With glorious beaches, monumental castles, thrilling adventure sports, hands-on museums and trails to hike, bike, ride and wander, Wales is a kid's dream destination. The whole country is very family friendly, so roll up and let loose.

Best Regions for Kids

  • Cardiff

The best museums and hands-on exploration in the country.

  • Southeast Wales

Explore uplifting landscapes in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and along the meandering Wye.

  • Swansea, Gower & Carmarthenshire

Surf the Gower and explore Wales' most dramatic castle.

  • Pembrokeshire

Home to fantastic clifftop walking and some of Wales' best beaches.

  • Mid-Wales

Discover hidden valleys, get back to the land with a farm stay, or ride horses over wild Cambrian uplands.

  • Snowdonia & the Llŷn

Hike, bike, sail and kayak in the shadow of the country's highest peaks.

Wales for Kids

Wales is well geared towards family travel. Children are generally made to feel welcome, facilities are uniformly good and there are discounts at many attractions for family tickets, plus under-fives often go free. Public transport is easy to negotiate (and free for under-fives) and baby-changing facilities are widespread.

Most hotels and B&Bs can rustle up a cot or heat a bottle, cafes and restaurants usually have high chairs and offer children's menus, and pubs serving food often have gardens with playgrounds. If you're travelling with small children, your biggest difficulty may be finding a family room, as B&Bs and hotels have a limited supply, so it's worth checking self-catering options as well.

Children's Highlights

Beaches

Whitesands Bay, St Davids A wide, sandy Blue Flag beach with excellent swimming, surfing and rock pooling.

Barafundle Bay, Stackpole Follow the cliff path over dunes and through stone archways and you'll discover a superb hidden beach.

Tresaith, near Cardigan Golden sands, rock pools, a cascading waterfall and, if you're lucky, dolphins visible from the shore.

Oxwich Bay, Gower Peninsula Miles of golden sand backed by dunes, salt marshes and woodland.

South Beach, Tenby A velvety-soft beach perfect for sandcastles, ball games and kite flying.

Castles

Beaumaris Castle The most perfect of Edward I's great castles, with sturdy concentric walls and a wide moat.

Conwy Castle A stunning fortress looming over the complete medieval walls of Conwy.

Pembroke Castle A forbidding but family-friendly castle with walks along the walls and passages from tower to tower.

Carreg Cennen Atmospheric 13th-century ruins with a clifftop passage down to an eerie natural cave.

Caernarfon Castle A massive, intimidating stronghold with excellent exhibitions pitched at kids and adults alike.

Outdoor Activities

Zip World Blaenau Ffestiniog Strap the kids in, and watch them sail down zip lines at breathtaking speeds over mountainsides and quarries.

Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn What kid wouldn't love getting to ride the inspiration behind Thomas the Tank Engine?

Living Room Treehouses, Machynlleth Sleeping, eating and playing in the canopy is something kids will never tire of.

Gwydyr Stables, Penmachno Explore Snowdonia's hills and forests on horseback, and at your own pace.

Lôn Las Cymru National Cycle Route 8 lets you take the littlies off-road, all the way from Cardiff to Holyhead.

Thousand Islands Expeditions, St Davids Head to the edge of the Celtic Deep to spot whales, porpoises and dolphins.

Rainy-day Activities

Techniquest, Cardiff Whizz-pop science adventures for all.

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth Educational, fun and truly green, CAT offers plenty of interactive displays and a great adventure playground for curious kids.

King Arthur's Labyrinth, Corris Trudge deep into the belly of an old slate mine to see Britain's mythical past resurrected.

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea For a hands-on family visit, Swansea's landmark museum is hard to beat.

Dan-yr-Ogof, Fforest Fawr Eerie caves, dinosaurs, shire horses and a petting farm should keep everyone entertained.

Festivals

Urdd National Eisteddfod One of Europe's largest youth festivals.

Haydays The part of the famous Hay Festival that's just for kids.

Big Cheese A fantastic free weekend of historical re-enactments, folk dancing, music and fire-eating.

Victorian Extravaganza Good old-fashioned family fun with fancy dress, parades and fun fairs.

World Bog Snorkelling Championships Stand by and watch competitors as they submerge themselves in boggy water for a 110m swim.