Your Ultimate Guide to exploring off-the-beaten track child friendly locations scattered around Wales.
Whether you're looking to hike along picturesque coastlines, or discover hidden gems perfect for picnics, this guide will lead you to some of Wales best-kept secrets, ensuring a memorable and family-friendly experience for all!
Here are some of our favourite hidden gems in Wales which are child friendly, however we do recommend doing your own research, as each child is different.
So grab your walking boots, pack your picnic (or a change of nappies!), and get ready to explore the hidden gems that await you and your little ones in the captivating Wales!
1) Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
Play Cadnant is a hidden gem accessed from Menai which has fabulous gardens with extremely well kept grounds. There is much variety in the planting and also the terrain.
The gardens are set in a valley which has marked routes - there is an easy access path and a longer route with steps which takes in the valley. There are also water features and viewing benches/platforms throughout, including some waterfalls at the bottom of the valley.
2) Parys Mountain
Parys Mountain is a fascinating multicoloured landscape created overtime from the remains of previous mining activity. There are plenty of routes for visitors to walk, and overall it is a well kept and easy to access site.
If you love geology and industrial heritage - it's a dream place! It was once the world's largest copper mine carved out of the heart of a volcano using pick and shovel!
3) Porth Swtan
Porth Swtan is a great little beach, ideal for those looking for a spot to swim or paddle boarding. There is also a cliffside walk which is part of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, rewarding visitors with outstanding views of Holyhead.
TIP: Make sure you check the tides before you go, as it is cut off at high tide!
4) South Stack Lighthouse
The historic South Stack Lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps (can be windy at times) down the steep mainland cliffs.
Visitors can also tour the former lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse! For all you nature lovers; it's a wonderful place to watch thousands of breeding seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.
5) Aber Falls
Aber Falls is a beautiful waterfall at the end of a beautiful valley. There is step free access all the way to one side of the waterfall, as well as access to the other side however this requires descending irregular steps to a bridge and the climbing more steps to the opposite bank.
Even though it involves a tougher walk, it does offer a good view of the waterfall from a higher viewpoint which is part rocky and part gently sloping grass.
6) Dinas Dinlle Beach
Dinas Dinlle Beach is a beautiful, wild, ancient shoreline, facing West into the Irish sea. The sunsets are amazing, as are the views back over Snowdonia.
For the kids, there is plenty to see; including an iron age hill fort with views over the beach, clean toilets, a nice play area for the kids, ample free parking, and an Ince cream shop! Safe to say they won't be bored here!
7) Dinorwic Quarry
This dramatic view brings together two Welsh icons. In the distance sits the country’s highest mountain, Snowdon, while the towering walls of slate in the foreground nod to an industry that has reshaped the landscape here over the centuries.
There are a few tunnels with surprises in them but be careful as rock falls occur and kids should be supervised at all times!
We hoped you enjoyed discovering the local finds and less known child friendly hidden gems which are scattered around Wales. We are confident that visiting some of these hidden gems will make your Wales trip even more memorable!
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