lots of shops, cafes and cultural attractions to fill at least few hours with.
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Eryri (Snowdonia), North Wales
Sure, it’s a stunningly beautiful national park, but it’s also an epic playpark where nature provides the thrills. Enjoy mountain climbs up our highest peaks, walking in stunning glacial valleys or cycling through Coed y Brenin forest. Everything on offer here makes the most of the great outdoors. The Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park website has loads of walking trails, including accessible ones suitable for smaller children, pushchairs and wheelchair users.
If you’ve a head for heights, have a go at climbing, gorge walking or abseiling at Adventure Parc Snowdonia. Surf at the world-first inland surf lagoon, enjoy daily open water swimming sessions or take time out in the Wave Garden Spa with an indoor and outdoor thermal journey. Have fun at the Pump Track and Skate Bowl or explore the stunning landscapes of North Wales with e-bike and mountain bike hire. Use one of the guides to explore local trails and routes to enjoy a walk or trail running. Stay in the Hilton Garden Inn with Zephry’s Bar and Grill and a guest-exclusive fitness studio.
Take a ride on a zip wire at Zip World Penrhyn Quarry, a 100mph zip wire over a quarry lake at Bethesda or head over to Zip World Llechwedd Adventures, the largest zip zone in the world set among the Llechwedd slate quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog. With four lines on each run, the whole family can experience the thrill at once. Or check out Zip World Fforest Coaster for tree-top climbing adventures and a roller-coaster ride through the forest.
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Anglesey, North Wales
Over the glorious Menai Strait lies the island of Anglesey, and despite it being separated from the mainland it’s something not to be missed. Visit Llynnon Mill, the only working windmill in Wales that produces stoneground wholemeal flour, spot sea creatures at Anglesey Sea Zoo or check out Beaumaris Castle, built in the 1300s.
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Cardigan, Mid Wales
At the gateway to the Teifi Valley in Mid Wales, Cardigan is a petite town with enough to do for a few days, plus lots of relaxing areas to chill out in.
For a spot of culture and history, visit Cilgerran Castle, perched above the Teifi Gorge. Also, go on a sealife spotting trip that you’ll always remember with A Bay To Remember boats. You may see bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, rare birds or seals.
There are a few nice eateries around, prioritising local ingredients where they can. Bara Menyn Bakehouse and café serves fresh sourdough bread that you simply have to try. Pizzatipi offer delicious wood-fired pizzas in a unique environment.
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Cardiff, South Wales
There’s so much to do in the capital of Wales, and with it being such a compact city you don’t have to travel far to get around it. Start in the centre with a walk through the arcades, seven historic walkways with shops, cafes and independent businesses throughout. Pop into Rules of Play to pick up a board game then treat yourself to some liquid nitrogen ice cream from Science Cream.
Bute Park, beside Cardiff Castle, is a fantastic picnic spot on a sunny day. Grab some treats in Cardiff Central Market (including Welsh cakes from Bakestones) and enjoy the greenery. There are a few boats that go to Cardiff Bay from just inside the park (the entrance by Pettigrew Tearooms), a fine option if you want to soak up culture at Wales Millennium Centre, visit the Norwegian church where Roald Dahl was christened or walk the barrage.
The city centre boasts lots of entertainment venues, from St David’s Hall and New Theatre for touring productions to Chapter Arts Centre and Sherman Theatre for smaller shows. There’s also the National Museum Cardiff, with one of Europe’s largest collections of Impressionist art and the world’s largest leatherback turtle.
There are many attractive towns and villages nearby to check out, too, such as the market town of Cowbridge, the epitome of British seasides that is Barry Island and the untamed beaches of Southerndown and Ogmore.
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St Davids, West Wales
Famed and named after its former inhabitant, the patron saint of Wales, the UK’s smallest city has the magnificent St Davids Cathedral, a quaint high street and stunning beaches nearby. Whitesands is great for surfing and rockpooling, while the Blue Lagoon, a former slate quarry that’s now filled with bright blue water, is an ideal location for coasteering with a guide. There's a lovely countryside walk around St Davids suitable for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Pop into The Bug Farm – a tropical bug zoo focused on sustainable farming – to sample creepy-crawly culinary compositions. If you need more animals, the rhinos, giraffes, monkeys and lions at Folly Farm are less than an hour away.
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Llangrannog, Mid Wales
Immerse yourself in nature with a few days in a campsite or holiday cottage near Llangrannog. Explore the Wales Coast Path to discover the gorgeous Penbryn beach or Tresaith beach, which boasts a dramatic cliffside waterfall.
The nearby Urdd Centre has a dry ski slope, horse-riding and go-karts if you want a more adventurous family day out. Wildlife spotters will love looking out for the Cardigan Bay dolphins and porpoises. You can often see them from the beach or for a memorable day out try a boat trip into the bay.
History fans will enjoy Castell Henllys, a group of Iron Age roundhouses that have been rebuilt on the foundations of a hill fort. The dog friendly beach at Poppit Sands has plenty of room to let off steam, lots of rockpools and tearooms.
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