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Things to do on your family break in Wales

25th April 2024

Maybe you’ve visited Wales before, or you’re planning for your next holiday to be your first time. Either way, there’s still plenty for you to discover and do in the ‘Land of Song’, from exploring ancient landmarks to zip-lining across abandoned quarries.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an action-packed getaway or a slightly more relaxed pace, Wales is a standout location when it comes to family breaks UK. Everyone can find something to enjoy on a Welsh holiday, so that’s why we’ve laid out some of the best options for things to do on your family getaway.

Explore the National Parks

For those who love nature and breathtaking scenery, Wales is home to not one but three national parks: Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, and the Brecon Beacons. Each of these could easily fill an entire holiday all on its own, with so many different trails to explore and vistas to visit.

Of course, the real standout is the hike to the top of the highest peak in Wales, Mount Snowdon. Even for families who aren’t quite ready to brave the full trek up the 3,000-foot mountain, the Snowdon Mountain Railway offers an accessible alternative to reach this iconic peak.

While you’re soaking in the beauty of the distinctive Welsh countryside make sure to keep an eye out for some of the native wildlife, from otters to red kites.

Visit ancient castles

History buffs and imaginative kids are sure to get a thrill from a visit to any of the impressive Welsh castles. In fact, with a whopping total of 427 different castles spread throughout the country no holiday to Wales would be complete without seeing at least one.

Take your pick from the wide variety of ancient castles Wales has to offer, from Conwy Castle in the north to Caerphilly Castle in the south. Spend some time learning about the storied history of these ancient fortifications, take a tour through their grounds and battlements, and marvel at their architecture.

Taste outdoor thrills

Wales also has plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, no matter your age or fitness level. Naturally, there are hiking and cycling opportunities for days on end, but the more adventurous have other options to try out too.

Visit the National White Water Centre and brave the churning waters of the River Tryweryn or head up to Zip World to take a ride on the fastest zip line in the world across Penrhyn Quarry. There’s the chance to get better acquainted with the Welsh coast through guided coasteering, although that’s more of an activity for the older members of the family.

Relax on the beach

Wales might not be the first place you think of when you think of beaches, but it still has some truly beautiful ones to visit. Spend some time soaking up the sun on an expanse of golden sand, while the kids occupy themselves with building sandcastles or doing some rock pooling.

Pembrokeshire and the Gower Peninsula both have plenty of sandy beaches to choose from, but the north of Wales has its fair share too. 

Take a trip on a steam train

While we already mentioned the Snowdon Mountain Railway that’s far from the only choice for railway fans. The country features some heritage railways with steam locomotives to take a ride on, the stuff of cherished holiday memories.

Take the weight off your feet for a bit and enjoy a pleasant steam-powered ride through a slice of beautiful Welsh countryside.

Between beaches, mountains, rivers, castles, and outdoor adventure opportunities, Wales has more than enough to keep any family entertained. So, delay no further and get your next family break sorted with an exciting visit to Wales.

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