Best places to stay in Wales for families

We've got a wide variety of family-friendly accommodation across Wales, ranging from budget-friendly campsites and self-catering options to luxury hotels and holiday parks.

For family holidays in North Wales, it's all about a traditional break in seaside towns like Aberdyfi, Barmouth, Abersoch, Llandudno and Rhyl. As well as the sandy beaches, there are magnificent castles to explore, heritage steam train rides into the hills, and exhilarating activities to take your breath away. There are also many accessible attractions across North Wales. Check out our four day family-friendly itinerary in North Wales for more inspiration.

People on Barmouth beach.
Two adults and two children exploring a partially ruined castle.
Ffestiniog Railway steam train arriving at Tan y Bwlch Station.

Barmouth's sandy beach, Rhuddlan Castle and the Ffestiniog Railway, North Wales

Mid Wales covers our green heartlands of Powys and Ceredigion. Top things to do in this area include visiting our colourful towns such as Abergavenny, Llandrindod WellsMachynlleth and Aberystwyth by day, and stargazing in the Cambrian Mountains at night. You'll find many opportunities to see red kites, dolphins and seals in the wild, plus the children will love exploring ancient ruins and underground mines. There's a good variety of accessible attractions as well. Jude Rogers' five day Mid Wales family-friendly itinerary has some excellent suggestions for family days out and places to stay.

Aerial view of Aberystwyth showing the seafront.

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

Family favourite attractions in West Wales include castles and National Trust properties, zoos, theme parks and vast country parks to run around in. We've got loads of ideas for a Swansea city break, seaside adventures and island boat trips. Rest a while and recover in the beautiful seaside villages, where you can gorge on traditional ice-cream or freshly-caught seafood. Discover more family activities and breaks in Pembrokeshire ideas, accessible attractions and tips for exploring Carmarthenshire with kids.

Children feeding a giraffe supervised by a zoo worker.
Dolphin Spotting, Ramsay Island Boat Trips.

Giraffe experience at Folly Farm, and a boat trip to Ramsey Island, West Wales

You won't be short of choice for places to stay in Wales, but a family-friendly hotel with a spa, pool and activities works for all ages. Head to our page about perfect hotels for fun family breaks for more information.

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View of a stylish white and grey modern resort hotel with golf course in foreground

The family-friendly Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert-On-Sea, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

Things to do in Wales for families

So what is there to do in Wales with your kids? We've got loads of dedicated family attractions for different interests, including adventure parks, gardens and country parks and adventure sports. We have mighty castles - ruined and intact - and heritage sites for history enthusiasts to explore. Many museums and galleries run child-friendly activities during the holidays, and our National Museums, including the fabulous St Fagans National Museum of History, offer free entry. There are also lots of TV and film locations to spot around Wales, including places featured in Doctor Who, Harry Potter and His Dark Materials.

Two adults and two young children looking at museum exhibits.
bright yellow and pink flowers in front of a gothic stately mansion
11 year old boy walking across a plank in an adventure playground

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, South Wales, and Margam Country Park, Port Talbot, West Wales

Animal loving families will find plenty of options to keep everyone happy with our brilliant nature reserves, zoos, farms and aquariums.

Our favourite family-friendly outdoors adventures, especially for older kids, include mountain biking, watersports, coasteering and thrilling zip lines. Find out more about family adventure holidays in Wales.

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Two adults and two small children on a path next to a waterfall in woodland.
Two people mountain biking down a woodland mountain bike trail.

Pwll Y Wrach Nature Reserve, Talgarth, Mid Wales, and the Gwydir Mawr and Bach mountain bike trail in Llanrwst, North Wales

Short family breaks in Wales

Looking for ideas for a short break or a long weekend in Wales with your family? A city break in Cardiff or Swansea will offer something for all the family to enjoy. Heading to one of our National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty for an outdoors adventure will suit more active families. We have plenty of family-friendly campsites, holiday parks and even farm stays to make your break a memorable one.

Find out more about action-packed family short break ideas.

Three small tents pitched on grass with trees behind. A group of people are sat on the ground outside cooking over a camping stove.

Llyn Gwynant Campsite, Caernarfon, North Wales

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