Family fun

The coast of Wales is an ideal place for families, with a huge range of activities, amusements, castles, nature trails and wildlife reserves, country parks and places to picnic, boat trips to see dolphins and seals, funfairs and adventure centres all on or close to the Wales Coast Path.

North Wales Coast & Dee Estuary

Along the North Wales coast, resorts host many family activities: traditional Punch & Judy in Llandudno; tramways and cable cars on the Great Orme; the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay; Harlequin Puppet Theatre in Rhos-on-Sea; andConwy Castle, a World Heritage Site.

Isle of Anglesey

Plas Newydd, run by the National Trust, has a programme of family friendly events which makes this a fantastic destination to seek out on family holidays. Or you could try out the orienteering trail at Breakwater Country Park, Holyhead.

Menai, Llŷn & Meirionnydd

Explore the Mediterranean-style village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd which was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975. In the 1960s it was the setting for the cult television show “The Prisoner”, starring Patrick McGoohan.

Ceredigion

Cardigan Bay has the UK’s largest resident population of bottle nosed dolphins, and you can visit them on organisedwildlife boat trips. Also, try crabbing along the harbourside in Aberaeron.

Pembrokeshire

A year round family friendly activity programme is offered by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. Crabbing and evening bat walks are among the most popular activities.

Carmarthenshire

Cycle or walk (and even canoe in the summer) around the wetlands centre near Llanelli (WWT National Wetland Centre Wales). Try and spot some of the 600 species of birds you can find here – there are flamingos and it is even home to a water vole city.

Gower & Swansea Bay

Join in some high energy fun at the LC, Swansea’s exciting leisure centre and water park. Or get high tech and hands on at the National Waterfront Museum. Or perhaps, squeeze in a visit to Plantasia, an exotic indoor tropical haven with insects, reptiles, fish and monkeys, and an exciting events programme. Swansea attractions.

South Wales Coast & Severn Estuary

Coney Beach Funfair is a family attraction at Porthcawl, contrasted with wildlife walks at Kenfig Nature Reserve, and paddle steamer trips from Porthcawl to Ilfracombe aboard the Waverley. Bridgend attractions.

Techniquest science centre in Cardiff Bay has more than 130 interactive exhibits for ages ranging from 8 to 80! On the Cardiff Bay Barrage, there is a 1100 sq metre concrete skate plaza. Cardiff attractions.

Step back to the Middle Ages with medieval re-enactments at Chepstow Castle, with period costumes, tours of historic buildings, and demonstrations by the Black Rock Lave Net Fishermen, who use traditional Welsh methods of catching salmon in the Severn Estuary.