Mountains, castles, forests, history, romance & lovely friendly people - Wales has got it all, and lots of weather too...
And it's all on a manageable scale. Please let me know of any free or good value outings you find...
In the meantime, here's the list so far...
From Alli Maskell: "Pembrey Country Park is a good value day out - pay for parking (about £5.50 in high season) but you can spend the whole day - Take a picnic and stay all day fantastic beaches , walks - train ride and ice creams extra of course - also a toboggan run where you can ride 3 rides for £3 - under 8's have to ride with an adult but go free !
Llanstephan Castle is free - quite a walk up hill from the beach but the views are amazing - beach there lovely too - just watch the speed at which the water flows in and out - but wonderfully clear for paddling and jumping the waves. There is a small playpark by the beach too.
Folly Farm (just off main road from Tenby to Carmarthen) excellant value for large families - I have four children and for the six of us entrance was about £25 ! Animals to see and feed, loads of play park areas - again only extras are ice creams and old fashioned fairground rides."
Deborah Renney recommends "A really good free day out in Wales is Big Pit National Mining Museum of Wales in Blaenafon (website) - it has lots to look at on top and if you are 5 years old or 1 metre tall you can go on an excellent underground trip into the mine. My boys loved it."
From Martin Forde - "Free days out in & around Cardiff: free entry into all Museums of Wales - all you need is a packed lunch & lots of drinks.
1. Museum of Welsh Life, St Fagans - indoor & outdoor (excellent- lots to see & do)
2. National Museums of Wales (City centre). Indoor.
3. The Roman amphitheatre at Caerleon in Gwent & Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon Gwent - indoor & outdoor (excellent - worth the trip)"
Beaches - The Gower peninsular is highly recommended by Geal & Paul Stanfield, & we love the Pembrokeshire coast - it's quite hard to be very far from a beautiful beach in Wales!
Castles - Wales is stuffed full of interesting castles, if yours are at the knights & princesses stage; Manorbier Castle in Pembrokeshire is a great favourite of ours, small & intimate with a lovely garden, on the scale that you could really imagine living there. Close to a lovely little beach with streams running onto it for damming etc. but beware, the rocks are very sharp.
For lots of castles in varying states of repair within a small area, stay in or around the Brecon Beacons (Llangorse Lake is a very good location with things to do for children of all ages)- this is within easy striking distance of Cardiff, Swansea, the Gower, the Valleys & their heritage, and the Wye valley. Or Llanfairfechan in North Wales, close to all the vast & forbidding castles of the rugged North Wales coast, and the wild beauty of Snowdonia.
Laura Porter, who has 3 small children, wholeheartedly recommends a B&B in Llandudno, "Crickleigh Isaf",37,Lloyd Street, Llandudno, Tel:(01492)870271.
I am reliably informed by the Carr family (4 boys) that the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth is a great day out - good value & thought-provoking.
Check out these sites for more advice :-
VisitWales.com - the official guide, exhaustive & informative...
North Wales - lists of things to do & campsites etc. in North Wales.
Llanfairfechan - official site for Llanfairfechan in N. Wales - if more places had sites like this this would be a whole lot easier!
The Wilson Clan - good collection of informative links.
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