Free Family-Friendly Places To Visit In Wales: Reader Suggestions

News Things To Do | by | 1st Aug 2016


It’s the holidays, which means you have to figure out how to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank. Here are some free family-friendly places to visit in Wales, suggested by our readers.

We thought we would help make summer cost less with this list of free family-friendly places to visit in Wales. We asked our readers where their favourite free places are and this is what they said…

Free Things To Do In North Wales

Newborough Forest

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Photo Credit: Airwolfhound

Newborough Forest, on the Isle of Anglesey, sounds like something out of a children’s book. Its landscape has sand dunes, tree-filled woods and plenty of creatures (it’s a very important red squirrel conservation sites).

Not only is it a beautiful place to wander around the forest also has an Animal Puzzle Trail for younger visitors, a family friendly cycle trail and a trim trail. All perfect for tiring kids out!

Caernarfon Harbour

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Photo Credit: Llywela Jones

Recommended by our reader Llywela Jones is Caernarfon Harbour. Facing the Isle of Anglesey the harbour boast stunning views and is the perfect place to have a walk along the shoreline, watch the boats come and go, or even try and do a spot of crabbing.

If you have some money to spend then the harbour is right by Caernarfon Castle which charges for admission. Under 5s get in free if they are with a paying adult.

National Slate Museum

The word ‘slate’ might not immediately make you think of ‘fun’ but this national museum in Gwynedd has plenty to keep you and the kids interested.

Based in a former Quarry the museum explores the history of the Welsh slate industry. You can see tools the workmen used, find out how their home life changed over the decades and see some water powered machinery.

There’s also the chance to play in the foundry sandpits, dress up as quarrymen and get arty with the museum’s summer crafty workshops (which cost £1 per child). There is also a play area there with a popular little zip line.

Free Things To Do In Mid Wales

The Welsh Wildlife Centre

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Photo Credit: Peter Trimming

The perfect places to let your kids embrace their wild side! The Welsh Wildlife Centre in Pembrokeshire has nature trails (that you can walk or cycle), an adventure playground and a willow maze.

Not only that but there is lots of wildlife to enjoy. Catch a glimpse of a kingfisher, watch the family of otters play in the Teifi River or see how many creepy crawlies you can find on the surrounding nature reserve.

The National Library Of Wales

Libraries can be great places to take the kids for some quiet time during the holidays, but the National Library Of Wales in Aberystwyth is something grander. It is, after all, the biggest library in Wales (holding over 6.5 million books and periodicals).

With activity books, treasure hunts, storytelling and a room where they can make their own comic book strip there’s plenty for kids to do there.

Radnor Forest

Photo Credit: Matthew Black Free Family-Friendly Places To Visit In Wales

Photo Credit: Matthew Black

Once a hunting ground for members of the royal family, Radnor Forest has brilliant hill-top views and a beautiful waterfall.

The waterfall (called the ‘Break-its-Neck’ waterfall – a great name for the kids to brag about to their friends) is just a short walk from the Warren Wood car park and can be seen from both below and above.

There are lots of walking trails, both short ones (roughly a third of a mile) and longers ones (2 miles), you can explore.

Free Things To Do In South Wales

Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes

Photo credit: Kaisa Pan Free Family-Friendly Places To Visit In Wales

Photo credit: Kaisa Pan

Our reader Kaisa Pan suggested the stunning Merthyr Mawr for lovely walks through the sand dunes to a quiet beach.

Not only was part of Hollywood classic Lawrence Of Arabia filmed among Merthyr Mawr’s dunes, they also make for some fun summer sledging (who needs snow when you have sand).

Merthyr Mawr is also home to lots of brightly coloured flowers and plants, perfect for hunting out some weird and wonderful looking products of nature.

Cosmeston Medieval Village

Turns out you don’t need a time machine to visit a 14th-century village, all you need to do is take a trip over to Penarth.

The village was found in Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and has undergone a full-scale reconstruction of its buildings. You can wander around the village, explore the houses and learn about what life was like in Wales during the times of the Hundred Years War .

Entry to the medieval village is free from 10am till 12noon every day of the week. Afterwards there are also guided tours available, where the guide will dress in traditional costumes and play the role of welcoming villager. These tours cost £5 for adults and £3.50 for children.

Newport Wetlands

Photo Credit: David Merrett

Photo Credit: David Merrett

Right on the edge of the city of Newport is a little sanctuary where wild creatures roam. Newport Wetlands is a great place to play ‘spot the bird’ with your kids with plenty of ducks, swans and other more rare birds to catch a glimpse of. Who needs Pokémon Go when you can look out for real birds in the wild?

There is also a visitors centre, a children’s play area and great views of the Severn estuary.

Entry is free but there are also Family Fun events taking place over the summer holidays, which cost around £5 (or £3 for RSPB members).

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We hope this has given you some ideas for low-cost family days out. If you have any suggestions to add then use the comments section below.

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